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  • Nutrition & Physical Activity Education

    The Nutrition and Physical Activity Program aims to reduce the prevalence of obesity and other chronic diseases by providing nutrition education and obesity prevention services in Pasadena. Through our various campaigns we encourage the public to increase consumption of healthy foods and beverages, decrease consumption of less healthy foods and beverages, and increase levels of physical activity.

    Program Objectives 

    1. Increase consumption and access to healthy foods and beverages;
    2. Decrease consumption of less healthy foods and beverages;
    3. Increase physical activity levels; 
    4. Improve food resource management skills such as meal planning, comparing prices, or using a shopping list; and
    5. Implement strategies to create environments that support fruit and vegetable consumption and physical activity.

    Our goal is to make the healthy choice an easy choice for all residents of Pasadena.  

    Services 

    • Free nutrition and physical activity classes – English or Spanish
    • Free nutrition and physical activity single session workshops – English or Spanish
    • Nutrition and cooking classes in selected Pasadena Unified School District schools (see Education section);
    • Host interactive booths at community events and fairs to promote healthy messaging;
    • Consultation and staff training to organizations interested in adopting a healthy procurement policy similar to the City of Pasadena’s Healthy Food and Beverage Vending and Procurement Policy.
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    Campaigns

    Click on each campaign to learn more!

    Choose My Plate  Rethink Your Drink  Physical Activity 

     

    The Nutrition and Physical Activity Program is funded by the California Department of Public Health Nutrition Education and Obesity Prevention Branch.

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  • Contact Us

    For general program questions or more information about the City of Pasadena’s Healthy Food and Beverage Vending and Procurement Policy, please contact:

    Mary Urtecho-Garcia
    Program Coordinator
    mugarcia@cityofpasadena.net
    (626)744-6163

    For nutrition education classes:
    Margarita Aguilar
    Community Services Representative
    maguilar@cityofpasadena.net
    (626)744-6134

    For community events:
    Erika Redke
    Community Services Representative
    eredke@cityofpasadena.net
    (626)744-6136