Health, Hydration, and BBQs

Health Education Newsletter


Health Education Spotlight: CPSP Coordinators

Comprehensive Perinatal Services Program: Provides enhanced perinatal services for Medi-Cal eligible women from the date of conception through 60 days after the month of delivery. 

Goals of CPSP:

 Improve the outcome of every pregnancy

 Decrease the incidence of low birth weight

 Give every baby a healthy start

 Lower health care costs by preventing   catastrophic illness

Rethink Your Drink!

Hydrate Smart!

Fill the pitcher halfway with ice.

 Add sliced fruit, cucumber, or your favorite herb (such as mint).

 Fill with water.

 Chill for at least 20 minutes before serving.

 Store in the refrigerator and drink within 24 hours.

Choosing spa water instead of sugar sweetened beverages can help control calories and blood sugars. Drinking eight to ten cups of water per day is recommended. Drink more if you are active.

Summer is BBQ Season

Does Grilling Cause Cancer?

Grilling produces chemicals that may in-crease the risk of cancer: Heterocyclic amines (HCAs) and Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons (PAHs). The factors that influence the production of these harmful chemicals include:

 Fat content of food

 Cooking time

 Cooking temperature

 Distance from the heat source

 Food preparation/marinade

 Interaction with other foods

To be safe:

 Choose lean and less processed meats.

 Use herbs and spices to decrease the produc-tion of HCAs and PAHs.

 Avoid cooking meats above 212˚F.

 Follow USDA cooking temperature guidelines.

 Eat fruits and veggies to reduce HCA activity.



True or False?

Eating grilled foods with spin-ach, parsley, cherries, apples, blueberries, red grapes, kiwi, watermelon or dried plums inhibit cancer causing HCAs.


The ONLY fluid our bodies need is water.


More harmful carcinogens are produced in large amounts at about 572˚F.


Fattier meats cause LESS for-mation of PAHs.

FALSE. Fat-tier meats drip grease onto the grill causing more PAHs forma-tion.

Source: John Berardi, Ph.D.

Meet Our Health Education Team

Newsletter Editors

Erika Demonsant

Jessica Jones

Jasmin Raymundo

Zalak Trivedi

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