The New Year is always an exciting and important time for First 5 San Diego. First and foremost, I am proud to welcome Supervisor Dianne Jacob as the 2015 Chair of the First 5 Commission of San Diego. Supervisor Jacob last served as chair in 2009 and 2010. During her tenure, she led the commission in crafting a strategic plan that focused investments on initiatives with specific targets that had deeper impact. She proposed new efforts that used evidence-based strategies such as a targeted home visiting initiative. She also established the Commission’s partnership with Live Well San Diego.
With her return, here are a few things I am looking forward to this year:
- We will implement the First 5 San Diego 2015-2020 Strategic Plan this July. In the face of significantly declining Prop 10 revenues, the commission will continue with Supervisor Jacob’s targeted approach, focusing strategies on multi-objective, impactful investments and initiatives that deliver services and systems change efforts.
- Now in operation, First 5 First Steps, our new targeted home visiting initiative, is expected to serve approximately 600 families countywide by the end of Fiscal Year 2014-15.
- As a key partner of Live Well San Diego, we will continue to work with our community partners to build a healthy, safe and thriving community for San Diego’s youngest population.
As you set your own goals this year, I want to encourage all families to adopt a healthy and active lifestyle. Parents and caregivers can help their kids by being a good role model. In fact, a study by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Foundation showed parents have more potential to influence their child’s behavior, including their eating habits, than anyone else. If they see you making healthier food choices, they will want to eat healthier foods. If they see you getting active, they will want to engage in physical activity. The easiest way to influence your children is to adopt healthy changes as a family – plan meals together, eat together as a family, and share a daily walk or bike ride around the neighborhood.
Best wishes for a happy and healthy 2015!