- Ana Villalobos
- Phone: (925) 682-8248
Fax: (925) 680-2844
Michael Chavez Center
2699 Monument Blvd., Suite G
Concord, CA 94520
The Monument HEAL Zone is a network of community partners working together to make healthy choices the easy choice for Monument 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 Monument 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 Monument HEAL Zone brings together community residents with a network of partner organizations. By working together, we can make lasting, positive changes in Monument’s social and physical environments.
We invite and welcome individuals, groups and organizations to join the Monument HEAL Zone and the fight against obesity.
Contact Ana Villalobos at (925) 682-8248 ext. 2230 for more information.
New Ad Campaign Tells Parents “Sugar Bites”
In an effort to prevent childhood obesity, First 5 Contra Costa and Monument HEAL Zone recipient Healthy and Active Before 5 have launched a hard-hitting campaign urging parents to protect their toddlers and preschoolers from sugary drinks, and serve them water instead.
Sugar Bites calls attention to the abundance of sugar in drinks like soda, flavored milk, and juice boxes and the health risks associated with consuming these drinks, including obesity, tooth decay, and type 2 diabetes.
The Sugar Bites campaign consists of bilingual English and Spanish ads on BART platforms, transit shelters, convenience store windows, and check cashing facilities in Bay Point, Concord, Pittsburg, Richmond, and San Pablo. In addition, parents can get more information from new English and Spanish websites and pamphlets and posters distributed throughout the community.
To learn more, visit the campaign website at www.cutsugarydrinks.org.
Weight of The Nation Shines Light on Obesity: Event at Mt. Diablo High School Encourages Healthy Eating and Active Living
More than 1,300 Mt. Diablo High School students watched a 25-minute version of the Weight of the Nation during four school assemblies.
During the lunch program, Kaiser Permanente announced that they will be funding salad bars in the Mt. Diablo Unified School District. The grant of nearly $22,000 will allow salad bars to be installed at eight elementary schools: Ayers, Gregory Gardens, Mt. Diablo, Silverwood, Valhalla, Walnut Acres, Woodside and Cambridge.
Walking School Bus Off to a Speedy Start!
58 students and 26 adult volunteers enthusiastically joined the Walking School Bus program in Cambridge Elementary in Concord.
When You Cook Together, You Become Healthier Together
At Meadow Homes Middle School Cooking Matters class, 48 ladies enjoy this philosophy as they partake in weekly sessions of nutrition information and healthy cooking.
Walking to Improve the Neighborhood
"Small changes can add up to a big difference along the streets," said Blanca Campos, Monument HEAL Zone Manager for Monument Community Parnership and Michael Chavez Center. Her group helped to organize a walk audit to address areas in need of change. "We want to help the city prioritize short and long term solutions. We want to work together for a better city."
Concord Hosts Four-day Breastfeeding Conference
The conference was held in August and brought together many community groups including; representatives from Public Health Nursing, Nurse Family Partnership, Welcome Home Baby, Planned Parenthood, Prenatal Care Guidance, Monument Community Partnership and several other groups. The event was hosted by Women, Infants & Children (WIC), and Healthy and Active Before Five through support from Kaiser Premanente's HEAL Zone grants.