Our Mission:

Since 2007, Wellness City Challenge, an action-oriented organization, has been aligning local resources, laying solid ground work and gaining recognition in support of its efforts to improve health with nutrition education.


Our mission is to mobilize community resources, to empower citizens, to improve health through nutrition, education and physical activity. Through daily classroom education, a model program is being developed that will be expanded from community to community.


About the Wellness City Challenge

Call to Action:

Read all labels on processed food and limit your added sugar! Click on link for American Heart Association Guidelines

How Much is too Much Added Sugar?


Be sure to watch Fed Up featuring Dr. Robert Lustig and other notable experts - The film promises to change everything you thought you knew about food and exercise. View Video


Teens Cook with Heart Bay Bridge Challenge


In this photo (from left to right): Assemblywoman Susan A. Bonilla, Assemblywoman Connie Conway, Assembly District 14 “Woman of the Year” Cindy Gershen, Speaker of the Assembly John A. Pérez and Assemblywoman Bonnie Lowenthal.

In this photo (from left to right): Assemblywoman Susan A. Bonilla, Assemblywoman Connie Conway, Assembly District 14 “Woman of the Year” Cindy Gershen, Speaker of the Assembly John A. Pérez and Assemblywoman Bonnie Lowenthal.


Mt. Diablo Sustainable Hospitality Pathway Updates

Kristin Zellhart

Teens Cook With Heart Bay Bridge Challenge!

Students from Mt. Diablo High School’s Sustainable Hospitality Pathway were recently featured in the Contra Costa Times, San Francisco Chronicle, and San Jose Mercury after participating in an Iron-Chef style event at the Ferry Building in San Francisco on Monday, March 17th. Below is the article posted on the Contra Costa Times Website SAN FRANCISCO […]

Doctor’s Opinion

Robert H. Lustig M.D.

The Truth About Smoothies

“One current fad is to juice the entire fruit into a “smoothie”. Juice bars have popped up all over the West Coast, ostensibly because juicing is healthy. The problem is that the shearing action of the blender blades completely destroys the insoluble fiber of the fruit. The cellulose is torn to smithereens. While the soluble […]

The Director’s Corner

Pamela Singh

Gearing up for the Annual Walnut Creek Turkey Trot

It’s that time of the year to begin preparations for the upcoming Walnut Creek Turkey Trot to be held on Thursday, November 27th. This is an event Wellness City Challenge enjoys sponsoring with The Forma Gym as it brings families and friends together to help promote healthy lifestyles while strengthening community ties.

Chef Cindy Says

Cindy Gershen

Bringing innovation to our schools as reported by Contra Costa Times

CONCORD — With a staccato pace, Stephen Ritz, founder of the Green Bronx Machine, continued to feed the minds and appetites of students at Mt. Diablo High School with a bounty of whole foods.

Ritz, students in the sustainable tourism program at the Concord campus, school personnel and local proponents of steering clear of food that’s processed, gathered last Tuesday to continue an area campaign started several years ago by educator and restaurant owner Cindy Gershen.

Events

CCC All Judges - 2014

2014 Mayors’ Healthy Cookoff Challenge

Annual Contra Costa County Mayors’ Healthy Cookoff Challenge Thank you to all those that participated in the Annual Contra Costa Mayors’ Healthy Cookoff Challenge. Congratulations to the City of Antioch for winning first place! Read more about the event as reported by Lou Fancher from the Contra Costa Times.

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New DVD with Dr.Lustig/Cindy Gershen

Please set your DVR on this upcoming show, “SWEET REVENGE: Turning the Tables on Processed Foods” featuring Dr.Lustig, Honorary Board Member of Wellness City Challenge, and Cindy Gershen, Founder/Board Member. If you liked the recent documentary “FED UP”, you will have the opportunity to hear Dr.Lustig talk in more detail about the science of food […]

2013 turkey trot

2013 Turkey Trot

Wellness City Challenge, in partnership with Forma Gym, had another successful Turkey Trot! Thank you to all our volunteers who helped out on Thanksgiving Week.  We appreciate your flexibility and patience working with more than 6,600 runners to locate bib numbers and correct shirts.  We could not have done this event without you! Hope to […]