The Healthy Eating Active Living (HEAL) Cities Campaign helps harness the power of local governments to advance health equity through resolutions with policy goals for general plans, land use, healthy food access and work site wellness. We believe that cities, communities and neighborhoods can be places where physical, social and economic conditions make health a reality for all people. At its core, the Campaign aims to engage municipal leaders to champion health in their communities by adopting policy and promoting opportunities for residents and municipal employees.

The cities of Solvang and Buellton have adopted resolutions promoting HEAL goals and are HEAL cities.


The local HEAL Coalition was first convened in April 2018 by representatives of the Stu Gildred Family YMCA (YMCA) and Santa Ynez Valley People Helping People (PHP). The intent of the group was to improve the overall health of the community and its residents by improving access to healthy food, increasing healthy activity, and reducing obesity and the negative health conditions related to being overweight.

In October of 2018, the Cities of Buellton and Solvang each adopted resolutions supporting HEAL policies and became official HEAL ciities as recognized by the HEAL Campaign of the League of California Cities.

Currently PHP, a 501 c-3 non-profit corporation, is the administrative and fiscal administrator for SYV HEAL. The SYV HEAL Coalition is currently comprised of PHP, SYV Stuart C. Gildred YMCA, Cities of Buellton and Solvang, County of Santa Barbara, S.B.C. Bicycle Coalition, Solvang Chamber of Commerce, Cottage Hospital, Valley Wellness Collective, Vegie Rescue, and Santa Ynez Valley Foundation.