Friday, November 22, 2013

District joins county's Live Well San Diego network

The Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District Governing Board voted this week to join San Diego County’s “Live Well San Diego” campaign, part of the district’s commitment to supporting the health and wellness of the campus communities at the two East County colleges.

The county program was launched in 2010 as a long-term initiative to improve the health and well-being of all residents by involving partners including cities and schools to promote healthy, safe and thriving communities. The program was created to tackle three behaviors that have contributed to more than 60 percent of the deaths of East County residents – poor nutrition, lack of exercise and tobacco use.

The Governing Board passed a resolution Tuesday ratifying the district’s partnership with the county, becoming among the first higher-education institutions to join the Live Well San Diego network.

San Diego County Supervisor Dianne Jacob welcomed the district as an official partner in the program, and applauded the district’s many initiatives already in place: Cuyamaca College’s Intergenerational Garden and its nutrition education efforts, the Water Conservation Garden, the farmer’s market held at Cuyamaca College each week, and Project SHINE, a program offering English as a Second Language classes to recent immigrants and refugees with a focus on health literacy.

“We strongly endorse this partnership to work jointly to ensure the health, safety and overall well-being of our students and employees,” Board President William Garrett said. “This is a wonderful opportunity to educate people about lifestyle choices that can help them avoid illnesses and truly thrive.”

In approving the Live Well San Diego partnership, trustees vowed that the district will continue providing informational programs for students, employees and the community, including health and wellness workshops, drug prevention programs, and cultural competency and diversity workshops.

Chancellor Cindy L. Miles said Grossmont and Cuyamaca colleges have made great strides in ensuring the well-being of students and the entire campus communities by promoting positive choices, healthy nutrition and the wide range of informational programs.

In addition to motivational activities like yoga and Zumba classes, walk groups and challenge competitions, campus safety and training programs are also in place to promote awareness and preparation.

“Our Live Well San Diego partnership with the county only reinforces our ongoing commitment to improve the health, safety and quality of life of our students and employees,” Miles said.

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