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Harvest of the Month

It is time to start promoting the lucky March monthly themes!  March is also National Nutrition Month®.  National Nutrition Month® is an annual nutrition education and information campaign created by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. The campaign, celebrated each year during the month of March, focuses attention on the importance of making informed food choices and developing sound eating and physical activity habits. The National Nutrition Month® 2020 theme – Eat Right, Bite by Bite – supports the philosophy that every little bit (or bite!) of nutrition is a step in the right direction. Small goals/changes can have a cumulative healthful effect. Find more tips and resources at to celebrate all month long.  You can also find great recipes using March’s Harvest of the Month, Broccoli, at

March Themes:

  • Nutrition: Liven Up Your Meals with Vegetables and Fruits
  • Harvest of the Month: Broccoli
  • Physical Activity: Simple Ways to Incorporate Physical Activity into Your Day

Liven Up Your Meals with Vegetables and Fruits

​Discover the many benefits of adding vegetables and fruits to your meals.  They are low in fat and calories, while providing fiber and other key nutrients.  Most Americans should eat more than 3 cups—and for some, up to 6 cups—of vegetables and fruits each day.  Vegetables and fruits do not just add nutrition to meals.  They can also add color, flavor, and texture.  Explore these creative ways to bring healthy foods to your table. Here are some tips for improving your meals with vegetables and fruits and making sure your plate is half full every time:​

  • ​Add them to your sandwiches
  • Get creative with your breakfast
  • Fire up the grill
  • Make a tasty fruit smoothie

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​Harvest of the Month: Broccoli

A ½ cup of cooked broccoli is an excellent source of vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin K, and folate.  ​

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​Featured Recipes:

  • Potato Broccoli Cheddar Soup – This recipe makes a delicious warm lunch or dinner. English / Spanish / Chinese ​
  • Broccoli with Garlic – Try this recipe for an easy and fast side dish!  English / Spanish / Chinese ​

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Physical Activity - Simple Ways to Incorporate Physical Activity into Your Day

Fitting physical activity into your daily routine can be a simple way to improve your health.  Being physically active can increase your chances of living longer, build strong bones and muscles, and decrease the chances of becoming depressed.  Adults need at least 30 minutes of moderate to vigorous physical activity every day, and strength training activities at least 2 days a week.  Children and teens need at least 60 minutes of moderate to vigorous physical activity every day, and strength training activities at least 3 days per week.  Here are some examples of simple ways to incorporate physical activity into your daily routine:

  • Walk the dog
  • Play with the kids
  • Take a 10-minute walk during breaks at work​
  • Park your car further away in the parking lot
  • Clean your house

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For more information about contact:
Healthy Communities Branch
CalFresh Healthy Living Program
1775 Story Road, Suite 120
San Jose, CA 95122
Main Line: (408) 793-2700 
Fax: (408) 251-4014
Last updated: 3/5/2020 11:06 AM