The Mission Park Communities of Excellence in Nutrition, Physical Activity and Obesity Prevention (CX3) project represents the CX3 community engagement efforts in the North Inland region of San Diego County. The project started in spring 2012 in partnership with Escondido Education COMPACT, a community based organization that works with at-risk youth in Escondido.
The Escondido CX3 project is unique because it was the first CX3 project in the county to engage only youth residents. The project's focus area is the Mission Park neighborhood in the City of Escondido. At the start of the project, the youth assessed the nutrition environment of Mission Park by surveying the local fast food restaurants and food stores, and the ease of walkability to these food stores.
Based on the data they collected, the youth identified short- and long-term projects to improve the health of the neighborhood. They received training in public speaking, media, blog writing, social determinants of health, healthy food systems and safe, walkable communities. This helped them develop skills to implement their community improvement projects. Once the youth had plans for their neighborhood projects, they presented their proposals to key community stakeholders in Escondido, including the Escondido City Council.
This team has also organized community service events, and they have participated in beautification and clean-up projects within the neighborhood to increase safety and walkability.
To learn more about the work of the Mission Park CX3 team, click on the links below.