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CalFresh Healthy Living

CalFresh Healthy Living (SNAP-Ed) is dedicated to helping make the healthy choice the easy choice for older adults and adults with disabilities in San Diego County. The program aims to empower Cal-Fresh eligible communities lead healthy and active lifestyles by providing nutrition education, and supporting policy, system, and environmental changes that can improve access to healthy food and physical activity opportunities. Below you will find our quarterly newsletters, information about programs, recipes, as well as other resources for healthy living!

Nutrition Education with Seniors (NEWS)

Nutrition Education with Seniors (NEWS) is a quarterly newsletter published by the County of San Diego Health and Human Services Agency, Aging & Independence Services. Each issue offers tips and tools for healthy eating and physical activity, and spotlights resources and projects that support community health! 

CalFresh Programs

Eat Smart, Live Strong

Filled with fun and lively activities, Eat Smart, Live Strong is a workshop series developed by the USDA Food and Nutrition Service to improve fruit and vegetable consumption and physical activity among older adults. Classes meet for an hour and a half once a week for four weeks.

  • Reach Your Goals, Step by Step
  • Challenges and Solutions
  • Colorful and Classic Favorites
  • Eat Smart, Spend Less

Around the Table: Nourishing Families

Around the Table: Nourishing Families is a six-week adult curriculum for adults who are raising or spending a lot of time with children. Participants can enjoy hands-on cooking, facilitated conversations, and interactive activities that support healthy connections to food, self, and community. In this virtual series, participants will: 

  • Share memories and stories about food
  • Explore their personal relationship to food
  • Improve cooking and food resource management skills
  • Gain simple strategies for planning healthy balanced meals for the entire family
  • Learn about nutrition for good physical and mental health
  • Explore healthy coping and self-nourishment skills

Food Smarts

Food Smarts is a flexible, learner-centered cooking and nutrition workshop series developed by Leah’s Pantry. Aging & Independence Services offers classes that meet one hour once a week for five weeks. Topics include:

  • Setting the stage for healthy choices
  • Simple ways to build a wholesome plate
  • Increasing fruit and vegetable consumption
  • Identifying sources of unwanted sugar and salt
  • Saving money and time with shopping and budgeting strategies

Choosing Healthy Beverages

Almost half of all sugar consumed in the US comes from sugary drinks. Find out how to get refreshed the healthy way! During this one-hour class, participants learn:

  • Setting the stage for healthy choices
  • How healthy beverages fit into the MyPlate dietary recommendations
  • The link between sugary drinks, obesity, and type 2 diabetes
  • Types of sugary drinks that may be in their diet
  • How to calculate the amount of sugar in beverages
  • Healthy beverages they and their families can enjoy

To learn more about the programs, email the Health Promotion Team or call 858-495-5500.


Community Change Projects    

As they learn about the different factors that impact health, participants begin to look more critically at their environment, and the way it may be impacting their health behavior. Working together, participants select community change project(s) and draft an action plan that strives to bring about policy, systems and environmental changes that aim to reduce community barriers to eating healthy and exercising. These special classes are only offered to cohorts that have participated in either Eat Smart Live Strong, Around the Table: Nourishing Families, Food Smarts, or Choose Healthy Beverages. Classes generally meet weekly for approximately 4-6 weeks, depending on the project(s) being pursued. Ongoing technical assistance available to support with project sustainability.

Take a look at recent community change efforts:  

Kinship Family Cookbook

The Kinship Family Cookbook emerged in 2021 during an Around the Table series attended by YMCA Kinship participants and led by the County of San Diego’s Health and Human Services Agency, Aging & Independence Services. The cookbook features a collection of tried and true recipes and encourages a deeper reflection on the importance of family and self nourishment. 

Share the cookbook with your networks and get inspired for your next meal!



Want to save money and eat healthy at the same time? Click below to explore a variety of budget-friendly and nutritious video recipes. In both English and Spanish, the videos walk viewers through the steps needed to complete the recipe, while also offering cooking tips, and introducing the health benefits of some of the ingredients used.



Funded by USDA SNAP-Ed, an equal opportunity provider and employer. Visit for healthy tips. To learn more about CalFresh or to apply, visit our CalFresh webpage