Check out our new report on Arizona food policy coalitions

Our state is full of individuals and organizations who are passionate about creating healthy, sustainable, and equitable food systems across Arizona. In March, we released a report that digs in to what these organizations are doing, and how a statewide, collaborative network could help improve food systems in communities across the state.

Here at Pinnacle Prevention, we believe it takes a village to make a meaningful difference! Read the report to learn more. 

"We are far enough along in Arizona in our food system evolution that we are ready for this type of conversation. We have enough experience of success and challenge and richness of examples to really benefit from work at a statewide level." 
- Liz Taylor, Flagstaff Foodlink 
Arizonans can now bring home even more fresh produce with Double Up Food Bucks

We're thrilled to announce that Arizona families can now bring home twice as much produce with Double Up Food Bucks! Beginning on May 1, SNAP customers can receive up to $20 worth of Double Up Food Bucks tokens at participating farmers markets. 

A huge thanks to all of our partners, growers, markets and supporters for helping this wonderful program grow. We look forward to expanding into even more Arizona communities to help all families bring home healthy, fresh, Arizona-grown fruits and vegetables.

Visit for more information and to find participating locations. Like our page on Facebookfollow us on Twitter and check out our Instagram for updates and news about sustainable and healthy food initiatives. Stay tuned for more news as we continue to grow! 

Fresh Express now serving Maryvale communities

We joined the Fresh Express mobile market team to celebrate an exciting launch on Wednesday, April 19. The mobile market bus has added 25 stops in multiple Maryvale neighborhoods, increasing access to fresh fruits and vegetables for individuals and families in the community. 

We're thrilled to have Fresh Express as a Double Up Food Bucks partner. To learn more and find stops near you, visit the Fresh Express website or Facebook page. Check our our Facebook live video stream of the launch, and special thanks to Councilman Daniel Valenzuela!
Want a happy, healthy and engaged community? Invest in public spaces.

A big part of our work here at Pinnacle Prevention is ensuring that all Arizonans have access to safe places to stay active, connect with their communities and soak up the benefits of open and public areas. That's why we're taking a deeper look into the benefits of public spaces this month, and spending some time to share inspiring discussions, resources and projects across our state and country. 

Read this blog to learn more about why public spaces are so important, and what goes into making a successful public place! 

For more resources, visit the Project for Public Spaces website. For continued learning opportunities surrounding public space, check out the CDC's Training Framework for Public Health and Planning Professionals .
PPS Releases New Report, "The Case for Healthy Places: Improving Health through Placemaking"

A growing body of research over the last several decades has shown the connections between "place" and health, and it is well documented that a person's zip code can be a more reliable determinant of health than their genetic code.

How public spaces make cities work

Via TEDTalks, by Amanda Burden

More than 8 million people are crowded together to live in New York City. What makes it possible? In part, it's the city's great public spaces -- from tiny pocket parks to long waterfront promenades -- where people can stroll and play. Amanda Burden helped plan some of the city's newest public spaces, drawing on her experience as, surprisingly, an animal behaviorist. She shares the unexpected challenges of planning parks people love -- and why it's important.

New urban parks and public spaces to see in 2017

Photo by Christian Phillips

Via Curbed, by Patrick Sisson:

The urban park, from well-manicured, small lots in residential neighborhoods to massive, city-defining landmarks such as Central Park, have long been centerpieces of city life. But in an age of climate change and evolving urban-planning concepts, parks are being viewed through many different lenses.

More that just escapes to help residents reconnect with nature, parks and public spaces are now used as tools for engagement and environmentalism and means to promote resilience, knit together neighborhoods, and help revitalize cities. Landscape architecture is fast becoming a centerpiece, not just a facet, of urban design.

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