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 recipes, as well as other resources for healthy living!


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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:

  • 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.


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.

Topics include:

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


Community Change

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, they 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, 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.


Tai Chi: Moving for Better Balance

Tai Chi: Moving for Better Balance (also known as Tai Ji Quan) is an evidence-based fall prevention program for older adults. The program is delivered in two 1-hour sessions each week for 24 weeks. Each session consists of warm-up exercises; core practices, which include a mix of practice of forms, variations of forms, and mini-therapeutic movements; and brief cool-down exercises. The program was developed by Fuzhong Li, Ph.D., a Senior Scientist at Oregon Research Institute.


Tai Chi for Arthritis

Tai Chi for Arthritis utilizes the Sun style of tai chi for its ability to improve relaxation, balance, and its ease of use for older adults. The movements are taught to both left and right sides and with turns to move forward and backward to improve mobility and offer a variety of combinations. The program was developed by Dr. Paul Lam at the Tai Chi Health Institute. 


To learn more about the programs, email or call (858) 495-5500.




Want to save money and eat healthy at the same time? Explore a variety of budget-friendly and nutritious video recipes below. 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.





Cinnamon Baked Golden Apples




For more online cooking and nutrition resources, visit



Resources for Healthy Living

COVID-19 Resources

12 Tips for Grocery Shopping During the Pandemic

Consejos para el consumidor sobre cómo comprar alimentos durante la pandemia 


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