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Boys and Girls Clubs of Tucson
The Pima County Health Department partnered with the Boys & Girls Clubs of Tucson to create positive environments for youth and families to adopt healthy behaviors. Under the leadership of Armando Rios, CEO, Boys & Girls Clubs promoted improved nutrition for their members by making healthy changes in the food provided by the clubhouse. They replaced all unhealthy drinks and snacks with healthier options in the vending machines. Snack bars now use a color-coding system to highlight healthy options, and nutritional information is posted so members can make informed choices. A new policy requires half of the events offer only healthy refreshments, and two clubhouses created community gardens, teaching both food production and nutrition education. "Adapting our snack bars to meet guidelines will have tremendous impact on the quality of life for those kids we serve," says John McDowell, Vice President, Boys & Girls Clubs of Tucson.
For more information on these Tucson activities, visit the HealthyPima.org website.
ADHS Employees Make Healthy Changes
Antonio Hernandez, Emergency Preparedness and Response
A 5-year Emergency Preparedness employee took the ADHS Wellness Challenges and ran with them!
In September 2010, Antonio Hernandez participated in a Biggest Loser contest and the Fruit and Veggie Challenge with many of his co-workers, in a bid to eat a bit healthier. But Antonio didn't make light of the challenges, instead he took it a little further by researching the top 10 brain foods and some physical activity routines to practice.
To Antonio's full profiles, check out our Employee Wellness Profiles Archive.
Locally Grown in Pima County
Pima County Health Department received a multimillion dollar grant from the Centers from Disease Control and Prevention to create an environment that supports healthy living. One of the many issues they worked on was to expand distribution of healthy food to the community. In partnership with Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona, new year-round farmer's market was established at El Pueblo Park, providing access to healthy, locally grown fruits and vegetables to the neighborhoods surrounding this park and transportation hub. Additionally, multiple farm stands - small, mobile markets operating on a semiweekly or monthly schedule, were piloted in areas across Pima County. All the markets accepted SNAP benefits and Farmer's Market Nutrition Program coupons. The program also focused on the children in the community. Working alongside child-care facilities, the Community Food Bank developed a Farm-to-Child program to expand access to and consumption of healthy food by our youngest community members. The food bank helps childcare providers get access to better pricing on healthy.