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Pasadena Public Health Department

  • Nutrition & Physical Activity Education

    Due to the dedicated efforts of the Nutrition and Physical Activity Program at the Pasadena Public Health Department (PPHD), the Healthy Eating Active Living (HEAL) Campaign presented Pasadena with the "Fit HEAL City" award. The City was the sixth city throughout the State of California to receive this honor by adopting the Healthy Food and Beverage Vending and Procurement Policy.

    The Nutrition and Physical Activity Program aims to prevent obesity and other chronic diseases by improving access to nutrition and physical activity opportunities.  Our community-based nutrition education campaign encourages the public to increase fruit and vegetable consumption, physical activity, and food security in low-income communities.  We can facilitate behavior change in homes, schools, worksites, and communities to create environments that support fruit and vegetable consumption and promote increased physical activity.  Our goal is to make healthier, easier choices in our daily lives.

    For tips on how to live healthier in 2013 and beyond, please view our Pasadena Healthy Times Article in the Winter 2013 Edition.

    The Nutrition and Physical Activity Program is funded by the Network for a Healthy California. 

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  • Education

    We provide free classes to promote optimal nutrition and increased physical activity throughout the Northwest Pasadena community.  We offer one-time workshops and a series of five 60-minute classes, each fun, interactive and informative. Classes are available in either English and Spanish.  Topics covered include:

    • United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) MyPlate; Food groups, correct portion sizes, and healthier food options
    • Rethink Your Drink for healthier beverage options
    • The benefits of physical activity
    • A grocery store tour and how to read nutritional labels
    • Defensive dining when eating outside the home, and

    We work closely with the Pasadena Unified School District (PUSD) to provide nutrition education to PUSD students and families.

    Click HERE to download the flyer for free June-July classes at the Pasadena Public Health Department (Spanish in the evening and English in the morning).






  • Healthy Food and Beverage Vending and Procurement Policy

    On October 3, 2011, the City of Pasadena unanimously adopted the Healthy Food and Beverage Vending and Procurement Policy.  The adopted standards are as follows:  

    • Require 100% of snacks sold in vending machines on City property to meet specified nutrition standards. 
    • Require 100% of beverages sold in vending machines on City property to meet specified nutrition standards. 
    • Require 100% of beverages and snacks served at all meetings/programs/events led, or coordinated, by City staff or programs, using City funds, shall meet specified nutrition standards. 

    We offer consultation and staff training to local Pasadena community-based organizations interested in adopting their own procurement policy.

    For detailed nutrition standards or for more information, please download the following documents:


    Rethink Your Drink

    Rethink Your Drink is an educational campaign to educate Pasadena residents on the health risks of drinking sugar-sweetened beverages and healthier drinking alternatives.  Sugary drinks, such as soda and energy drinks, are filled with sugar and empty calories which can lead to harmful health effects, like obesity, heart disease and diabetes.  The Pasadena Public Health Department encourages the Pasadena community to make healthy beverage choices by drinking water and other healthy options instead of sugar-sweetened drinks.

    Examples of healthier beverage options include:

     Glass water 

    • Skim or 1% milk
    • Tea, unsweetened
    • Coffee, regular or decaffeinated
    • Fruit flavored water ("spa water")
    • 100% fruit juice with no added sweeteners (in moderation)
    • Low sodium vegetable juice (in moderation)


    Try one of our healthy beverage recipes! 

    To Prepare: 

    1. Combine ingredients in a large pitcher.
    2. Cover and chill in the refrigerator for one (1) hour.
    3. Serve chilled over ice.


    PPHD Soda 

    • 1 quart sparkling water
    • 11.5 ounce frozen can of 100% fruit concentrate

    Strawberry Flavored Water 

    • 1 quart water
    • 2 strawberries (sliced)

    Cucumber-Lemon Flavored Water 

    • 1 quart water
    • 1/4 cucumber (sliced)
    • 1 lemon (sliced)

    Mint-Citrus Water 

    • 1 quart water
    • 3 large mint leaves (chopped)
    • 3 slices of lime


    Create your own recipe!

    Use fruits and vegetables you might want to try alone or in combinations

    • Orange
    • Lemon
    • Lime
    • Watermelon
    • Cantaloupe
    • Berries
    • Mixed berries
    • Cucumber
    • Mango
    • Pineapple
     flavored water 


    To calculate the amount of sugar in your drink, download the Rethink Your Drink Worksheet or use the sugar calculator.


    For more information regarding nutrition and physical activity promotion classes, please contact Margarita Aguilar at maguilar@cityofpasadena.net or call (626) 744-6134.  For inquiries regarding program administration or how to adopt the City of Pasadena's Healthy Food and Beverage Vending and Procurement Policy, please contact Mary Urtecho-Garcia at mugarcia@cityofpasadena.net.



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  • Contact Us

    1845 North Fair Oaks Avenue
    Pasadena, CA 91103
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    (626) 744-6163