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  • For Small Stores in Pasadena: Apply for a Healthy Retail Program Mini-Grant!

      Healthy Retail Mini-Grant  

    The City of Pasadena Public Health Department is excited to expand the Healthy Retail Program, which fosters a safer and healthier community in Pasadena. Beginning in 2017, the Healthy Retail Program will partner with at least four small stores in qualifying neighborhoods to provide up to $14,500 toward retail improvements when the stores commit to creating healthier retail environments inside and outside the store. Funding is provided by the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG). 

    Healthy Retail Program recipients will increase access to healthier food and beverage options, bolster and strengthen local economic development, and improve the quality of life for all residents and businesses in Pasadena. Don’t miss out on this opportunity!  

    For more information about this Program, please view the Healthy Retail Program Mini-Grant Guidelines or contact Melany Chan at (626) 744-6136 or mchan@cityofpasadena.net


    Stores can apply for the Healthy Retail Program mini-grants by downloading and completing the application form available below.  Requests for mini-grants are limited to a maximum of $14,500. 

    The deadline to submit an application is Wednesday, December 21, 2016 at 5:00pm. Hand-written or late applications will not be accepted. Please mail or hand-deliver your application and any supporting documentation to: 

    City of Pasadena Public Health Department 
    Nutrition and Physical Activity Program 
    Attention: Melany Chan, Healthy Retail Program 
    1845 N. Fair Oaks Avenue, Room 2206 
    Pasadena, CA 91103 

    Download the Healthy Retail Program Mini-Grant application here. 

    Click the image below for an example on a Healthy Retail Program transformation.

    Healthy Retail Program Before and After

  • Be Better Pasadena 

    You don't have to be perfect, just be better. 

    Making small changes day by day can add up to big health improvements. Be Better Pasadena inspires all to make small shifts in what they eat and drink to prevent chronic health conditions like type 2 diabetes, hypertension, and heart disease.  

    The Be Better campaign spotlights real Champions for Change from across California, who despite the stresses of everyday life, have committed to be better for themselves and their families by getting more physical activity, drinking water instead of sugary drinks, and eating more fruits and vegetables. Watch these videos to learn more!    

    Get Started Today! Learn ways to eat better, play better, and refresh better every day by taking advantage of the free resources provided by the Nutrition and Physical Activity Program. 

    Share how you are eating, playing, and drinking better every day by using the hashtag #BeBetterPasadena. For more information, call (626) 744-6136.


  • Nutrition & Physical Activity Education

    The Nutrition and Physical Activity Program aims to reduce the prevalence of obesity and other chronic diseases by providing nutrition education and obesity prevention services in Pasadena. Through our various campaigns we encourage the public to increase consumption of healthy foods and beverages, decrease consumption of less healthy foods and beverages, and increase levels of physical activity.

    Program Objectives 

    1. Increase consumption and access to healthy foods and beverages;
    2. Decrease consumption of less healthy foods and beverages;
    3. Increase physical activity levels; 
    4. Improve food resource management skills such as meal planning, comparing prices, or using a shopping list; and
    5. Implement strategies to create environments that support fruit and vegetable consumption and physical activity.

    Our goal is to make the healthy choice an easy choice for all residents of Pasadena.  


    • Free nutrition and physical activity classes – English or Spanish;
    • Free nutrition and physical activity single session workshops – English or Spanish;
    • Host interactive booths at community events and fairs to promote healthy living and messaging; and
    • Consultation and staff training to organizations interested in adopting a healthy procurement policy similar to the City of Pasadena’s Healthy Food and Beverage Vending and Procurement Policy.

    Communities of Excellence in Nutrition, Physical Activity and Obesity Prevention

    Communities all over the state are working to address key nutrition issues shaping the health of their residents. The City of Pasadena Public Health Department implemented the Communities of Excellence in Nutrition, Physical Activity and Obesity Prevention (CX3)© program planning framework to survey neighborhoods in relation to a variety of healthy nutrition and physical activity benchmarks. CX3 captured neighborhood-level data to empower the community to build and promote healthier places to live, work and play. Download fact sheets of the neighborhoods assessed: 

    CX3 Fact Sheet Jackie Robinson Community Center
    CX3 Fact Sheet Villa Parke Community
    CX3 Fact Sheet Washington Schools


    City of Pasadena Healthy Food and Beverage Vending and Procurement Policy Resources



    Click on each campaign to learn more!

    Choose My Plate  Rethink Your Drink  Physical Activity 


    The Nutrition and Physical Activity Program is funded by the California Department of Public Health Nutrition Education and Obesity Prevention Branch.

     Champions for Change Logo  



  • Contact Us

    For general program questions or more information about the City of Pasadena’s Healthy Food and Beverage Vending and Procurement Policy, please contact:

    Mary Urtecho-Garcia
    Program Coordinator

    For nutrition education classes:
    Esmeralda Garcia

    For community events:
    Erika Redke
    (626) 744-6136

    For the Healthy Retail Program:
    Melany Chan
    (626) 744-6136

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