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Center for Solutions Through Research in Diet & Exercise

Special Projects

Special Projects

FoodCorps Evaluation Project

STRIDE is partnering with a national organization to help evaluate the impact of their work on food security in families across the country.

Focus Groups

Supporting San Luis Obispo's medical, educational and social agencies, focus groups help to develop a better understanding of community members' beliefs, values and barriers to health. Focus groups also provide participating Cal Poly students the opportunity to gain practical experience in health research and exposure to the diverse sectors within San Luis Obispo County.


US Green Building Council, California Central Coast Chapter

This project provides support for ongoing efforts to examine the associations between the environment and health in San Luis Obispo County. Beginning in 2013, faculty and students from Cal Poly's Kinesiology, City and Regional Planning, and Landscape Architecture collaborated with USGBC C4 and Air Pollution Control Distict to examine the effects of environmental exposures on public health outcomes in San Luis Obispo County.

Santa Paula Photovoice Project

In 2011, STRIDE worked with the City and Regional Planning Department and high school students from Santa Paula, CA to inform their city council of their views on factors impacting health in the community. Their suggestions helped inform the City's updated general plan.

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USDA Hunger-Free Communities Project

From 2011-12, STRIDE partnered with the San Luis Obispo Food Bank Coalition to undertake a county-wide food availability evaluation and an assessment of food security among low-income populations. More than 100 Cal Poly and community research assistants conducted interviews with 800 local families.

Evaluation of the SLO County WIC Wellness Program

In 2011, Kinesiology faculty and students conducted qualitative research with employees of San Luis Obispo County's Women, Infants and Children (WIC) nutrition program to learn about the effectiveness of their wellness program.

Community Partnerships for Teens to be Healthier

The Community PaTH project was a physical activity intervention among teens. From 2010-12, Kinesiology faculty and students designed and implemented a physical activity program for obese teens in Santa Barbara County and employed focus groups to evaluate participant satisfaction and program impact.

California Endowment School Wellness Policy Evaluation

In 2009, STRIDE evaluated the nutrition and physical activity environments at Oceano Elementary School and Lillian Larsen School with a California Endowment grant.

Lompoc Valley Community Healthcare Organization

In 2007, STRIDE conducted focus groups with participants in the WIC program to assess barriers to healthy eating and physical activity.


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