National City became the first city in the South Region to be designated as a Live Well San Diego city on June 18, 2013.  National City was honored for its support of the community improvement plans designed and proposed through the Resident Leadership Academy (RLA) and Communities of Excellence in Nutrition, Physical Activity and Obesity Prevention (CX3) projects.  Even though National City has already been recognized with the top score in San Diego County for walkability, National City continues to work to improve in this regard with the Marina District Development.  National City is home to Olivewood Gardens and Learning Center which became the hub for community meetings to gather input on the Butterfly Park Restoration Project. Olivewood Gardens empowers residents to be healthy and active through organic gardening, environmental stewardship and nutritional education programs. Additionally, in collaboration with the Environmental Health Coalition (EHC), National City developed and adopted the Environmental Justice and Health Element into their General Plan. Designated as a Healthy Eating Active Living city, National City created a Wellness Committee to encourage employees to be more physically active and eat more nutritious meals. National City makes the health and wellness of its residents and employees a top priority.


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