THANKS FOR PUTTING DOWN THAT DONUT.

NOW LET’S MAKE MONTEREY THE HEALTHIEST COUNTY IN CALIFORNIA.

Make a Pledge

Recently, we found out that Monterey County ranks #22 for health in California. Surely, we can do better. This being such a great place to live and all. We thought we ought to set our sights higher. Much higher.

What if we could be #1? How amazing would that be, right?

And here you are. So glad you came to visit. Keep scrolling, and you’ll discover plenty of ways to join the cause. Activities. Facebook pledges. Simple things. Big results. Imagine if we make it to the top together…

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Little Things

Ten Ways

practice mindfulness

  1. Wake up slowly
  2. Breathe before stressful situations
  3. Focus only on current tasks
  4. Pause between actions
  5. Let angry moments pass
  6. Sit quietly and people watch
  7. Keep a daily journal
  8. Stop and smell the roses
  9. Listen more than you speak
  10. Take more time to yourself

stay active

  1. Find a workout partner
  2. Take the stairs
  3. Bike instead of drive
  4. Plant a garden
  5. Stand at your desk
  6. Join a sports league
  7. Go for a hike
  8. Track your daily steps
  9. Take a walk on your lunch break
  10. Park farther away

give back

  1. Promote local businesses
  2. Participate in food drives
  3. Sponsor an event  
  4. Become a tutor
  5. Organize a neighborhood clean-up
  6. Help build something
  7. Encourage employee volunteerism
  8. Donate unused items  
  9. Babysit for free
  10. Volunteer at a senior citizen

Get Local

GET OUTSIDE - Parks & Trails

1. Garland Ranch Regional Park

This park is home to a variety of landscapes that occur at elevations from 200 to 2,000 feet. Trails ascend steeply from the banks of the Carmel River, through the cottonwood-sycamore stands of the old floodplain.

2. Jacks Peak Park

As the highest point on the Monterey Peninsula, this park rises over 1,000 feet above Monterey and Carmel, with over 8 miles of horseback riding and hiking trails. On the Skyline Self-Guided Nature Trail you can find fossils from the Miocene epoch.

3. Toro Park

Located six miles from downtown Salinas, the park's 4,756 acres are a haven for thousands of visitors. Toro Park is also home to varied wildlife, including deer, coyote, and the occasional mountain lion or golden eagle.

4. Palo Corona Regional Park

Stretching nearly 7 miles, across 4,300 acres, this area boasts an extraordinary mix of ecosystems. It includes headwaters from 13 watersheds and protects significant habitat areas, wildlife, and endangered species.

5. Royal Oaks Park

Established in 1966, this is the oldest park in the Monterey County Parks system with over 120 acres of day use facilities. The park includes a softball field, playground equipment, basketball, volleyball and tennis courts, and miles of hiking trails.

6. San Lorenzo County Park

Along the Salinas River, at the base of the Santa Lucia Mountains, San Lorenzo Park is as picturesque as the Salinas Valley which surrounds it. Here you will find the perfect blend of old and new.

GET EATING - Produce & Markets

1. Pacific Grove Certified Farmer's Market

The Pacific Grove Certified Farmer's Market offers a wide array of products from small family farmers, along with prepared food and artisanal items from local vendors. Organized by Everyone’s Harvest every Monday from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.

2. Monterey Peninsula College Certified Farmer's Market

This year-round market offers certified organic, sustainably grown produce and artisan products and is located on the Monterey Peninsula College campus with ample parking. Open Fridays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

3. The Old Monterey Farmer's Market

The Old Monterey Farmer's Market, established in 1991, spans over three blocks and attracts more than 10,000 locals and tourists each year. Open Tuesdays from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.

4. Carmel Farmer's Market

This intimate market offers California-grown, local fresh farm produce, including grass-fed meat and dairy, as well as specialty items from over 25 farmers and vendors. Open Tuesdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

5. Alisal Certified Farmer's Market

Funded by the Community Foundation of Monterey County and the Douglas Foundation, this local farmer’s market happily accepts EBT/WIC and has a Market Match program to help customers increase their spending power. Open Tuesdays from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

GET INVOLVED - Community Hospital Classes

Who We Are

Montage Health is a collection of health organizations, all started right here in Monterey County. Locals helping locals, on the things that matter most to everyone: health. But we aren’t much for the typical see-the-doctor-when-you’re-sick sort of thing. Our goal is to make everyone feel as good as they can. So we’re questioning everything and boldly innovating.

For example, to reduce premiums locally, we created our own insurance program so the dollars stay right here in the county. Our goal is to provide a different model for healthcare—from wellness to nutrition, to outreach programs and clinics.

This is the kind of healthcare we all want. We are proud to be part of this remarkable community.

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