Wholehearted living is a values-oriented approach to life that centers on authenticity, where values constitute an individual’s guiding force. Wholehearted living touches every aspect of life, from eating nourishing foods, to enjoying enough physical activity, to having support of family and friends in good and challenging times, to joining together with neighbors to stand up for positive changes, and more. Unfortunately, for many low-income Californians, the idea of wholehearted living is an aspiration and not a reality. Koa Family: Strong, Healthy, Whole is an approach designed to make wholehearted living available for all.

Koa Family is a project of UC Davis Center for Healthcare Policy and Research in collaboration with the California Department of Health Care Services to develop and test an obesity prevention project to reduce the risk and prevalence of obesity and projected health care costs among low income Californians.

You can access the Koa Family brief (PDF) here.

Koa Family Study Set-Up

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Video Ethnographies

Being The Change

Being The Change | Perspectives on Improving Health and Well-Being: Reflections from Community Leaders

Raising Up the Children

Raising Up the Children | Perspectives on Improving Health and Well-Being: Reflections from Community Members