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Add a Little Oz-Some to Your Healthy Lifestyle at the San Diego County Fair

Del Mar CA— This year’s yellow brick road isn’t just paved with sweets and deep-fried treats, we promise! A variety of healthy options are offered throughout the Fair, along with learning about how nature’s fruits and veggies grow. So click your heels together and track your steps around the Fairgrounds as you discover good-for-you snacks, cultivate your green thumb and discover a variety of healthy ways to enjoy the Fair.

The San Diego County Fair has partnered with the San Diego County Childhood Obesity Initiative and UCSD’s Center for Community Health to promote the “5210 Every Day!” Campaign. Just like Dorothy and her crew made their steps count on their way to the Emerald City, local kids and families can click their sparkly sneakers together, log some mileage at the Fairgrounds and discover how to get healthy at the Fair.

What is 5210, you ask? Each number represents a good-for-you habit in this health-focused movement for kids and families. Explore more details here.

5: is for 5 or more servings of fruits and vegetables each day.
2: is for 2 hours or less of screen time each day (and no screen time for kids 2 and under)
1: is for at least one hour of physical activity each day.
0: represents avoiding any sugar-sweetened beverages and drinking more water instead.

The San Diego County Fair’s partnership with the County of San Diego’s Health and Human Services Agency has created a variety of fun, healthy and helpful offerings at the Fair, including:

A Scavenger Hunt for kids to learn about how 5210 can improve their health!
  • Download a map with scavenger hunt questions or pick one up at the Fair from an Information Booth or in the Creative Youth Exhibit.
  • Kids and their families can complete the route for a total of 1,480 steps while learning about the 5210 campaign at four stations along the way including: The California Grown Exhibit for fruits and veggies, the Creative Youth Exhibit for limiting recreational screen time and the Livestock Barn for physical activity.
  • Kids who answer at least 10 of the scavenger hunt questions can visit the Creative Youth tent or the Theme Exhibit for a special prize donated by the San Diego County Childhood Obesity Initiative (while supplies last) and are eligible to purchase an official San Diego County Fair “Oz-some” fun patch for $2.
  • The 5210 campaign commercial will air during the Fair, and can also be viewed here.
Mother’s rooms for breastfeeding moms

The Fair features two lactation rooms thanks to resources provided by the San Diego Breastfeeding Coalition. The rooms are quiet and include a nursing area, high chair, changing table and related amenities. Locations include: Guest Services (East Grandstand, first floor) and Creative Youth, located in the large white tent in Family Funville.

Step it up with our walking and food maps!

The Tin Woodman may not have a heart, but your heart will thank you for picking up our Oz-some Fair walking map and healthy food map at sdfair.com/healthier. Thanks to a partnership with UC San Diego you’ll find three heart-healthy walking routes around the Fairgrounds. If you complete all three, you’ll have 10,000 steps for the day!

All about agriculture

You can learn about growing your own fruits and veggies at free daily agriculture talks at The Farm and California Grown Exhibit, learn how honey is made from the San Diego Beekeeping Society and sample delicious locally-sourced gourmet food at the Farm to Table Dinner. Kids ages 6-11 can enjoy an educational shopping experience at Albertsons|Vons Kids Market Place where they’ll learn about the more than 400 agricultural commodities grown in California.

 Other healthy Fair finds:
  • Get your sweat on at VAVi’s San Diego County Fair 5k at 7 a.m. June 15, which includes admission to the Fair on race day! Advance registration is required.
  • Forgot your sunscreen? Visit The Market from Albertsons|Vons|Pavilions to pick up any sundries you forgot, like sunscreen or lip balm.

Treat yourself to a foodie’s adventure at our Farm to Table Dinner at 4:30 p.m. June 29 featuring courses prepared using ingredients from local farms.