Pixley residents will get a chance to “vote” for changes or improvements in Pixley Park Saturday, June 16, during a special event sponsored by The Central California Regional Obesity Prevention Program of California State University, Fresno that also promotes obesity prevention efforts.

Approximately 300 residents are expected at the event from 5 -7 p.m. in this San Joaquin Valley community located south of Tulare. It will feature free food, games and activities as well as information about healthy diets and exercise for children.

Co-sponsors are The California Endowment, Healthy for Life and the Pixley Park and Garden Committee.

The residents will cast a vote for the things that they would like to see implemented or changed at the park, earning a free raffle ticket in exchange for their votes. The votes will be shared with the Tulare County Resource Management Agency’s Parks and Recreation Branch as part of an effort to make the park more accessible to all residents.

Pixley Park the only park located in this town of more than 2,500 — is a target area where The Central California Regional Obesity Prevention Program and several local community partners are focusing on obesity prevention efforts at the community level.

The program is working with the Tulare County Nutrition Collaborative and Tulare County Health and Human Services Agency to improve social and physical environments through environmental and policy change.

At Saturday’s event, Genoveva Islas-Hooker, project coordinator for the regional obesity prevention program, will discuss how parents can provide healthy snacks for their children and keep them physically active over the summer.

The Central California Regional Obesity Prevention Program (CCROPP) is the Central California Public Health Partnership’s three-year initiative to reduce disparities in obesity and diabetes in the San Joaquin Valley. CCROPP’s goal is to improve social and physical environments for healthy nutrition and physical activity through advocacy, policy and system change.

The regional obesity prevention program is administered by the Central California Center for Health and Human Services and is housed under the College of Health and Human Services at Fresno State. The project is funded by a grant from The California Endowment.

To learn more about the Central California Regional Obesity Prevention. Program, please visit the following Web site: www.ccropp.orq.

California State University, Fresno is the largest institution of higher education in Central California and has a growing reputation as one of the West Coast’s premier universities. Founded in 1911, Fresno State has earned national acclaim for programs in teacher-preparation, health care, water technology, winemaking, entrepreneurship and the Classics. Guided by a distinguished faculty, our 22,000 students receive the academic, practical and leadership skills to meet the dynamic challenges of today and the future in the global community.