California’s Healthy Behaviors Initiative

The Healthy Behaviors Initiative (HBI) supports local and statewide efforts by transforming expanded learning programs into places that embed healthy eating, physical activity and food security in their policies, practices and behaviors--changing the lives of the students, staff and families. Currently there are 28 multi-site programs and 37 Learning Centers statewide that are implementing the HBI practices at an exemplary level; impacting the policies, practices and behaviors of close to 1000 expanded learning sites throughout California.  Read more here.

Growing Healthy Happy Kids
December 2016
As part of its Healthy Behaviors Learning Community in San Joaquin and Stanislaus counties, CCS held a Community Kick off event at the San Joaquin County Office of Education to showcase the ways they're promoting healthy eating, physical activity and food security at 5 afterschool programs in the region.  Read the article on

Kaiser Permanente Awards $89,000 Grant to Increase Healthy Eating, Physical Activity and Food Security Through Afterschool Programs
October 2016
The Center for Collaborative Solutions is please to announce a second grant through Kaiser Permanente to continue its Healthy Behaviors Initiative (HBI) with five afterschool programs in Stanislaus and San Joaquin counties. Read more here

Kaiser Permanente Helps the Healthy Behaviors Initiative Expand in the Central Valley
July 2016
Under a grant from the Kaiser Permanente National Community Benefit Fund at the East Bay Community Foundation, CCS has established five Healthy Behaviors Learning Centers in Stanislaus and San Joaquin counties. Read more here.

Silicon Valley YMCA Adopts HEPA Standards
For the Silicon Valley YMCA (an HBI Certified Learning Center since 2010) the push toward healthy eating and physical fitness has been underway for a very long time.  
“We were working on this long before the Healthy Eating and Physical Activity (HEPA) standards were developed,” explains Mary Hoshiko Haughey, Senior VP for Operations, “so once the YMCA-USA signed on to the standards, we were early adopters.”  This early focus on physical activity and healthy eating also paved the way for a Y partnership with the Santa Clara county health department and production of a resource guidebook, Fit for Learning, aimed at fully integrating healthy eating and PA into both school and after-school lesson-planning.  Read more and access the guide here.  

Changing Lives, Saving Lives
A Step-by-Step Guide to Developing Exemplary Practices in Healthy Eating, Physical Activities and Food Security in Afterschool Programs.


Putting Local School Wellness Policies into Action: Stories from School Districts and Schools
January 2015
The CDC has compiled 11 stories that provide examples of steps and strategies used to implement wellness policies, including activities in key areas such as improving school meals and increasing physical activity levels among students.  For more information about Local School Wellness Policies click here.


Visit a Learning Center
By visiting a learning center you can experience programs in action and take away ideas, free resources and critical knowledge to easily build into your program and achieve the same successful and measurable results. These tools will help your program become more intentional, and make nutrition and physical activity part of your core program, as part of a holistic approach that changes attitudes and behaviors.