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.
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Harvest of the Month: Melons
A ½ cup of melon – like cantaloupe, casaba, or honeydew – is an excellent source of vitamin C. Melons are also a good source of carotenoids, which are antioxidants that may lower your risk for some diseases by keeping your body safe from free radicals. Free radicals can damage cells.
Here are some healthy serving ideas:
- Try a bowl of sliced honeydew and cantaloupe for a cool and colorful snack.
- Make melon kabobs with cubed cantaloupe, honeydew, and watermelon. You can also add in berries for extra color!
- Blend seedless watermelon and freeze in ice cube trays. Add frozen watermelon cubes to sparkling water for a refreshing drink.
Recipe of the month: Pico de Gallo Fruit Salad
For a tasty summer treat, try this Pico de Gallo Fruit Salad. (English, Spanish, and Chinese)
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