Ventura County working to become the healthiest county in the nation by 2030

OXNARD, Calif. – The Ventura County Public Health department is working to make Ventura County the healthiest county in the nation by 2030. In 2016, Ventura County ranked eighth out of 58 counties in California for health outcomes and 16th for health factors. To achieve their health goal, VCPH is launching the “Lead, Walk, Talk” campaign. Lead to inspire others. Walk to stay active. Talk to ensure a healthy future.

“We want to inspire leaders to implement policies that make the healthy choice the easy choice in their community,” said Rigoberto Vargas, Public Health Director. “We want to encourage residents to be physically active. And finally, we hope to support opportunities for talking, reading and singing to children from birth to three years old, the most important years of their development.”

The kick-off to the “Lead, Walk, Talk” campaign will begin on Monday, October 3, 2016. VCPH is partnering with Students for Eco-Education and Agriculture (www.seeag.org) for a “Walk the Farms” community challenge. This will be the first of several challenges to promote physical activity among residents.

Ninety percent of brain development happens between birth and age five. VCPH wants ensure a healthy future for all children by encouraging people to communicate with their young children to stimulate their mind and improve their health. Also beginning on October 3, 2016, VCPH will be hosting a monthly reading event for participants in the Women, Infant, and Children (WIC) Program at the 2500 South C Street location in Oxnard.

A representative from District 5 Supervisor John Zaragoza’s office will be reading books in English and Spanish to children and their parents waiting for their WIC appointment. Free books and information on library resources will be distributed to all families at the events.

Follow #HealthyVC2030 on your social media accounts and visit www.healthmattersinvc.org to learn more about the health status of your community, to sign up for the “Walk the Farms” challenge and to learn more about how you can help to make Ventura County healthier.

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