Healthy Choices

 

Healthy Choice (para espanol oprime aqui)

Healthy Choice provides nutrition education and physical fitness opportunities to low-income families in the Duarte area. At the center of Healthy Choice is the five-member Teen Nutrition Council (TNC). The TNC is comprised of five students who either attend a Duarte school or live in the Duarte community and attend school. They serve for a one-year period and receive a monthly stipend for their efforts.

 

Initiated in February 2000, the TNC have sought to maintain the goal of encouraging the consumption of the recommended amounts of fruits and vegetables by low-income (185% of federal poverty level) students and their families in the City of Duarte. The TNC attempts to do this by assisting the Recreation Coordinator in implementing various programs related to nutrition education provided by the City of Duarte, including after-school nutrition education classes and the annual Summer Health Camp. The TNC have also made presentations to City Council, the Parks and Recreation Commission, Rotary Club, and Regional Occupational Program (ROP) summer program class. You might also spot the TNC promoting health and fitness in the infamous banana suit at city events, such as the Route 66 Picnic and the Concert in the Park Summer Series. The TNC meet at least twice monthly. Healthy Choice is provided by the City of Duarte and funded through the California Healthy Cities and Communities Project and the State of California Department of Health Service.

 

For more information on obesity prevention or food stamps, call 1-888-328-3483.

 

Keep reading for more information and tips on how to eat healthy and be active…

 

Nutrition Matters
Fruits and veggies have vitamins and minerals that can help protect your health such as:

  • Fiber: Diets rich in foods containing fiber such as fruits and vegetables may reduce the risk of coronary heart disease
  • Folate: Adequate intake may reduce a woman’s risk of having a child with a brain or spinal cord defect
  • Potassium: Diets rich in potassium may help to maintain a healthy blood pressure.
  • Vitamin A: Keeps eyes and skin healthy and helps protect against infections.
  • Vitamin C: Helps heal cuts and wounds and keeps teeth and gums healthy.

 

Variety Matters
Eating fruits and veggies in a variety of colors—red, dark green, yellow, blue, purple, white and orange—provides the broadest range of nutrients. So eat a colorful variety every day!

Try this!

Blend frozen berries with non-fat vanilla yogurt and a splash of 100% orange juice for a quick and tasty treat.

 

Physical Activity
Choose activities that you enjoy and can do regularly. Fitting activity into a daily routine can be easy—such as taking a brisk 10 minute walk to and from the parking lot, bus stop, or subway station. Or, join an exercise class. Keep it interesting by trying something different on alternate days. What’s important is to be active most days of the week and make it part of daily routine

 

At a minimum, adults should do moderate intensity activity for 30 minutes most days, or preferably every day; children should do 60 minutes every day.

 

For another website for healthy choices and information click on the link below:
http://www.dhs.ca.gov/LEAN


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