Cibola County has figured out what a small, rural community needs to do to develop a healthy environment for children and families: work together and share resources. For the Healthy Kids Healthy Cibola County Initiative, people who are focused on economic development and public health have come together to make it easier for residents to choose healthy foods and be active.
In Clovis, more than half of the elementary-school students participated in a challenge to improve their nutrition and be more active. Schools are developing edible gardens. Eleven of twelve elementary schools have salad bars, and all twelve have school yards that are open for community use outside of school hours.
Katrina Velasquez is busy racking up miles. The first-grader is her family’s motivator too, pushing her parents to walk with her on their five-acre property a mile outside of Santa Rosa.