Welcome to the Center for the Promotion of Healthy Lifestyles and Obesity Prevention!


The Center for Healthy Lifestyles, housed in the College of Health and Human Development, promotes interdisciplinary research and community outreach in areas related to children’s health and weight management.  The Center facilitates interaction among multiple entities concerned with the rise in children’s obesity including university faculty, schools, community agencies, and policy makers.


  • to work with schools and other community agencies to develop and test model health promotion programs and interventions;
  • to assess and evaluate existing programs and policies;
  • to identify theoretical models and environments that can explain and influence behavior patterns across different high-risk groups.

As such, the mission and goals of the Center reflect the needs of the community by providing education and outreach to children and their families regarding healthy lifestyles and prevention of obesity.

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Obesity Prevention through the Life Span: Reflections of the Past and Vision for the Future

Click here for a post-event article.

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Development of a Mobile Physical Activity Unit to Increase Physical Activity in Santa Ana

CSUF Faculty: Shari McMahan, Director of the Center for Healthy Lifestyles and Obesity Prevention
Purpose: Develop a mobile physical activity unit to promote physical activity in children living in an urban environment where access to parks or open spaces is limited.

Community Partner Organization: Alejandro Espinoza. Latino Health Access

Click here to read a feature article about this project