The South Sacramento HEAL Zone is a network of community partners working together to make healthy choices the easy choice for South Sacramento 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 South Sacramento 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 South Sacramento HEAL Zone brings together community residents with a network of partner organizations, including:
- Walk Sacramento
- Elk Grove Unified School District
- Alchemist Community Development Corporation
- JDS Corner
- Cosumnes River College
- Blackbelt In Fitness
- Mack Road Partnership
- People Reaching Out
By working together, we can make lasting, positive changes in South Sacramento’s social and physical environments.
We invite and welcome individuals, groups and organizations to join the South Sacramento HEAL Zone and the fight against obesity.
Contact Kacy Rodriguez at (916) 556-3344 for more information.
Can a Park With a Violent Past Become the Heart of the Community?
In South Sacramento that transformation has begun. Thanks to the partnership between the South Sacramento HEAL Zone and the Health Education Council, a local park is no longer a ghost town that had a reputation for violence. Cooking classes, farm stands, aerobics and a summer basketball league are some of the activities that helped make this park come alive with energy. "People who live in the area are not just cheering the players, they're also cheering the program."
2nd Leadership Conference for Women in Northern California
Over 200 Latina community leaders attended the 2nd Women’s Leadership Conference of Northern California at the Mexican Consulate of Sacramento in November 2012. The Health Education Council (HEC), fiscal agency of the Ventanilla de Salud Program at the Consulate, brought together community leaders, or promotoras, to address the education, health, and legal issues that their neighborhoods face. Judge Emily Vasquez offered the keynote address at the conference, describing her journey from growing up in migrant farm labor camps to attending law school and becoming a Sacramento Superior Court Judge. The conference also featured entertainment and a resource fair during lunch. Kaiser Permanente was one of the Premier Sponsors to fund the event, which received positive feedback from all who attended.
Farm Produce Stand in South Sacramento
Promotoras Leading Walks to Promote Better Health