CalFresh Healthy Living
To make the healthy choice, the easy choice for individuals and families in San Diego and Imperial Counties.
Statement of Purpose
To improve the likelihood that persons eligible for CalFresh Food (SNAP) will make healthy food choices within a limited budget and choose physically active lifestyles consistent with the current Dietary Guidelines for Americans and the Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans by:
Increasing Access to and Appeal of Fruits and Vegetables
Improving Food Resource Management & Nutrition Security
Increasing Consumption of Healthy Foods and Beverages
Increasing Access to and Appeal of Physical Activity Opportunities
Increasing Daily Physical Activity
Our CalFresh Healthy Living Program provides behaviorally focused, evidence-based, nutrition and physical activity education classes to low income individuals in the community. Our services include:
Nutrition & Physical Activity Education
Food Tastings and Demonstrations
Facilitated Physical Activity and Senior Walking Groups
We partner with our sister-agency programs and other local organizations and champions to provide these services, as well as build collaboration and leadership toward healthy community initiatives. Examples of community changes:
Nutrition Gardens at Shelters
Structured Physical Activity for Seniors and Older Adults
Nutrition Pantry Programs and Healthy Distributions
Nutrition Standards for Pantries and Sites Providing Meals
We believe small changes can have big impacts on an individual’s nutrition and overall health. CalFresh Healthy Living aims to care for and empower participants as they make these small changes, so they can experience health, wellness, and life balance.
MyPlate 5k Color Run/Walk – 2018
Catholic Charities’ SNAP-Ed program, in collaboration with the County Nutrition Action Partnership (CNAP), Calexico Farmers Market, and Dr. Luz E Tristan, hosted the “MyPlate 5k Color Run/Walk” on Saturday, February 10th, 2018. This free community event was a huge success with over 300 participants of all ages in attendance! Racers enjoyed being painted with the MyPlate food group colors, free t-shirt and goodie bag, and healthy post-run snacks.
With 78% of Imperial County adults being overweight or obese and only 15% of adolescents meeting minimum physical activity recommendations, this event was meant to inspire and motivate Imperial County residents to eat healthy and maintain an active lifestyle.
The MyPlate 5k was planned to enhance a pre-existing community event at the Calexico Farmers Market. The purpose was to encourage physical activity and exposure to the MyPlate nutritional concept.
The event was featured on KYMA in Imperial Valley. Click for news story and video.
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