County Launches Next Chapter of Live Well San Diego

Take a look back at the past four years of the Live Well San Diego initiative and learn more about “Thriving”

Four years into the County’s ambitious 10-year initiative to improve the health and well-being of all county residents, San Diego County’s Board of Supervisors officially launched the third part of Live Well San Diego, “Thriving”. The final component will focus on improving three areas: Built and Natural Environments, such as transportation, neighborhoods and housing; Enrichment, such as civic life and community activities; and Prosperity, Economy and Education, including areas such as workforce education and economic development.

The County introduced Live Well San Diego in 2010 with the release of its “3-4-50: Chronic Diseases in San Diego County” report.  That report showed that three behaviors poor nutrition, lack of exercise and tobacco use —  directly contributed to the four diseases — cancer, heart disease/stroke, type 2 diabetes and respiratory illnesses like asthma — that caused more than half of all deaths in the county. “Building Better Health”, the first component of Live Well San Diego, proposed that people could lead healthier lives by attacking those three behaviors.  County supervisors adopted Live Well San Diego’s second component, “Living Safely” in 2012.

At the official launch during the board’s October 2014 meeting, County Health and Human Services Agency General Manager Nick Macchione provided a review of the initiative’s progress.  Macchione said that the Live Well San Diego initiative had already cut “3-4-50” deaths by 2 percent since 2010.  First 5 San Diego’s Quality Preschool Initiative (QPI) was among the key accomplishments he highlighted, noting that QPI had increased the number of children who were able to have access to quality preschools by 50 percent in the last year to 11,235 children. 

As a collective effort among cities and governments; diverse businesses, including healthcare and technology; military and veterans organizations; schools; and community faith-based organizations, 70 organizations have since joined the initiative.  First 5 San Diego partners VONS, Jacobs & Cushman San Diego Food Bank, and VIP Village Preschool have successfully signed onto the initiative. 

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