Healthy eating and regular physical activity are key ingredients to good health at any age. They may lower your risk for heart disease, obesity, type 2 diabetes, cancer and other chronic diseases. The Center for Chronic Disease and Injury Prevention recognizes that the environment we live, learn, work and play has a significant affect on our health. Through various initiatives, the Center engages residents, schools, businesses, and community leaders in environmental approaches to make health an easier choice. Our goal is to create a healthy, safe Santa Clara County where all residents have plenty of opportunities to be physically active, and have access to healthy, affordable foods where all communities can prosper.
October is Food Day and National Walking Month!
This month’s nutrition tips focus on building a healthy meal using MyPlate and Pears. October 24th is Food Day, which encourages us to make changes in our own diets and take action to solve food-related problems in our communities. We also feature tips on walking as October is National Walking Month. Click on this link to learn more on building a health meal, pears, and getting active during this month.
Harvest of the Month: Pears
Make half your plate fruits and vegetables and be active every day. Drink water instead of sugary drinks. (Sugary drinks are the largest single source of added sugar in the American diet.) Doing these things may lower the risk of serious health problems like obesity, type 2 diabetes, heart disease, stroke, and some types of cancer. A 1/2 cup of sliced pears has fiber and vitamin C. A 1/2 cup of sliced pears is about half of one medium pear. Fiber is a complex carbohydrate. It helps keep food in your stomach longer so that you feel full. It may help lower the risk of high blood pressure, heart disease, stroke, and some types of cancer.
Here are some healthy serving ideas:
- Add slices pears to green salads for a sweet crunch.
- Toss chopped pears, onions, bell peppers, and mangos with a touch of cilantro and lime juice. Serve with baked corn chips for a quick salsa everyone will love.
- Pears make an easy snack for any time of day - just grab and go!
Recipe of the month: Pear Mango Salsa
This pear mango salsa is a great way to eat fruits and vegetables during the fall. (English
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CalFresh EBT Cards Accepted at Farmers Markets
Good News! Farmers Markets in Santa Clara County are now accepting CalFresh EBT cards and Market Match. With your EBT cards, you can now buy more fresh fruits and vegetables and healthy foods for your entire family. Click here to find a farmers market near you or download this list of Santa Clara County farmers market accepting CalFresh/EBT and Market Match. Learn more about Santa Clara County farmers market and restaurants participating in CalFresh EBT.
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