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Harvest of the Month. Nutrition Education Wellness Champions. What is Harvest of the Month? (HOM). Federally-funded program; Implemented through the Network for a Healthy California grant; Offered to low-resource school districts. Why HOM?.

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Harvest of the month

Harvest of the Month

Nutrition Education Wellness Champions


What is harvest of the month hom

What is Harvest of the Month? (HOM)

  • Federally-funded program;

  • Implemented through the Network for a Healthy California grant;

  • Offered to low-resource school districts.


Why hom

Why HOM?

  • Increase students’ access to fresh fruits and vegetables.

  • Increase students’ knowledge of and familiarity with the rich agricultural bounty of California.

  • Potential to positively change eating and activity behaviors.


Criteria for hom fruits and vegetables

Criteria for HOM Fruits and Vegetables

  • California grown;

  • In-season during the month featured;

  • Represents a variety of colorful fruits and vegetables;

  • Familiar to children;

  • Affordable when purchased in season;

  • Easy to use for classroom taste testing;

  • Recommended by school produce buyers for seasonal availability and cost.

  • Aligned with Network for a Healthy California Campaigns and Programs.


Components of hom program

Components of HOM Program

Taste Test

Nutrition Education

Resources


Components of hom program taste test

Components of HOM Program Taste Test

  • 6 Taste Tests this year:

    • November – Persimmon

    • January – Mandarin

    • February – Broccoli

    • March – Peas

    • April – Greens

    • May – Strawberries


Components of hom program nutrition education

Components of HOM Program – Nutrition Education

  • Differs from Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program;

  • Nutrition Education elements

    • Educator Newsletter

    • Family Newsletter

    • Workbooks

    • Posters

    • Calendars

    • Fruit and Vegetable cards


Hom wellness champion tasks 5 th grade assessment

HOM Wellness Champion Tasks5th Grade Assessment

  • Facilitate the 5th Grade Pre-assessment in October (and then the post-assessment in late May/June).

  • Determine baseline understanding of healthy eating and physical activity and then any growth over the year.


Hom wellness champion tasks nutrition activity data

HOM Wellness Champion TasksNutrition Activity Data

  • Track the minutes devoted to the HOM Nutrition Education Program.

  • Key task for grant accountability.


Hom wellness champion tasks taste test facilitation

HOM Wellness Champion TasksTaste Test Facilitation

  • 6 times per year you will facilitate the Taste Test.

  • Logistical details…..


Hom wellness champion tasks nutrition education

HOM Wellness Champion TasksNutrition Education

  • Distribute Educator Newsletter to teachers at your site for every taste test.

  • Treasure Hunt…


Hom wellness champion tasks nutrition education1

HOM Wellness Champion TasksNutrition Education

  • Family Newsletter -- some translated versions are available at: http://www.harvestofthemonth.cdph.ca.gov/EdCorner/translated-newsletter.asp


Hom wellness champion tasks nutrition education2

HOM Wellness Champion TasksNutrition Education

  • Workbooks – K-5

    • Additional blank pages inserted for nutrition-related prompts and/or classroom connections.


Hom wellness champion tasks nutrition education3

HOM Wellness Champion TasksNutrition Education

  • Calendars (coming in January);

  • Stickers (for K-2 students only);

  • Nutrition lessons on OUSD Website: www.ousd.k12.ca.us/nutritioneducation

  • Re-Think Your Drink materials – next meeting in February.


Advantages of site facilitated hom

Advantages of Site-Facilitated HOM

  • Conversations about Nutrition – on-going.

  • Integrate with other school-wide or classroom-wide events/activities.

  • Cafeteria connections and Produce Market connections.


Hom wellness champion tasks beyond

HOM Wellness Champion TasksBEYOND

  • HOM Updates at staff meetings;

  • HOM bulletin board (Updated for each new produce item);

  • HOM-integrated activities at school events – publicize, positively reinforce and spotlight participants who integrate HOM in classroom and beyond;

  • Document success stories (photos, articles, etc.)


Questions

Questions?

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