Promising Practice

La Vida Sana, La Vida Feliz

State/Jurisdiction: Illinois
Setting: Community
Population: Women & Maternal
Topic Area: Health Promotion & Communication Nutrition & Physical Activity
NPMs: NPM 8.2: Physical Activity – Ages 12 to 17

Erie Family Health Centers, a Federally Qualified Community Health Center in Chicago, collaborated with the Greater Humboldt Park Community of Wellness to develop La Vida Sana, La Vida Feliz, a program designed to promote a healthy weight in Latinas facing weight loss barriers such as access to healthy foods, time, economic resources, and family commitments. The program uses a promotora model, in which a lay health educator from the community provides group education. In addition, group presentations and workshops are provided at community agencies and an extensive calendar of free community wellness activities is offered and distributed monthly.

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Implementation Handout

Erie Family Health Centers
Geoyia Nightengale

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