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ADELANTO, APPLE VALLEY, HESPERIA AND VICTORVILLE, CA, JULY 25, 2014 - Public health officials have prodded us to eat better and get more exercise for years, yet California residents are growing increasingly overweight or obese. Where’s the disconnect?

St. Mary’s Medical Center, Community Health Action Network, Apple Valley Unified School District, and the San Bernardino County Department of Public Health’s Nutrition Program developed a Communities of Excellence in Nutrition, Physical Activity, and Obesity Prevention (CX3 ) High Desert Action Team. The CX3 project – developed and funded by the California Department of Public Health – has provided this team with resources and tools to take a ground-level look at lowincome neighborhoods in neighborhoods in the High Desert Area (Adelanto, Apple Valley, Hesperia, and Victorville) of San Bernardino County to understand the dynamics shaping health behaviors. By mapping food environments in the neighborhood, including food availability, fast-food outlets, convenience-store offerings and food-marketing practices, the health department gathered the first concrete understanding of the issues shaping local nutrition and health behaviors.

“The findings are both instructional and concerning,” said Kevin Mahany, Director of Advocacy & Healthy Communities at St. Joseph Health, St. Mary. “We discovered neighborhood food environments where the abundance of low-nutrition, high-fat and sugar-laden foods far outweighs the availability of healthy-food options. The information collected should serve as a guide in making community-wide changes to significantly improve the health of San Bernardino County.”

The CX3 High Desert Action Team collected and analyzed local data to gain a realistic picture of the overall quality of the nutrition environment in particular neighborhoods. An • evaluation was conducted in four low-income neighborhoods in the High Desert area, including: the north Adelanto community in Adelanto, the Yucca Loma neighborhood in the Town of Apple Valley, the Gateway Area neighborhood in Hesperia, and the old-town neighborhood in the City of Victorville.

The High Desert’s low income neighborhoods, based on the CX3 analysis, are out of balance from a nutrition and health perspective. These neighborhoods are characterized by limited access to affordable, healthy foods like fruits and vegetables. They are dominated by an abundance of stores where cheaper, packaged and less healthy foods dominate – namely convenience stores, small corner markets and fast-food outlets.

“Our analysis points to clear opportunities for action to make our neighborhoods ‘communities of excellence,’” Mahany said. “Gaining a realistic picture of the health of the neighborhood offers residents, merchants, community leaders, and local neighborhood and health groups a focal point as they work to build a healthier community.”

The public is invited to attend the various public events taking place throughout the month of August. Events have been scheduled as follows:

City of Victorville: Wednesday, August 06, 2014 from 8:30 AM to 12:00 PM Calvary Chapel Church 15081 Center Street, Victorville CA 923095 Contact: CHAN at (760) 241-9900

City of Hesperia: Friday, August 22, 2014 from 8:30 AM to 12:00 PM New Life Chapel Church-Oasis Building 10184 7th Street, Hesperia CA 92345 Contact: CHAN at (760) 241-9900

Town of Apple Valley: Tuesday, August 26, 2014 from 12:30 PM to 3:00 PM Yucca Loma School, Paul Swick Family Center 21351 Yucca Loma Rd, Apple Valley CA 92307 Contact Information: Valerie Smith at (760) 240-5606

City of Adelanto: Friday, August 29, 2014 from 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM Adelanto School District-Boardroom 11824 Air Expressway, Adelanto CA 92301 Contact: Wendolym Dubon at (760) 946-8802

For additional information, I may be reach in the following ways: Kevin Mahany at (760) 946-8120 or

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