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$1 Million grant brings “Blue Zones” project to increase public health and longevity in the Arlanza neighborhood

The City is launching a new initiative to improve public health and longevity in the Arlanza neighborhood.

An aerial view of California Avenue as it cuts through Riverside.

The City has launched a new initiative to improve public health and longevity for Riversiders in the Arlanza neighborhood and empower residents to take charge of their well-being and make lasting changes in their lives and community.

A $1 million “Connecting Neighbors to Neighbors” grant was awarded to the City by the Governor’s Office and the California Volunteers program. Riverside Community Health Foundation and Love Riverside, the group responsible for the annual Serve Day each fall, were also instrumental in securing the funding.

The initiative aims to create opportunities for residents to connect with each other, tackle community service projects, and learn more about the impact of nutrition, movement, and climate on one’s overall quality of life. As Councilmember Jim Perry said, “This is a great win for the Arlanza neighborhood. It’s community investment, but on a human scale, with a project that impacts issues critical to sustainability in Riverside.”

The City hopes the community planning and activity associated with this project will help to position the Arlanza area for more grant funding opportunities. On December 12, City Council voted to pursue becoming a Blue Zone-certified City.