Center for Healthy Communities

Our Mission & Vision

We Envision Healthy, Connected, and Empowered Communities

Farm to school produce

How We Make A Difference

The Center for Healthy Communities (CHC) is a leader in nutrition education, food security and physical activity programs and policies addressing the needs of diverse populations locally, regionally, and internationally. CHC provides the infrastructure and coordination of shared resources for interdisciplinary student-faculty-staff research and opportunities for civic engagement and service learning in our communities.


  • Direct Programs & Services
  • Tailored Training 
  • Research & Evaluation
  • Policy & System Change 
  • Environmental Changes
  • Partnerships & Collaborations
  • Youth & Community Engagement
  • Media

Core Values

  1. Valuing the promotion of optimal health, we enhance healthy eating and active living practices and policies via civic partnerships, research, program development, implementation and evaluation. 
  2. Valuing environmental sustainability as a way of living, we identify, implement and evaluate stewardship activities to support healthy eating and active living. 
  3. Valuing personal, professional and community development, we promote excellence in faculty, staff and community partnerships. 
  4. Valuing CSUC students as leaders of tomorrow. CHC provides opportunities for interdisciplinary service learning, civic engagement and research to serve the educational, cultural and economic needs of the community. 
  5. Valuing policy and environmental strategies as catalysts for long-lasting change, we advocate for systems, organizational, and point-of-decision changes to help achieve healthy life practices.