Through a unanimous vote of their Board of Directors on August 26, 2013, Palomar Health became the first hospital system to adopt Live Well San Diego and was officially recognized as a partner by County officials at a special ceremony at their Board meeting on September 9, 2013.  As the state’s largest public health district, Palomar Health’s innovative and community-centered approach to health and well-being is exemplified in their unique Community Action Council (CAC) model to identify, address and advocate for the health care needs of Palomar Health’s communities. The five CACs throughout the Palomar Health service area use collaboration and partnership to actively work to promote healthy environments and wellness, build relationships with key leaders and educate residents about health-related community services.  The CACs have implemented the Transforming Obesity & Diabetes Awareness in Youth (TODAY) project which has administered body mass index (BMI) percentile screening to hundreds of youth to identify and provide resources to families of youth at-risk for obesity and diabetes. The CACs have participated in the Yellow Ribbon for Suicide Prevention Program, implemented a Gardening and Nutrition Education Program for 200 adults and children and advocated for policy changes to prevent substance abuse in cities throughout their service area. In addition, Palomar Health supports employee wellness by implementing Meatless Mondays, using local organic produce, and reducing sugar sweetened beverages sold at its hospitals.

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