Jingle bells, let's hit the trail!
 

Join us in Globe on Saturday, December 2, for the free Healthy Holidays on the Trail Event! Take pictures with "Fit Santa," enjoy activities along the Globe Ledge Trail at the Old Dominion Historic Mine Park, and learn more about efforts to revitalize the Pinal Creek Trail.

Learn more about the event here: https://www.facebook.com/events/400138113754621/

How did you celebrate National Take a Hike Day?

November 17 was National Take a Hike Day, an opportunity to explore all of the wonderful outdoor experiences our beautiful state has to offer. Check out our video below to see some of our favorite trails, hikes, and parks to stay active and take in the Great Outdoors: 


2017 Southwest Indigenous Foodways Gathering & Arizona Small-Scale Producers Forum


Don't miss this gathering of farmers, chefs, and community organizers on December 6, 2017. The event will feature hands-on workshops and presentations on food, seeds, agriculture, ranching, traditional farming methods, health, culinary youth mentorship, food sovereignty and the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.

The forum is free for Indigenous Peoples, POC, residents of Ajo, youth (ages 14-24), and agricultural producers.

Learn more about the event here:  https://www.facebook.com/events/412079949211105/ 

Local programs highlighted in new food policy report


The second edition of Good Laws, Good Food: Putting Local Food Policy to Work for Our Communities provides resources for local food advocates, and highlights Double Up Food Bucks as an innovative local program. The toolkit also highlights efforts from Fresh Express. Follow the link below to check it out! 


Heart of Isaac Community Center opens doors to Maryvale community members 


At the beginning of this month, the Isaac School District opened it's doors to their new Heart of Isaac Community Center for the school district families and the community of Maryvale. 

This was a community-driven effort that was the result of the amazing leadership of Sarah Chavez-Gonzalez, the Maryvale Promotoras, Valley of the Sun United Way, and the Maricopa County Public Health Preventive Health Collaborative. Integrating health, social services, and education in innovative ways such as this results in positive outcomes for all.

Learn more about the community center and the efforts it took to make it a reality in our blogs below: 


Practicing mindful and healthy habits during the holiday season


The holiday season is here! Few things warm our hearts more than families gathering for shared meals and creating meaningful memories over the next two months.

Sometimes the stress of the holidays can feel overwhelming, but there are plenty of ways you and your family can remain mindful of healthy habits during this holiday season.

Family-friendly opportunities to give back to your community


November marks the beginning of the season of giving. No one is too young to learn the importance of helping others. This holiday season, take your family out to assist those in need, all the while imparting habits and compassion to last a lifetime. There are family-friendly activities and organizations across Arizona for you and your loved ones to get involved with, so here are a few ideas to get you started!

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