- Editor: Evelyn Morales
- Author: Ebony Sanders
Fresno and Madera Counties' UC CalFresh Nutrition Education Program has a long-standing partnership with the Fresno State Dietetic Internship Program. This blog post is part of our Intern Reflections Series.
The University of California Cooperative Extension UCCE, UC CalFresh serves the Fresno and Madera counties with interactive nutrition education classes that get people motivated to eat healthier and increase physical activity. I greatly enjoyed working here because the work environment was encouraging and positive. The employees here practice what they preach. During our morning break, everyone in the office would go for a walk. Many employees packed their own lunch, which encouraged me to get back to meal prepping to ensure I have nutritious foods on hand. Everyone was kind and willing to help.
I had the luxury of observing five adult nutrition education classes. During the class, I observed and participated by encouraging the participants to ask us questions. I also had the opportunity to teach the physical activity portion in my final adult class.
During my first week with UC Cooperative Extension, I participated in two webinars. The Child Feeding Community of Practice, training webinar provided me with researched based child behavior techniques that can be applied to child feeding. I actively participated in conversation via live audio. The Spice it up! Putting Together a Low-Sodium Flavor Station in the School Cafeteria webinar provided easy suggestions on operating a low-sodium flavor station in the school cafeterias.
The theme of my nutrition corner board (pictured above) was “Eat the Rainbow”. This poster displays colorful visuals of various fruits and vegetables and highlights how each color contributes to beneficial health outcomes. The objective of this poster was to get children to consume a variety of fresh fruits and vegetables, associating each color of the rainbow with the nutrition it provides. My goal is to help children understand the importance of eating a variety of fruits and vegetables (different colors) in order to reap the many health benefits.
- Author: Hannah Lee
Ayer Elementary's entrance was upgraded in August with an herb and flower garden, just in time for the new school year. Students and parents joined the UC CalFresh garden team in beautifying the front of the school at the request of Principal Rocha-Salazar. Take a look at the photos below to see the great work UC CalFresh's garden team and some wonderful parents and students did.
Adding fresh soil to new garden barrels
These bright flowers are sure to bring new life to Ayer's entrance!
To ensure the garden would look beautiful year round with minimal work, we chose annual flowers, which grow back year after year
- Author: Christopher Deleon
Community centers provide learning opportunities and resources for local residents. They provide spaces for community members to become more involved in their community, their neighborhoods, and themselves. This summer the UC CalFresh Nutrition Education Program collaborated with the Holistic Cultural & Education Wellness Center to provide nutrition education classes to community members in the area. The Holistic Cultural & Education Wellness Center provides community members with a wide variety of services to encourage a well-balanced lifestyle.
UC CalFresh provides nutrition education classes in both Spanish and English. Participants feel the classes help them make healthier decisions for themselves and their families.
Participants learn the importance of fruits and vegetables, planning meals to save money; and limiting salt, sugar and fat intake.
Participants also learn the importance of physical activity and strength training.
UC CalFresh had a great time collaborating with the center and providing lessons to families!
- Author: Evelyn Morales
UC CalFresh Nutrition Education Program and Fresno Unified Nutrition Center are partnering up again this year to create healthier environments for students. This year's projects were presented to FUSD Kitchen Managers on July 27th during their beginning of the year training.
The OrganWise Guys
Fresno Unified will be rolling out a new project this year that will impact each of its elementary schools: The OrganWise Guys. Nath Say, UC CalFresh Program Supervisor, presented information on The Organ Wise Guys to Fresno Unified staff, detailing key messages and resources schools can use. UC CalFresh educators will be encouraging teachers who want to further their students' nutrition education to check out their school's OrganWise Guys Doll Kit.
Check out our other OrganWise Guys blog post!
Smarter Lunchrooms Kick Off for Elementary Schools
This year, UC CalFresh and Fresno Unified will be working together to implement the Smarter Lunchrooms Movement in 22 elementary schools. UC CalFresh's main focus will be to assist with new visuals, such as posters and menu boards, which will enhance the lunchroom environment and encourage students to choose and consume healthier foods. UC CalFresh Educators will also serve as resources for schools who want to build a healthier lunchroom and school environment.
Check out our other Smarter Lunchrooms Movement blog posts!
Stay tuned to see our progress throughout the year!/h3>/h2>/span>/h2>
- Author: Austin Cantrell
- Editor: Emily Harris
If you don't enjoy long sessions of cardio exercise, high intensity interval training (HIIT) may be your best option. By increasing the intensity, you can cut your workouts shorter and still see the same benefits. HIIT can also help you burn fat quicker. The Tabata method of HIIT consists of engaging in an exercise at maximum effort for 20 seconds, then resting for 10 seconds. You can repeat the process until you reach your daily goal of minutes of exercise. Try the Tabata workout routine below!
UCCE Tabata Workout:
* Do each exercise for 20 seconds at maximum effort, then rest for 10 seconds. Repeat the sets for each exercise 8 times, then move on to the next exercise in the sequence. Total workout time= 24 minutes.
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