Healthy Retail Strategies #WellnessWednesdayWebinar

Announcing CWN’s first webinar, Healthy Retail Strategies, in a series entitled #WellnessWednesdayWebinar. Visit the Events page for more details and link for registration. The Health Retail Strategies webinar will take place on Wednesday, January 17, 2018 from 12:30-1:00 p.m. PST. This webinar will focus on healthy retail strategies to increase shoppers purchases of healthy items. Register today!

Join us at Fruit & Veggie Fest!

Fruit & Veggie Fest

Saturday, September 9, 2017, 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM

at Arcade Market, 3173 Marysville Blvd., Sacramento, CA 95815

Arcade Market offers healthy foods at great prices to help shoppers eat well on a budget! Join us in a celebration of healthy living and enjoy these fun activities for the whole family:

  • Sample great-tasting food
  • Learn to make delicious meals and snacks
  • Check your health status
  • Get free community resources
  • Take a short Zumba lesson
  • Win prizes!

Organizations wishing to participate in the event can complete the application found here

For more information, contact or at 916.265.4042 x106

New CACFP Recipes Using Summer Produce!




Chicken Ratatouille

Check out these chef-developed and kid approved recipes. Make them at your family child care home or center; there are yields for 6, 25, and 50 servings. Crediting information is provided to help you incorporate the recipes into the updated Child and Adult Care Food Program meal patterns.


Spinach Egg Bake

 Chickpeas and Tomatoes

Great Garden Soup

Welcome, Sue Grinnell!


The Center for Wellness and Nutrition (CWN) would like to welcome and highlight our new Director, Sue Grinnell, for our June edition of our Wellness Matters Newsletter!

Sue brings over 30 years of experience in public health and leadership in the areas of strategic direction, innovation, and collaboration to this role. Sue also currently serves as the Director of Business Strategy and Technology at the Public Health Institute and oversees the Population Health Innovation Lab (PHIL), bringing together partners, staff and resources to address complex problems affecting health and quality of life. Sue has expertise and deep experience in population health to accelerate innovative investments, strategies and interventions that build healthier populations and realize a broad social and financial return. 

Sue has held a variety of positions working to address issues such as chronic disease, access to prenatal care, and children’s health. Sue comes to PHI from the Washington State Department of Health, where she served as special assistant for Health Transformation and Innovation, and served as the state Chronic Disease Director, Maternal and Child Health Director, as well as oversaw the Office of Healthy Communities. She also previously served as director for the Cowlitz County Health Department in Longview, Washington.

Sue holds a Masters in Public Health with a focus on Public Health Leadership and Practice from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, and a Bachelor of Science degree in Community Health Education from Oregon State University.

Interested in connecting with Sue? You can contact her at

VegOut! Challenge

National Nutrition Month® is a nutrition education and information campaign created annually in March by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. The campaign focuses attention on the importance of making informed food choices and developing sound eating and physical activity habits. The 2017 National Nutrition Month® theme is “Put Your Best Fork Forward.”

CWN is celebrating and putting our best fork forward by challenging ourselves, our friends and colleagues, and the communities we serve to eat 30 different vegetables in 30 days (March 1 – March 30). Our partners at Recipe for Success Foundation provide the tools, resources, and inspiration to make it easy with their VegOut! Campaign.

You can join the challenge, be a part of our team, and have a chance to win prizes! Simply go to to sign up. On the registration page, there is a field to enter your team name. Please join our team by entering Wellness Matters! in this field.

  • Track your veggie intake on the website or download the app to track from your mobile device.
  • Browse recipes to get preparation inspiration for some new or unfamiliar veggies.
  • Join the conversation in the forum of our team page and on Twitter using the hash tag #VegOut2017.
  • Eat 30 different vegetables in 30 days to be entered into a drawing to win a prize from the Center for Wellness and Nutrition.

We’ll be tweeting our progress and our favorite recipes throughout the month, so be sure to follow @phi_wellness on Twitter.

New resources available from the Center for Wellness and Nutrition

The Center for Wellness and Nutrition (CWN) is happy to announce the release of three new resources designed to assist organizations and individuals in making healthy changes in their communities: 



CWN knows that initiating partnerships with retailers can be one of the most challenging aspects of beginning a healthy retail program. That’s why we created a new resource to make the process easier. Our one page (front and back) document, Healthy Stores, Healthy Shoppers, conveys to retailers the business benefits of partnership and health promotion for their store. By focusing on the benefits to a retailer’s business, health advocates are more likely to gain buy-in from potential retail partners. To learn more about this resource and opportunities for co-branding, please contact Courtney Cagle





To promote the importance of worksite wellness programs, CWN created a worksite wellness promotional flyer highlighting the benefits of wellness programs for employers and employees including return on investments, and increased morale and productivity. The Worksite Wellness flyer targets businesses, specifically Human Resources staff, who often are the first point of contact when initiating a wellness program and can also act as a tool for health professionals that are responsible for recruiting businesses or implementing wellness programs. If you are interested in starting a worksite wellness program or if your current wellness program needs a boost, please contact for more information.





