New name, expanded vision

Chico State’s research- and services-based program grows out of shell

To more accurately reflect a broader focus on research, policy change and promoting fresh, local food, the program at Chico State long known as the Center for Nutrition and Activity Promotion has changed its name to the Center for Healthy Communities.

It started in 2001 as one health program, and has since expanded to 27 programs in 19 counties in the North State; over the last decade, it has put nearly $30 million of grant funding to use, according to a Chico State press release. The center’s founder, Executive Director Cindy Wolff (pictured), said in the statement that the name change reflects an expanded emphasis on “community transformation as well as changing individual and family lifestyles.”

New areas of research include the connection between preserving traditional food culture—such as eating together, preparing fresh food and eating mindfully—and sustainable food systems.