Santa Barbara is now the second county in California to adopt a Healthy Eating Active Living (HEAL) Resolution, announced the county’s Public Health Department in a Monday press release. The initiative aims to “create communities and workplaces where healthy choices are readily available and easy to make,” working to reverse the state’s obesity and chronic disease epidemics, said the Public Health Department release.
Sponsored by Supervisors Salud Carbajal and Steve Lavagnino, the countywide commitment is a product of the California Center for Public Health Advocacy (CCPHA), whose HEAL Cities Campaign was adopted in Lompoc and the City of Santa Barbara in 2012 and 2014 respectively. Across the state, 180 cities participate in the program. The Central Valley’s Stanislaus County was the first to adopt the program on a countywide basis back in 2014.