Cooperative Extension Contra Costa
University of California
Cooperative Extension Contra Costa

UCCE Contra Costa


The University of California Cooperative Extension Contra Costa County delivers high quality education and research  programs that contribute to:
• Safe, healthy and accessible food
• Clean water and a healthy environment
• Improved nutrition habits and well-nourished residents
• Healthy youth who contribute to healthy communities
• An improved local economy

Our programs benefit ALL cities and ALL citizens throughout the County. We pride ourselves on delivering the most cost-effective programs in the most efficient manner by drawing upon experts from throughout the UC system, utilizing over 600 trained volunteers, and working cooperatively with over 150 diverse public and private agencies/organizations. And we do this at a minimal cost to the public.


Contra Costa Stories

UCCE Integrated Approach Increases Students' Water Consumption
Over the last four decades, rates of childhood obesity have more than tripled for school-aged youth. Sugar-sweetened beverage (SSB) intake contributes to excessive weight gain. Youth's risk for obesity increases an average of 60% with every additional daily serving of soda. In Shasta County 39% of children ages 2-17 consumed one or more SSBs daily and 33% were considered overweight or obese. The Dietary Guidelines for Americans encourage individuals to choose water as the best non-caloric substitute for SSBs. UCCE was ready to mobilize resources and partnerships to improve the health outcomes of Shasta County youth through education, marketing and promotion, and environmental changes that supported water consumption.

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Cooperative Extension
Costa County
2380 Bisso Lane, Ste. B

Concord, CA 94520-4829

Main Office: 925-608-6670
Master Gardeners: 925-608-6683
Fax: 925-608-6697

Director:  Rob Bennaton

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Spotlight Stories

Amazing Apples!

Students and teachers learn to love healthy snacks!

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Healthy Halloween Celebration

Students enjoy a Healthy Halloween at Foothill School!

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Fruit and Vegetable Challenge!

Students Try New Fruits and Veggies at Jack London School!

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A ton of vegetables!


The Master Gardeners donated 2,000 pounds of fresh vegetables to the Monument Crisis Center for distribution to families.

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