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Many older Americans are living on fixed incomes and are looking for ways to save money in the kitchen. Try these tips to cut your grocery bills:

Cook Alternative Protein Foods – instead of meat or chicken, cook meals that use eggs, beans or tofu. You still get lots of protein but it doesn’t cost as much.
Check out the bulk bin - Look for dried fruits, nuts, rice, pasta and cereals.

Try Frozen – You can save even more money by buying large bags, using what you need and sealing tightly in the freezer between uses.

Buy in Season – You can get the best deals and they taste best when you buy fruits and vegetables in season.
Store Brands are Cheaper – look for generic and store brands that can be exactly the same as brand names and cost less.

Plant a Garden – Try growing your own herbs and vegetables at home. Many plants don’t need much space and can grow in containers or on the window sill.


Healthy Living
Healthy Seniors

Nutrition Services is committed to providing information about food access, physical activity, and other related programs in Alameda County.


Network for a Healthy California, Champions for Change recipes

Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP-Ed)

Connection Recipe Finder

CDC More Matters

International Food Information Council


Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (CalFresh)


Alameda County Public Health Department

American Diabetes Association

American Heart Association

California Department of Public Health

California Department of Health Care Services

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Network for a Healthy California

UC Berkeley Center for Weight and Health

Women Infants and Children Program (WIC)


California Center for Physical Activity

Let's Move

Play Works



Berkeley Media Studies Group

California Center for Public Health Advocacy

Center for Science in the Public Interest

Healthy Eating Active Living

Kick the Can

Oakland Food Policy Council

Prevention Institute

Project LEAN

Strategic Alliance

The California Endowment / Health Happens Here


Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics

Harvest of the Month

Meatless Mondays

My Plate

Food and Nutrition Information Center


Soda Free Summer


Alameda County Community Food Bank

Bay Area Nutrition and Physical Activity Coalition (BANPAC)

Alameda County Building Blocks Collaborative

City of Oakland Parks and Recreation

East Bay Regional Parks

Higher Ground Neighborhood Development Corp.

Leah's Pantry
Oakland Unified School District

Oakland Unified School District, Nutrition Services

Food Assistance Programs


There are several assistance programs English / Spanish that provide supplemental food for you and your family. These programs increase food security and reduce hunger by providing children and low-income individuals and families access to healthy food.

The following web sites provide additional information regarding nutrition and healthy living for families.

Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (CalFresh)

Women Infants and Children Program (WIC)

USDA MyPyramid

Healthy Living for Life! Toolkit Folder

Cookbooks & Recipes

Want to prepare a healthy soul food dinner, or find a great dish from a Latino recipe book? Perhaps you will find a favorite recipe in the Healthy Eating…for life Cookbook. Click here to learn more.

Physical Activities

Physical ActivitY

Physical activity is important to healthy living. Nutrition Services wants young people and adults in Alameda County to get moving. Click here to learn about tips and programs throughout the county that can help you be physically active.

Shape of Yoga

Shape of Yoga

We want to get Alameda County moving and engaged in daily physical activity! A great resource is “Shape of Yoga” which contains instructions and photos for performing basic yoga exercises and poses…a great way for families to be physically active. To download your copy of “Shape of Yoga” in English or Spanish, click here.

Healthy Kids…for life!

Kid Fun!

Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move campaign website for kids

Body and Mind (BAM!) – CDC’s website for kids

Nutrition Exploration, National Dairy Council’s website for kids

Food Champs – Fruits & Veggies More Matters website for kids

Health education for children by the Nemours Foundation


Senior Healthy Living Eating

Healthy eating…for life!

Check out the Healthy Eating...for life cookbook, a collection of favorite recipes from participants in Healthy Living Councils held at senior centers in Oakland. Nutrition Services analyzed and adapted the traditional recipes to help make them healthier.

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