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CHILDREN ADOPT HEALTHY LIFESTYLES. Judy Huffaker, M.A., R.D. Alhambra Unified School District Nutrition Network. Alhambra Unified School District Nutrition Network. California Nutrition Network: Promoting nutrition education and physical activity

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Children adopt healthy lifestyles

CHILDREN ADOPT HEALTHY LIFESTYLES

Judy Huffaker, M.A., R.D.

Alhambra Unified School District Nutrition Network


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
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


Challenges

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 building a collaborative partnership with
First steps… Buildinga collaborative partnership with…

School administrators

Cafeteria managers

Teachers

Parents and students




Physical activity promotions
Physical Activity Promotions

*SPARK = Sports, Play &

Active Recreation For Kids

*Staff Development


Students pound the pavement with community partners during walk to school week
Students Pound The Pavement With Community Partners During Walk To School Week


Nutrition olympics kindergarten and 1 st graders
Nutrition OlympicsKindergarten and 1st Graders

Building mighty muscles

Pass the pea relay

Potato sack hop


Staff development
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 kit www harvestofthemonth com
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
Cooking in the Classroom

Provides students with a unique opportunity to experience hands-on preparation of healthy snacks.




Nutrition advisory councils nac
Nutrition Advisory Councils (NAC)

Building student leadership to promote healthy options with peers.


Students mentor to others about making healthy choices
Students mentor to others about making healthy choices




School sites promote healthy lifestyles
School Sites Promote Healthy Lifestyles


Students promoting fresh fruits
STUDENTS PROMOTING FRESH FRUITS!

“I’ve never had cantaloupe until today!”


Children adopt healthy lifestyles

“Smoothies are easy to make and only require a few ingredients!

Fresh strawberry smoothies are our favorite!”


Children adopt healthy lifestyles

“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
School sites support nutrition education… juice!”

“Fruit parties reinforces nutrition education taught in the classroom.”


As we plant the seeds for healthy kids
As We Plant The Seeds For juice!”Healthy Kids…



Children adopt healthy lifestyles1

Website: juice!”

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

huffaker_judy@alhambra.k12.ca.us