Pulse of Life

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Cardiovascular disease is a complicated, but often preventable, health condition that is related to one of every three deaths in the U.S. Professor of Public Health at Harvard University David Williams has said that health policy needs to intersect with diverse avenues that affect individuals health. “Everything that we can do to improve the quality of life of individuals in our society has an impact on their health and is a health policy,” Williams said. Pulse of Life is a documentary shorts series examining how communities in San Diego, California are intervening to make healthy choices easier by providing more equitable access to healthy food, health education, health care, public transportation, physical activities, and a safer built environment.


Watch the videos produced by MACSD’s Teen Producers Project. Click here to see playlist: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLFa3y2zo0MsuhgDwzSLP1RbLu0S_ugbRx

Discussion Guide

Ten short videos created by community and youth video producers are available with discussion questions, suggested actions, group activities, and additional resources. This resource is available to help facilitate communication in community groups and classrooms with the goal of helping youth and families develop healthy habits that prevent cardiovascular disease and childhood obesity. The discussion guide was created with Prezi, an online tool that livens up presentations. It may take a minute to load.
Open the Pulse of Life Discussion Guide!


Challenge: Live 5210 Every Day! (5 or more serving of fruit and vegetables, 2 hours of less of recreational screen time, 1 hour more of physical activity, 0 sugary drinks, more water & low fat milk)
Challenge: Love Your Heart (February 14, 2017)
Challenge: Walk & Bike to School Day (May 10, 2017)
Challenge: Fire Up Your Feet (April 15-May 15, 2017)
Activity: Figment San Diego (May 13, 2017): Interact and play through the arts!
Challenge: Bike to Work Day (May 18, 2017)
Conference: 9th Biennial Childhood Obesity Conference (May 30-June 2, 2017)
Youth Showcase: Teen Producer’s Project (December 17, 2016) | (March 25, 2017) | (April 22, 2017)
Premiere of Pulse of Life: May 13, 2017 Kaiser Permanente Screen at Fresh Cinema: Food, Film & Science Showcase


Farmers Markets in San Diego County
Fellowship: Champion Provider Fellowship
Podcast: Reducing Childhood Obesity in San Diego County with Cheryl Moder
Webinar: Regional Approaches to Childhood Obesity Successes, Barriers, and Organizational Structures
Webinar: The Role of Public Health in Complete Streets (Archive)
Webinar: At the Nexus of Health and Housing: Innovative California Approaches (Archive)
Webinar: Exploring Community-Wide Interventions That Have Health Impact in 5 Years (HI-5): An In-Depth Look at Public Transportation Expansion (Archive)


Kaiser Permanente
San Diego Child Obesity Initiative (COI)
COI Media Workgroup
COI Community Workgroup
Community Health Improvement Partners (CHIP)