CANFIT helps bridge the gap between communities and policymakers.

By providing professional development opportunities and translating theory and cutting edge research, we help to bridge the gap between scientific research and on the ground best practices. CANFIT believes that youth and community involvement in the planning, implementation and evaluation of projects is essential. Actively involving members of the community ensures greater success by producing results that are relevant and interesting to their peers.

CANFIT primarily focuses on low income, African-American, American Indian, Latino/Hispanic, Asian American and Pacific Islander communities. Many of these historically underserved populations have limited access to affordable, healthy foods and safe places for physical activity. Check out CANFIT’s Latest Capability Statement.

Our Vision

Low-income communities and communities of color are healthy eating and physical activity environments.

Our Mission

To work with communities and policymakers to develop culturally resonant policies and practices that improve food and fitness environments for adolescents in low income communities and communities of color.

Our Values

We believe that an inspiring mission and a compelling vision should be supported by strong values. Our team has come together and identified the following values as core to all we do:


  • Community-based solutions
  • Youth engagement
  • Cultural competency
  • Social justice
  • Collaboration


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