CHILDREN ADOPT HEALTHY LIFESTYLES Judy Huffaker, M.A., R.D. Alhambra Unified School District Nutrition Network
Alhambra Unified School DistrictNutrition Network • California Nutrition Network: • Promoting nutrition education • and physical activity • Principal funding provided by USDA’s Food Stamp Program, an equal opportunity provider, helping limited income Californians buy more nutritious foods for a healthier diet.
Alhambra Unified School District • Located in Los Angeles County, California • Services 160 pre kindergarten, 7,408 Grades K-8, 5,477 Grades 9-12 students • Eligibility requirements for CA Nutrition Network funding at school sites is the presence of 50%+ of students on free and/or reduced meal program 66% qualify at elementary schools 63% qualify at high schools • Ethnic Population 47% Asian Pacific Islander, 43% Hispanic, 10% White, 2% Other
How do children adopt healthy lifestyles? Where do children spend most of their day? Look at the school environment Involve the community and local partners Nutrition education/physical activity promotion Taking the messages home Challenges
First steps… Buildinga collaborative partnership with… School administrators Cafeteria managers Teachers Parents and students
Physical Activity Promotions *SPARK = Sports, Play & Active Recreation For Kids *Staff Development
Students Pound The Pavement With Community Partners During Walk To School Week
Nutrition OlympicsKindergarten and 1st Graders Building mighty muscles Pass the pea relay Potato sack hop
Staff Development Staff development provides support for educators and resources to integrate nutrition education into core curriculum. Nutrition education provided by…
Harvest of the Month Tool Kitwww.harvestofthemonth.com Introducing a new produce each month encourages students to explore and taste fruits & vegetables!
Cooking in the Classroom Provides students with a unique opportunity to experience hands-on preparation of healthy snacks.
Nutrition Advisory Councils (NAC) Building student leadership to promote healthy options with peers.
STUDENTS PROMOTING FRESH FRUITS! “I’ve never had cantaloupe until today!”
“Smoothies are easy to make and only require a few ingredients! Fresh strawberry smoothies are our favorite!”
“Students of all ages are reading labels and drinking 100% juice!” “Students are more willing to try new fruits and vegetables.”
School sites support nutrition education… “Fruit parties reinforces nutrition education taught in the classroom.”
Website: www.ausdnutrition.com CHILDREN ADOPT HEALTHY LIFESTYLES Judy Huffaker, M.A., R.D. Alhambra Unified School District Nutrition Network 15 W. Alhambra Road, Alhambra, California 91801 email@example.com