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Making Healthy Choices Easy

Community well-being is partly the result of our institutional and environmental policies about public health issues. These can be changed for the common good in Redding, CA. We can work together to make healthy choices the easy, default choices in our schools, gathering places, streets and neighborhoods. Healthy Shasta and Shasta Living Streets are making great strides toward these goals.

Oakland-based ChangeLab Solutions also has a library of resources – publications, webinars and training workshops to assist in these efforts. They provide “community-based solutions for America’s most common and preventable diseases like cancer, heart disease, diabetes, obesity, and asthma. They promote the common good by making healthier choices easier for everyone.” They empower advocates and policy leaders with legally sound guidance and resources to make schools and communities healthier for children. They help make neighborhoods safe and healthy. We can redesign our built environment to encourage activity for residents.

Achieving the common good means everyone has: nourishing food; safe places to live and play; plenty of opportunities to bike, walk, or take transit; fresh water; and clean air indoors and out. But meeting those needs requires good laws and policies that link housing, education, jobs and the environment to create healthy outcomes. It means efficient government working with strong and diverse leadership toward common goals.

ChangeLab Solutions has a staff of attorneys, city planners, and policy analysts who work primarily in four key program areas: Healthy PlanningTobacco ControlChildhood Obesity, and Healthy Housing.

ChangeLab Solutions is a non-partisan, non-profit organization that educates and informs the public through objective, non-partisan analysis, study, and/or research.

  • According to Associated Press, “a bill that would have made California the first state in the nation to require warning labels on sodas and other sugary drinks was effectively killed Tuesday”, June 17, 2014.
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