Advancing Rosedale Community Health (ARCH) is a community effort to reduce childhood obesity in Rosedale by promoting healthy, active lifestyles for all residents.
ARCH recognizes that childhood obesity is caused not only by lack of exercise and healthy foods, but by a lack of access to healthy foods, safe routes for bicyclists and pedestrians, and out of school activities for youth. ARCH is working to make the healthy choice the easy choice in Rosedale by creating:
Access to Healthy Foods
Healthy kids need healthy food options. Advancing Rosedale Community Health creates access to healthy food in Rosedale through 4 community gardens and 2 orchards. Schoolyard gardens at local schools and daycares teach kids where their food comes from.
Rosedalians can find even more healthy food options at the Rosedale Farmers Market, where SNAP and SFMNP users get double value on every dollar they spend. For anyone who needs help preparing all that fresh food, there are healthy cooking classes available for kids and adults. ARCH also works to increase access to healthy food for everyone through advocacy for healthy food incentives and policies that support urban farms and gardens.
Staying healthy means moving your body! Rosedale kids can join a Walking School Bus to start the day off with safe, healthy exercise, or they can attend a Bike Rodeo to learn tips and tricks for safe cycling. Community Walking Clubs offer walking buddies and motivation for adults who want to get moving.
Advancing Rosedale Community Health advocates for sidewalks, bus lines, walking trails and bike paths in the neighborhood to make it easier and safer for Rosedalians to move on foot or on wheels.
Rosedale youth can participate in healthy activities year-round through the work of Advancing Rosedale Community Health. Between weekly after-school programs, seasonal programs, and big events, kids have lots of options to stay healthy and have fun throughout the year. Some activities include:
- Girls and Moms on the Move - Youth Sports - Garden clubs - Kids in the Kitchen healthy cooking classes - Healthy Halloween