Healthy policies shape healthy communities

We traditionally view health as the result of individual choices. While this can be true, there are other factors, including the resources and norms of our community, that influence our choices without us always being aware. So how can we be sure the factors around us that impact our health are doing so for the better?

Pinnacle Prevention is dedicated to growing healthy families and communities, with a mission to inspire and advance a healthy food system and opportunities for active living.
Check out the video above to learn more about how your environment impacts your health and the health of your family, how policies can help shape your community, and how Pinnacle Prevention works to make our visions a reality across Arizona.
Schools promoting wellness help create healthy habits for a lifetime 

Schools are places for our children to learn, but they can also promote wellness in our communities. All month long, we've shared insights and stories about how schools, communities, and neighborhoods collectively shape our health. 

Check out this blog to learn more about the important role schools play in promoting physical activity. 

Visit this site for more resources for promoting school wellness in your community. 
Building Resilient Communities: How Isaac School District turned an old house into a thriving resource center for all 

Isaac Family Resource Center - VL Class 38

When schools and communities unite, they create opportunities for everyone to thrive.  One incredible example of this work in our state is the Isaac Family Resource Center - a collaboration between the Isaac School District, community members and various organizations with a shared vision of wellness and success for their neighborhood. 

Isaac School District consultant Sarah Gonzalez helped make this vision a reality, and shared insights with us about the need for a Resource Center in the community, as well as the process, challenges, and rewards of establishing it. 

Read this blog series to learn more about the project, and watch the video above for more inspiring insights. 

Double Up Food Bucks expands to Tuba City

We are thrilled to have the Painted Desert Farmers Market join the Double Up Food Bucks Arizona family. SNAP customers can bring home twice as many fresh fruits and vegetables from the Tuba City market every Monday at 3:30 p.m. 

Our list of participating markets is always growing. Check out the Double Up AZ website for the most up-to-date list of markets, and more resources to help spread the word about this amazing program. 
Hunger Action Month: How you can help raise awareness, take action, and find solutions

September is Hunger Action Month, an opportunity to spread the word, take action on the hunger crisis, and dedicate ourselves to a solution. Join the #HungerActionMonth conversation, and watch our video below for more ways you can make a difference. 

Check out our chat with Payson Mayor Craig Swartwood

We love the work we do and the people we get to work with along the way. This month, the mayor of Payson sat down with our very own Jessie Gruner to talk about Pinnacle Prevention's work in Arizona, the upcoming Story on the Trail event, Gila County's SNAP Education program, Double Up Food Bucks, and so much more!

A huge thanks to Mayor Craig Swartwood, the Town of Payson, and the amazing community there.

Pinnacle Prevention brings "Farm to Where You Are" Park to Downtown Phoenix

We had a blast at Park(ing) Day Phoenix this year! Our executive director Adrienne Udarbe talked about the importance of access to food and growing food in public spaces. 

Downtown Meters Taken for Park(ing) Day 
Via 12 News, By Bryan West

From 6 a.m. to 10 a.m. on Friday, metered parking spots in downtown Phoenix transformed into public parks.

The event is called PARK(ing) Day and is a global event. Major cities participate in the day which challenges people to rethink the way streets are used and reinforces the need for broad-based changes to urban infrastructure.

Arizona has below-average early childhood obesity rates

Via KTAR News, by Kathy Cline

More than 13 percent of young Arizona children are obese but that was below the national average, a nonprofit group said. The State of Obesity ranked Arizona children 32nd in the nation for obesity. However, that ranking only applied for children ages 2-4. When it came to Arizona kids aged 10-17, it was a very different story. Nearly 20 percent of them were obese, the seventh-highest percentage in the nation.

Phoenix dietitian Jessie Gruner with Pinnacle Prevention said that data showed parents needs to introduce kids to healthy options at a young age.

A creative salad can be a great entrée

Via Living Well, by Debra Gelbart

A salad doesn't have to be limited to a supporting role at dinnertime. Limitless options can make it a delicious main attraction. "A salad can be a wonderful and nutritionally balanced meal," said Jaclyn Chamberlain, RDN, a registered dietitian nutritionist with Pinnacle Prevention, a Chandler-based nonprofit that works to improve access to healthy food and create opportunities for healthy living. 

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