Dr. Robert C. and Veronica Atkins
Center for Weight & Health, UC Berkeley



Northern California Healthy Eating Active Living

Welcome to the technical assistance site for Northern California HEAL Grantee Network. This site is primarily intended for Kaiser Permanente's HEAL grantees for use in finding resources, materials, and information.

Kaiser Permanente’s mission is to provide high-quality, affordable health care services and to improve the health of our members and the communities we serve. Inspired by this mission, Kaiser Permanente developed Healthy Eating Active Living (HEAL), a comprehensive approach to addressing the rising obesity epidemic and other chronic health conditions related to inactivity and poor nutrition. The concept behind HEAL is to make healthy choices easy by increasing access to healthy food and physical activity everywhere that people live, work, learn, and play including schools, worksites and neighborhood settings. The Kaiser Permanente HEAL approach includes both the Community Health Initiative and the Local Partnership Grants Program.

Kaiser Permanente's Healthy Eating Active Living Community Health Initiative (HEAL-CHI) is a five-year, place-based initiative aimed at transforming neighborhoods, schools, workplaces, and health care settings in Modesto, Richmond, and Santa Rosa. Local collaboratives are focusing on long-term, sustainable policy and organizational practice changes to address nutrition and physical activity goals in each sector.

The Local Partnership Grants (LPG) program provides funding for two years to support local HEAL efforts throughout Northern California. Grant recipients are working to foster sustainable changes by implementing wellness policies in schools, building youth leadership capacity, and developing model policies and practices for business and government, among other innovative efforts.

For additional information about the HEAL Community Health Initiative or the Local Partnership Grants, please contact Kathryn Boyle [510-625-6378; email  ].

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The Center for Weight & Health

Since its founding in 1998, UC Berkeley’s Dr. Robert C. and Veronica Atkins Center for Weight & Health has worked with schools and diverse community groups to develop and evaluate programs to support healthy eating and active living, with a focus on children and families in low-income communities and communities of color. In addition to our evaluation efforts, we have also developed educational materials for providers and children in multiple languages and that use a variety of media. We are known for our collaborative approach that—while maintaining scientific rigor—is responsive to the real-world needs and concerns of our partners. In all of our collaborations, we strive to provide information and support that facilitates our partners’ ability to succeed and that focuses on outcomes that are meaningful to the communities we serve.

CWH Resources

Summaries and links to surveys that collect health and behavior data in California and nationwide can be found at the Center for Weight & Health's website .

Descriptions of and links to sources of information about funding opportunities for weight and health related activities—including links to numerous government and private sector funding agencies, current RFPs, and other funding resources—can also be found at the Center for Weight & Health's website .