Juliene Flanders, the Recreation and Community Services Director for the city of Patterson, Calif., recently wrote in The Modesto Bee about how her city—and in particular the Department of Recreation and Community Services—is working to prevent childhood obesity:

The reality is that only a balanced, collaborative approach will improve the lives of our children, family and friends. By using our access to communities to support healthy eating and active living through smart policy changes and innovative new strategies, your Department of Recreation and Parks is doing its part to help everyone in the Valley stay healthy and live longer.

Read the op-ed