CWN is a national leader in developing campaigns, programs and partnerships to reduce obesity and promote equity in the most vulnerable communities across the country. Through education, engagement, environmental changes and policies, we work to make health accessible for all!



Farmer Spotlight: Mary Pierce

Farmer: Mary PierceThrough a combination of funding from the Placer Get Fresh Project and the Farmers’ Market SNAP Support Grant, CWN staff facilitate the acceptance of SNAP/EBT benefits at the Auburn DeWitt Center Farmers’ Market. Mary Pierce is the owner of Pierce’s Family Farm and serves as the on-site manager of the Auburn DeWitt Center Farmers’ Market. Mary has been selling fruits, vegetables, and eggs grown on her family farm at this farmers’ market for nine years and offers customers heirloom tomatoes, elephant garlic, eggplant, peppers, broccoli, peaches and more throughout the season. Mary has been an instrumental advocate of the EBT booth at the market and her magnanimous personality played a significant role in getting all of the qualifying vendors to participate in the program.

Mid-way through market season, CWN staff facilitated a gleaning project donating fresh produce from market vendors to the Auburn Interfaith Food Closet. The food closet is committed to providing the healthiest options it can, but often struggles with securing an adequate supply of fresh produce to meet the needs of its clients. All the fresh produce vendors at the Auburn DeWitt Center Farmers’ Market donated to the food closet throughout the season: over 200 pounds of fresh fruits and vegetables were secured! When asked why she chooses to donate her produce, Mary says, “People need to eat good food and they need access. That’s what farming is all about: feeding people.” “Small Farm, Big Flavor” is the Pierce’s Family Farm motto, but it could just as well be “Small Farm, Big Hearts”. Mary says that her husband really enjoys growing good food and they love to celebrate the abundance of their farm by giving food to people. According to Mary, “Real food makes people happy.” She says that as a farmer, she’s teaching people about food…real food…and flavor.

Rodriguez Brother Farms photoOther contributing vendors include Rodriguez Brothers, Ortega Family Farm, Brenner Farm, Four C- Sons, and Salle Orchards. We thank all of them for a fantastic 2016 market season and look forward to our time with them in market season 2017.

10th Annual Southern Obesity Summit

Join the Public Health Institute (PHI) Center for Wellness and Nutrition at the 10th Annual Southern Obesity Summit in Houston, TX on November 13-15, 2016.

The Southern Obesity Summit (SOS) is the largest regional obesity prevention event in the United States, drawing hundreds of participants from 16 Southern States consisting of Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, New Mexico, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia and West Virginia.  Together, these states join forces to fight obesity. The Center for Wellness and Nutrition  is a national leader in developing campaigns, programs, and partnerships to reduce obesity and promote equity in the most vulnerable communities across the country.

Look for us at our presentation and post session workshop, and stop by our booth to find out more about our work.

Follow @PHI_wellness using #SOSTX2016 for live updates during the conference.

Oral Presentation

Presenter: Amy DeLisio MPH, RD 

When: Monday, November 14, 2016 1:00-2:15pm

This presentation will highlight CWN’s partnership with UC CalFresh to broaden positive youth development impacts and principles that create leadership opportunities and result in low income youth as decision makers in healthy changes, Maximizing Partnership to Support Youth.

Post Summit Workshop

Presenter: Amy DeLisio MPH, RD and Metria Munyan

Tuesday, November 15, 2016 12:45pm – 3:00pm

Building Food Systems Partnerships to Enhance Healthy Food Access Work

In this workshop we will share tools, resources and identify important partnerships that will help you plan effective food system interventions. This training will prepare you to make connections with retailers by learning the art of behavioral economics, marketing, and merchandising strategies, and the best mediums for conveying information.

Engaging Sacramento County Retailers in Community Wellness

Public Health Institute (PHI) Center for Wellness and Nutrition (CWN) has been awarded Sacramento County’s SNAP-Ed (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program-Education) Retail Engagement and Partnerships Grant though a competitive process. Studies show the majority of shoppers’ food purchasing decisions are made in the store, but identifying healthy choices can be challenging for many shoppers. Engaging retailers in nutrition education and obesity prevention efforts is critical to influencing Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program shoppers’ dietary behavior. By promoting healthy choices, retailers can simultaneously increase sales of healthy items, improve customer loyalty, and promote community wellness and vitality.

Beginning October 1, 2016, CWN will partner with large and small food retailers in low-resource communities in Sacramento County to implement strategies designed to encourage the purchase of healthy foods, especially locally grown fruits and vegetables. In particular, CWN will partner with small- to medium-sized independent retailers to participate in a Healthy Retail Recognition Program, which engages and motivates retailers to make healthy changes to their store by providing incentives and assistance. In 2014, CWN staff designed a model SNAP-Ed Healthy Retail Recognition Pilot Program in California and conducted formative research in the Los Angles and Santa Clara counties through partnerships with the local public health departments. This model program is now included in the SNAP-Ed Toolkit for States, and will be tailored to meet local needs in Sacramento, California. For more information about this project, please contact Amy DeLisio.