What is HEAL?

The Marin Countywide Healthy Eating Active Living (HEAL) Initiative brings together residents and community partners from throughout Marin to create a road map to improve community health. We are pleased to announce we have received a grant from the Marin Community Foundation for HEAL work with families and providers enrolled in our Access to Quality Child Care program. This program focuses on policies, systems and practices to support HEAL work in child care and support quality. Other opportunities include: more training  for the provider community, on-site work with specialists in different areas, garden and nutrition education and much more!

The Child Environmental Health Network (CEHN) is an amazing resources for family and child care providers in helping create healthier environments for children. Here are Child Environmental Health Networks top ten tips to create healthier environments for children and...

Health Concerns 

  • Radon is the leading cause of lung cancer among non-smokers.

  • Radon is the leading environmental cause of lung cancer in America, claiming approximately 21,000 deaths per year.

  • Radon-related lung cancer is correlated with a person’s total l...

According to the U.S Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, one in ten school-age children in the U.S. has asthma. Symptoms include a tight feeling in the chest, shortness of breath, coughing and wheezing. During an asthma attack, the smooth muscles that line the...

Environmental Working Group (EWG) recommends that parents look for low-VOC emitting crib mattresses that have been independently verified by a third-party certifier, such as Greenguard or Oeko-Tex Standard 100, and mattresses made without polyurethane foam....

California officially issued groundbreaking guidelines advising cell phone users to keep phones away from their bodies and limit use when reception is weak. State officials caution that studies link radiation from long-term cell phone use to an increased risk of brain...

The California Department of Public Health released draft guidelines on cellphone safety that outlined the health risks from cellphone radiation, and advised people to limit use and keep phones away from the body. In 2011, the World Health Organization’s International...

July 6, 2020

Our HEAL (Healthy Eating Active Living) program coordinator Madelene McCann has been creating Garden based videos available on the YouTube Channel 

Interested in gardening with kids but don't know where to start?

Looking for new ideas and activities in nature with y...

July 6, 2020

One way to protect your child from sunburn is a safe and effective sunscreen, so make sure to apply an adequate amount and reapply it often.

When you choose a sunscreen for your kids, there are a couple of things to keep in mind. Infants under 6 months old should be kep...

April 9, 2020

During this time of so much change, mindfulness is an important tool to support oneself. This is an important aspect to consider due to the research that shows stress significantly lowers one’s immune system. During this time we need to try to support our immune system...


Healthy meals are one of the best ways to stay healthy and happy during this time of shelter in place. It's important to make sure you are not emotional eating and going for unhealthy snacks and not regular meals. 

Make it fun and a learning activity. Have...

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