Healthy Victories June 2021
Celebrate Healthy Victories!
Champions for Change are real people just like you. Champions make good health a priority for themselves and their families by making small changes in their diet and daily physical activity. Visit Del Norte CalFresh Healthy Living website and learn more about nutrition and physical activity resources and healthful tips. Let's celebrate healthy victories that lead your families healthier and happier!

Healthy Serving Ideas
  • Slice strawberries into high fiber cereal and calcium-rich low-fat yogurt.
  • Blend frozen strawberries with orange juice or low-fat yogurt and ice to make a quick and tasty smoothie.
  • Add strawberries to a spinach salad.
  • Strawberries are a tasty snack any time of the day. Just wash them, remove the stem, and enjoy!
  • Be a role model-eat breakfast with your child.
Paradise Freeze
1 Large banana, 2 cups Strawberries, 2 Ripe Mangoes (chopped), 1/2 cup ice cubes

  1. Combine all ingredients in a blender or food processor container. Blend until mixture is smooth.
  2. Pour into glasses and serve.

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National gardening Exercise Day
National Gardening Exercise Day is observed each year on June 6th. It encourages us to maximize the benefits we reap from gardening by adding some stretches and a few extra steps or squats. Gardening is therapeutic; gardening activities are excellent for building your muscles and burning calories. Gardening can be a perfect physical activity for kids and adults. In addition, gardening can be a great way to grow food. Calfresh benefit can be used to purchase food seeds and plants. 

How to observe #GardeningExerciseDay 

  • Start slowly, just like any new workout program, with small steps.
  • Use the right and left hands equally. When raking or shoveling, switch hands every 5-10 minutes to give each side a good workout.
  • Make sure to breathe. Deep, cleansing breaths bring oxygen to those working muscles.
  • Lift with your legs! When lifting, bend your knees. Don’t lift with your back.
  • Drink plenty of water.
  • Enjoy your garden. Visit it often!

Gardening is physical activity, and that warming up muscles with movements are necessary to avoid soreness or injury. Try squats, they can help you planting/harvest or picking up plant debris, and try lunges, they can help you when climbing ladders. Keep your back in a straight neutral position, and never lock your knees or elbows. Shape of Yoga and Power Up in Ten are great basic exercises that can help you build your muscles and strong bones and your gardening activities. Click here to watch Shape of Yoga video Shape of Yoga YouTube Video Click here to watch Power Up In Ten
From 2018 to 2019, thousands of people in communities across California attended over 500 Rethink Your Drink Day events. In addition, the California Department of Public Health's (CDPH) CalFresh Healthy Living program collaborated with health advocates to encourage adults, children, and families to promote the importance of drinking more water and fewer sugary drinks via Rethink Your Drink Day.

Drinking and eating too much sugar has been associated with increased chronic diseases such as heart disease and type 2 diabetes.1 According to the California Health Interview Survey from 2014-2016, the Del Norte adult obesity rate was 30 percent.2 In addition, 52 percent of adults in Del Norte county consumed fast food more than one time per week. In Del Norte County, 38 percent of adults were ever diagnosed with high blood pressure, and 10 percent of adults were diagnosed with diabetes.2 That's why we're encouraging community members to make healthy beverage choices that can help reduce sugar intake and prevent illness.

The small changes you make by drinking water instead of sugary beverages can positively impact your overall health.For example, did you know that naturally-flavored water infused with fruits or herbs such as mint, basil, or rosemary is refreshing and healthier than sugary drinks? Please join us for a Make Every Day Rethink Your Drink Day virtual event on June 14, 2021, at noon via Facebook Live. This virtual event will cover the topics; flavor water recipe demonstration, kids activity-Origami Flavor Finder Activity, and how to use Beverage Breakdown tool to measure how much sugar you drink during the day and choose healthier options. 

  1. Malik, V. S., Popkin, B. M., Bray, G. A., Després, J., & Hu, F. B. (2010). Sugar-sweetened beverages, obesity, Type 2 diabetes Mellitus, and Cardiovascular Disease Risk ; Malik, V.S. et al. (2019). Long-term consumption of sugar-sweetened and artificially sweetened beverages and risk of mortality in U.S. adults. Circulation, 139, 2113-2125
  2. SNAP-Ed 2018 County Profile:Del Norte
CalFresh Healthy Living program educates adults and children of Del Norte County on making healthier beverage and snack choices as part of a healthy eating pattern. Healthy Snacking is important as research shows more than three-fourths of all added sugar Americans eat comes from snacks, sweets, and sugary drinks.1 In addition, more than a quarter of the calories children consumes daily may come from snacks.2

According to the California Health Interview Survey from 2011-2016, 58 percent of children/teens (age 2-17) in Del Norte County consumed fast food more than once per week.The survey shows that less than half (48 %) of Del Norte children/teens (age 12-17) consumed five or more servings of fruits and vegetables the previous day.3 A balanced diet compromising fruits and vegetables is essential for children's health. Fruits and vegetables promote good health, protect against disease, strengthen a child's immune system, and prevent chronic diseases such as cardiovascular diseases. 

Please join us for a Make Every Day Healthy Snack Day virtual event on June 16, 2021, at noon via Facebook Live. During this live virtual day of action event, we will cover the topic-why healthy snacking is important, easy everyday snack recipes and demonstrations, and Using the online Personal Recipe Finder to plan healthy snacks and meals every day.

  1. Source: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and U.S. Department of Agriculture. 2015–2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans. 8th Edition. December 2015. Available at
  2. U.S. Department of Agriculture, Health and Nutrition Service. A Guide to Smart Snacking in Schools. For School Year 2018 – 2019. July 2019. Available at
  3. SNAP-Ed 2018 County Profile:Del Norte 
Market Match Program and WIC Farmers's Market Nutrition Program (FMNP)
CalFresh -federally known as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), provides monthly food benefits to assist low-income households in purchasing the food they need to maintain adequate nutrition. The Market Match program helps fresh in-season local fruits and vegetables more affordable by doubling CalFresh (SNAP) benefits. Visit Crescent City Farmers Market or Downtown Farmers Market and ask about the Market Match program to double your dollars to spend on fruits and vegetables.

The Market Match program helps fresh in-season local fruits and vegetables more affordable by doubling CalFresh (SNAP) benefits. Visit Crescent City Farmers Market or Downtown Farmers Market and ask about the Market Match program to double your dollars to spend on fruits and vegetables. Crescent City Farmers Market and the Downtown Crescent City Farmers & Artisans Market will match your CalFresh and WIC benefits dollar-for-dollar, up to $20 per family, per market day to use on fruits and vegetables for your family. 

California WIC families will see a temporary increase in their monthly WIC fruits and vegetables benefit to $35 from June 1 through Sept.30, 2021 with American Rescue Plan funding. Eating a diet high in fruits and vegetables reduces the prevalence of chronic disease and strengthens the immune system. This increased benefit will allow families enrolled in the WIC program to buy and consume more healthy fruits and vegetables. 

CalFresh Healthy Living Program will be at the Downtown Farmers Market from June 23, 2021, through August 25, 2021, from 10 am to 12 pm, offering a taste-testing activity and recipe demonstrations, educational resource distributions, and fun hands-on activity kits distributions for preschool aged children. We will also be tabling at the Crescent City Farmers Market at the harbor every third Saturday each month starting on June 19, 2021 through September 18th from 10 am to 12 pm. We hope to see you at the Farmers Market! 
Join in the movement for a healthy change! You also can be a Champion for Change. Please nominate yourself or others who would like to become a Champion for Change and share your healthy victories with others! Let's make positive and healthy changes together!

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