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Healthy Parents

Parents are great role models to encourage their families to eat more fruits and engage in daily physical activity. Use the resources below to get your family excited about Healthy Living…for life!

It's difficult to plan a healthy meal or snack when we are moving fast and always on the go. But remember...a busy life doesn't mean we should forget about eating healthy. Nutrition Services understands time constraints and has the following healthy eating suggestions and printable handouts that can help you.

Champions for Change Healthy Living Council

Healthy Living Champions for Change councils

The Healthy Living Champions for Change groups are moving into a new phase for this school year. After learning about unhealthy fats, added sugars and the importance of daily physical activity during the 2009-2010 school year, the group members are now taking action to make changes both on personal and community levels. Each started a Healthy Living Passport to Health which included setting personal healthy lifestyle goals for the year. Nutrition Services will monitor the goals as the year progresses and listen to success stories. 

The groups are also taking the East Bay Parks and Recreation Trails Challenge by hiking at least five of the featured trails. During the 2010-2011 school year, the Champions for Change participants also will be teaching cooking demonstrations themselves and taking fieldtrips to local farms and learning more about food systems and how to eat healthier. Nutrition Services is excited about helping the Champions for Change – in over 13 groups with more than 250 participants throughout Alameda County – make changes that lead to living healthy.

The Importanct of Breakfast


Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Missing breakfast can set the tone for how we feel for the rest of the day. Here is a chart with suggestions for healthy breakfast options.

Smart Snacking


This guide gives you a snapshot of popular snack items. It also has healthy snack recommendations, and gives you a quick lesson on label reading. You can print the chart and place it on your refrigerator for a quick reference. It's a wonderful tool to use when making smart snacking decisions. To learn how advertising affects you child’s snack choices, read ‘Are You Getting Played by Ronald McDonald?'

Eat Your Colors

Eat Your Colors

Eating fruits and vegetables is important. They are filled with vitamins and minerals and it benefits our health greatly when we eat them. When we eat a colorful selection of fruits and vegetables, we are on the road to living healthy! This chart shows a rainbow of healthy fruit and vegetable options and the value of including them in our daily meal plan.

Food Assistance Programs


There are several assistance programs English / Spanish that provide supplemental food for you and your family. These programs increase food security and reduce hunger by providing children and low-income individuals and families access to healthy food.

The following web sites provide additional information regarding nutrition and healthy living for families.

Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (CalFresh)

Women Infants and Children Program (WIC)

USDA MyPyramid

Healthy Living for Life! Toolkit Folder


Nutrition Services has the following cookbooks available to help you in planning meals for your family:

Healthy Latino Recipes – English/Spanish
Everyday Healthy Meals – English/Spanish
Kids Get Cooking
Soulful Recipes - Building Healthy Traditions
Chinese Cookbook

Also check out the Healthy Eating...for life cookbook, a collection of favorite recipes from participants in Healthy Living Councils held at Senior Centers in Oakland.


Shape of Yoga

Shape of Yoga

We want to get Alameda County moving and engaged in daily physical activity! A great resource is “Shape of Yoga” which contains instructions and photos for performing basic yoga exercises and poses…a great way for families to be physically active. To download your copy of “Shape of Yoga” in English or Spanish, click here.


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