UCCE Contra Costa
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UCCE Promotes Container Gardening to Encourage Vegetable Intake and Improve Health for Affordable Housing Residents
A social media campaign aims to improve health of residents at low-income housing sites by encouraging vegetable intake through container gardening The Issue In the U.S., vegetable intake is lowest among adults with low income. Eating the...
In response to CA SB1383, the 4-H Food Waste Busters Project provides an opportunity for youth to engage in reducing household food waste and help combat climate change. The Issue Household food waste is a major problem in the U.S. and the average U.S....
UCCE engages a school community to increase the use of a school garden, promoting school and community health and wellness, and shaping future leaders.
UCCE partners with a school site to promote health and wellness and develop student leaders. As a result of the program, 92% of students reported gaining skills in teaching others. The issue Studies show that school gardens support student health...
UCCE’s technical assistance results in increased agriculture efficiency and profitability for the nursery and cut flower industry
A UCCE advisor's short, effective communications on rodent management techniques helped San Diego County nurseries prevent crop losses and excess labor costs and pesticide use. The Issue Rodents are known to cause extensive damage to different...
California watermelon growers benefit from UC ANR research on grafting, contributing to increased production efficiency and profitability
UC ANR research on watermelon grafting helps growers produce 15-20% more watermelons while using 25-40% fewer plants than the traditional system under the same amount of water and fertilizers, contributing to economic prosperity for the agricultural...
Contra Costa County
2380 Bisso Lane, Ste. B
Concord, CA 94520-4829
Main Office: 925-608-6670
Master Gardeners: 925-608-6683
4-H Program: 925-608-6690
Director: Frank McPherson
Contra Costa Stories
In Contra Costa County, the 2016 California Healthy Kids Survey found that only one out of four teens, ages 12-17, drank eight or more glasses of water the previous day. The same survey found that two out of three (62%) of teens drank two or more sodas the previous day - two times more teens than the national rate of 30%. Studies have found that Sugar Sweetened Beverages (SSBs) consumption is linked to weight gain, metabolic syndrome, tooth decay, and type 2 diabetes. Each 12 ounce soda contains the equivalent of eight teaspoons of added sugar, 130 calories, and zero nutrients. The American Heart Association recommends that children and teens limit added sugars to less than six teaspoons a day. Substituting zero calorie water for SSBs can help reduce added sugars, calories, and weight gain, ultimately reducing the risk of developing chronic diseases. Education and awareness are keys to helping individuals make informed choices. The annual Sugartown Festival in Crockett, CA is the largest community festival in the city drawing about 7,500 participants and provides an excellent opportunity to increase awareness.
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