For the past decade, ABC 10News has partnered with San Diego County to promote a regional vision adopted by the San Diego County Board of Supervisors to help all San Diego residents be healthy, safe and thrive.
Over the last ten years, the County and its almost 500 recognized partners have worked to provoke changes and implement strategies in five areas of influence. They include health, knowledge, social connection, community enhancement and standard of living.
As a recognized Live Well San Diego and key media partner, ABC 10News has brought viewers information and events that directly impact the quality of daily choices.
Annually, ABC 10News produces interviews and promotions with county health officials, county government, community partners and individuals on a variety of topics ranging from annual “Love Your Heart” which provides free blood pressure screenings at more than 160 locations in San Diego, Live Well San Diego 5K and kids 1-mile fun run, plus the Live Well Advanceand more including:
· Swim Safety
· Bullying Prevention
· Age Well and Vital Aging
· Food Insecurity
· School Readiness
· Parks & Recreation
· Early Childhood Development
One example of Live Well San Diego success is the work of the Chula Vista Elementary School District in promoting health literacy and reducing obesity. Chula Vista Elementary School District (CVESD) became the first Live Well San Diego school district on April 17, 2013.
CVESD revamped and enhanced their school wellness policy to address childhood obesity—removing chocolate milk from the menu, limiting cupcakes and other unhealthy treats for student birthday celebrations and making other systemic changes.
In 2010, the district measured the BMI of more than 24,000 students, preschool through sixth grade, then made significant changes to its wellness policies and practices, and then measured again in 2012 to determine if its efforts were having an impact.
Looking at the next 10 years, we see opportunities for individuals and communities across the region to come together around issues like homelessness, health equity, literacy and much more to contribute to healthy, safe and thriving communities.
For additional information about Live Well San Diego, visit: http://www.livewellsd.org/