• A Lifestyle of Exercise & Nutrition

    Welcome

    to the Ventura County website concerning healthy eating and active living,
    sponsored by the Partnership for a Healthy Ventura County (formerly known as ALEAN VC).

     

    Health Notes

    Breastfeeding Awareness Month

    One of the most highly effective preventive measures a mother can take to protect the health of her infant is to breastfeed. August is National Breastfeeding Awareness Month, a campaign launched by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The purpose is to empower women to breastfeed and promote research that shows breastfeeding to be one of the most impactful ways to nourish a child’s early development. [Source: Center for Disease Control and Prevention]

    For more information, including lactation support in Ventura County, click HERE.

    Book of the Month

    The Nursing Mother’s Companion, by Kathleen Huggins

    Breastfeeding is natural, but it is not entirely instinctive for either mothers or babies. The Nursing Mother’s Companion has been among the best-selling books on breastfeeding for 25 years, and is respected and recommended by professionals and well loved by new parents for its encouraging and accessible style. Huggins equips breastfeeding mothers with all the information they need to overcome potential difficulties and nurse their babies successfully from the first week through the toddler years, or somewhere in between. [Source: Amazon.com]

    For a comprehensive list of popular breastfeeding books, click HERE.

  • Harvest of the Month: Cucumber

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    A ½ cup of sliced cucumbers provides:

    A good source of vitamin K
    A source of water, a vital nutrient for the body

  • Recipe of the Month: Thai Cucumber Salad

    Thai Cucumber Salad

    Healthy salad with with a crisp and crunchy twist!