Nutrition Education & Obesity Prevention Program

The Nutrition and Physical Fitness Program is a federally funded program that works to improve the health and lifestyle habits for people of all ages in Calaveras County.

The objectives of the program are:

  • Inform the community of the value of eating from all five food groups
  • Educate community members on how to grow and eat what is in season
  • Communicate the health risks of sugar sweetened beverages
  • Increase the amount of time every person is active each day
  • Teach community members how to live healthy on a budget


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Test Your Nutrition & Fitness Knowledge

What important mineral is found in all foods in the Dairy Group?

Calcium- All foods in the Dairy Group have calcium. It is a mineral that is important for strong bones and teeth. Calcium also helps with blood pressure and the nervous system.

True or False- All the foods in The Grain Group have carbohydrates?

True. Carbohydrates (“carbs”) are present in all foods in the Grains Group. Carbohydrates are also present in the other food groups like fruits, veggies, proteins, dairy, fibers, sugars, and starches.

How do I know if I am getting enough protein?

Most Americans get enough protein. However, eating leaner and more varied foods in the Protein Foods Group is healthy. These choices include lean meats, seafood, dried peas and beans, and nuts.

True or False- Eating fruits and veggies as part of a diet may protect against certain types of cancer?

True. Eating a diet rich in fruits and veggies helps keep your heart healthy, protect against certain cancers, and lower calories. 

Do all adults need the same amount of protein per day?

The amount of food an adult needs from the Protein Foods Group depends on age, sex, and level of physical activity. The recommended amount is between 5- 7 ounce per day.

Does cooking veggies ‘cook away’ the vitamins?

No, cooked veggies still contain vitamins, minerals, and fiber and can be very nutritious. Remember sauces or seasonings can add calories, saturated fat, and/or sodium to veggies.

What color veggies should you eat the most?

Eat many different color veggies to get different vitamins and minerals. 

How much physical activity do I need?

Physical activity is important for everyone. How much physical activity you need depends on your age.

  • Adults (18-64 years)
  • Adults should workout weekly at a medium pace at least 2 hours and 30 minutes OR at a fast pace for 1 hour and 15 minutes.
  • Children and adolescents (6-17 years)
  • Children and adolescents should exercise for 60 minutes or more each day.
  • Young children (2-5 years)
  • Children ages 2-5 years should play actively several times each day.

Is physical activity generally safe for everyone?

Yes, physical activity give you many health benefits. Here are some things you can do to stay safe while you are active:

  • If you haven't been active in a while, start slowly and build up.
  • Learn about the types and amounts of activity that are right for you.
  • Choose activities that are appropriate for you.
  • Build up the time you spend on an activity before switching to activities that take more effort.
  • Use the right safety gear and sports equipment.
  • Choose a safe place to do your activity.
  • See a health care provider if you have a health problem.

Why is physical activity Important?

  • Regular physical activity is good for people of all ages, shapes, sizes, and abilities.
  • Being physically active can help you:
  • Increase your chances of living longer.
  • Feel better about yourself.
  • Decrease your chances of becoming depressed.
  • Sleep well at night.
  • Move around more easily.
  • Have stronger muscles and bones.
  • Stay at or get to a healthy weight.
  • Be with friends or meet new people.
  • Enjoy yourself and have fun.

Why should I drink water?

Water is needed for our bodies because it is in every single cell, tissue, and organ. Sometimes we feel hungry when we are actually thirsty. Try drinking water before reaching for a snack. Choosing water can reduce calories and save money.  Many veggies and fruits have water in them and can help keep you hydrated.

Nutrition Documents, Resources & Links


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