The Modesto HEAL Zone is a network of community partners working together to make healthy choices the easy choice for Modesto residents. Our goal is to help prevent diseases such as diabetes and hypertension that often result from being overweight or obese.
The HEAL Zone Community Action Plan (CAP) was created by Modesto residents and includes several different activities and strategies aimed at helping people eat better and move more by focusing on:
- Lowering calorie consumption
- Increasing fresh fruits and vegetables consumption
- Increasing physical activity in community settings, such as parks, and safe routes for walking and biking
- Increasing physical activity in institutional settings, such as schools and work sites
The Modesto HEAL Zone brings together community residents with a network of partner organizations, including:
- Kaiser Permanente
- WMKKNC Board
- Health Services Agency, Public Health
- Modesto City Schools
- City of Modesto’s Parks, Recreation and Neighborhoods
- HEAL Cities
- City of Modesto
- Maxx Value
- Mi Pueblo
- Champions for Change
- Franklin Healthy Start, Morning Coffee
- UC Cooperative Extension
- Anthem Blue Cross
- Doctors Medical Foundation
- Health Net
- Bee Nutrition
- East Stanislaus Conservation District
- Project Uplift
- Heifer International
- Community Services Agency
- Center for Food Policy Advocates
- Walking Trail Steering Committee (i.e., Kaiser Permanente, Modesto Police Department, CA Highway Patrol, City Ministries Network, Modesto Fire Chief, Mayor, Board of Supervisors, Modesto City Schools, City of Modesto, Modesto Junk Recycling Center, Public Health)
- City of Modesto Planning Department
- Stanislaus County Planners
- West Modesto residents – Walking Group
- Stanislaus County Safe Communities Coalition
- Marshall Elementary Schools
- Franklin Elementary School
- Modesto Junior College
- CSU Stanislaus
- Nutrition Education Outreach Project
- Christian Love Baptist Church
- Central Grace Church
- Christ Unity Baptist Church
- Second Baptist Church
- Progressive Missionary Baptist Church
- Westside Neighborhood Church of God in Christ
- Promotores Network
By working together, we can make lasting, positive changes in Modesto’s social and physical environments.
We invite and welcome individuals, groups and organizations to join the Modesto HEAL Zone and the fight against obesity.
Contact Carole Collins at (209) 522-6902 for more information.
Yes We Have No Bananas
In the Modesto HEAL Zone, worksite wellness continues to flourish at the Stanislaus County Health Services Agency.
This year, they kicked off their annual Wellness Challenge with something new—a farmers market. The Wellness Challenge is a friendly competition between departments to encourage healthy lifestyle behaviors. Employees earn points by doing things like drinking water, eating healthy breakfasts and lunches, exercising, and eating more fruits and vegetables.
The new farmers market sold 1,154 pounds of fruits and vegetables in just its first month—including every last banana.
Walking Trail Closer to Reality
We're moving in the right direction to making the Helen White Memorial Walking Trail a reality. 200k has been raised to date, along with a 255k in verbal commitments, bringing us to 46% of the funds needed. If you would like more information about the Helen White Memorial Walking Trail, please contact us.
Growing our Garden – Literally
The Modesto HEAL Zone received a $376,232 award from California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) to 1) expand farming from 1.5 to 4.5 acres; 2) establish community garden that provides culturally appropriate Corps in the neighborhood; 3) increase participation of local farmers at Farmer’s Market and Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) Program; 4) engage local residents, elementary school children to participate in urban farming and; 5) provide education on specialty crops and the value of value of California Grown Specialty Crops to residents. We're excited about this opportunity and look forward to growing our garden!
Walking School Bus
Seventy five students are actively participating in our Walking School Bus, along with four parent "drivers" in the HEAL Zone. Interested in joining us? Please feel free to contact us for more information and how you can get involved.
Spring 2013 - West Modesto/King Kennedy Neighborhood Collaborative will partner with Network for a Healthy California-Gold County Region, Stanislaus County Health Services Agency, University of California Cooperative Extension, WIC and Maxx Value Store to host a Fruit and Veggie Fest in the Spring 2013. The event is a statewide effort to empower low-income families to make healthy, active living a priority. It will provide nutrition information, offer store tours and share tips and ideas to help shoppers make small, budget-friendly changes to improve their families’ health.
Fall 2012 - In partnership with local Kaiser Permanente, WMKKNC held two The Weight of the Nation forums. The first event targeted Policy and Decision Makers for Stanislaus County on August 28, 2012. The audience for the second event targeted service providers on September 20, 2012. Each forum consisted of refreshments, a 20 minute screening, panel (health care professionals, policy advocate and faith based leader) and Q & A session following the panel discussion.
Modesto Nonprofit to Mark Decade of Aid in Community
Advancing Vibrant Communities, a nonprofit organization, has used thousands of volunteers from all faiths to help install ramps for the disabled, provide rides to medical appointments, make house repairs, provide furniture and appliances, and perform a multitude of other tasks.