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Nutrition and Physical Activity Initiative

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Infants and Children

Appropriate infant and child nutrition, including breastfeeding, and physical activity reduces health risks and can lead to improved health beyond childhood.

Women of Reproductive Age

Preconception health sets the stage for healthier mothers and babies.

  • Healthy Weight for Healthy Birth and Beyond | A birthing parent’s weight before, during and after pregnancy affects the health of both the birthing parent and the baby. Birthing parents who are overweight or obese before becoming pregnant and/or gain excessive weight during pregnancy have increased risk for numerous adverse health conditions such as preeclampsia, gestational diabetes, cesarean delivery and hypertension.
  • California Diabetes and Pregnancy Program (CDAPP) Sweet Success Guidelines for
     | Patient management references for multidiscipline providers serving women with diabetes before, during and after pregnancy. Includes nutrition, breastfeeding and physical activity guidelines.
  • CPSP Online Skills-Based Training on 24-Hour Recall/Nutrition Assessment  | This module focuses on how to conduct a successful interview with your clients to get the information you need to complete the 24-Hour Perinatal Food Recall/Nutrition Assessment.
  • MyPlate Resources to help individuals achieve and maintain a healthy weight. Tools and handouts encourage children, teens and pregnant and breastfeeding women to include a variety of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, lean proteins and dairy on their plates every day and be physically active.
  • Folic Acid Resources - All California women of reproductive age should take a supplement with 400μg of folic acid daily or consume a breakfast cereal fortified with 100% of the recommended daily value of folic acid to prevent serious birth defects.
  • Physical Activity Planner  to set goals, choose activities you want to do, and get tips to help you stay motivated.

Worksite Nutrition and Physical Activity

Fostering a healthy workplace can benefit an organization by improving employee morale, increasing productivity and by reducing absenteeism and healthcare costs.

  • National Alliance for Nutrition and Activity Healthy Meeting Toolkit (PDF)  provides guidance for organizations that hold meetings and conferences. The toolkit addresses four topic areas: nutrition, physical activity, tobacco-free, and sustainability.
  • Physical Activity Breaks for the Workplace Resource Guide, CDC (PDF)  provides resources and ideas to help employees build short (5–10-minute) activity breaks into their workdays and meetings. The resource guide is designed for all employers, regardless of size or industry type. It presents ideas and resources for physical activity breaks that are easy, fun, low cost, and are not disruptive to the workplace.
  • Network for a Healthy California--Worksite Program  | The Worksite Program works with employers throughout California to: 1) Improve access to healthy foods and physical activity at workplaces; 2) Foster supportive work environments that encourage healthy lifestyle choices; and 3) Establish public policies that bolster health promotion efforts at worksites.

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