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.
About Food Day
National Food Day was created to bring people together to raise awareness
of food issues and foster healthy change in our eating habits and food
systems. It is a day to celebrate healthy, affordable, and sustainably
Farmers’ Corner at The Pasadena Public Health Department
Since August, City of Pasadena Public Health Department
(PPHD) has collaborated with Muir Ranch to host a weekly farm stand (called the
“Farmers’ Corner”) on the front patio of PPHD. Every Thursday, from 10 am-12:30
pm, community members, PPHD clients and staff can purchase fresh and low-price
California produce grown by Muir Ranch and other regional farms. All proceeds
go to Muir Ranch, a program located on a three-acre farm at John Muir High
School in Northwest Pasadena. The
program teaches students practical farming and entrepreneurial skills, and
makes the connection between soil, food, community, environment, and personal
On Thursday, October 24th, PPHD will be hosting a large community-wide Food
Day celebration, highlighting the Farmers’ Corner. Festivities will include
healthy food demonstrations by Network
for a Healthy California chefs, free nutrition resources, prizes and games.
Healthy holiday beverages will be provided.
This event is brought to you by the Pasadena Public Health Department’s Nutrition and Physical Activity Program, which is funded by the Network for a Healthy California.
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 four 90-minute classes, each fun, interactive and informative. Classes are available in either English and Spanish. Topics covered include:
We work closely with the Pasadena Unified School District (PUSD) to provide nutrition education to PUSD students and families.
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:
For detailed nutrition standards or for more information, please download the following documents:
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:
Try one of our healthy beverage recipes!
Strawberry Flavored Water
Cucumber-Lemon Flavored Water
Use fruits and vegetables you might want to try alone or in combinations
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com.
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