About the Project

Preventing Childhood Obesity -Collaborative Public Health Action in Florida Communities

In February 2009, War on Poverty-Florida, Inc., in partnership with the Women of Color Cultural Foundation and the Pearl Nutrition Services site of Duval County Health Department’s Community Nutrition Services Division launched a 3-year program to reduce the prevalence of obesity, promote physical activity, and provide education on practicing healthy meal choices to targeted northwest Jacksonville communities.

The Building a Healthy Community – Childhood Obesity Prevention Project (BHC-COP) is an awareness campaign designed to promote active lifestyles and healthy eating habits for youth and their families.


Our mission is to reduce the risks for childhood obesity related health issues of childhood adolescent obesityusing a community based approach to increase awareness, provide education and increase physical activities for children and families.

In 2010, War on Poverty-Florida launched the BHC-COP program in a community in north Miami-Dade County. The BHC Opa-Locka (BHC-OPL) project is being coordinated in partnership with Florida Memorial College in an effort to reduce obesity among children, by promoting physical activity, providing nutrition education and increasing access fresh fruits and vegetables through urban and community gardening.

Build a Healthy Community Objectives:

  • Increase nutrition & health education through targeted outreach and education programs
  • Provide healthy eating education workshops that include food preparation and budget shopping activities
  • Engage youth and adults in service learning activities around community gardening
  • Introduce opportunities for youth and teens to become engaged in the awareness campaign through participating in the development of youth-led messages and activities

Get Engaged with the Building A Healthy Community Project!

  • Register your local community youth group for nutrition classes
  • Volunteer to help in a community garden!
  • National Nutrition Month

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