- Author: DeAnna Molinar
While the idea of Food Day has been around since 1975, the campaign to raise awareness and inspire Americans to change their diets and food policies, was not revived until 2011. Since 2011, Food Day has been celebrated annually and continues to provide awareness and focus on topics that are important to sustaining and changing the way Americans eat.
This year Food Day will have a special focus on food access and justice for food and farm workers. While the focus of Food Day may change annually, its priorities do not. In fact, the University of California's visions and the Food Day priorities share many parallels:
- Promote well fed, healthy, secure families
- Teach good food habits and decision making skills
- Well-founded decision on agricultural and environmental issues
- Help farmers to remain competitive
Watch the video below and click here to find out how you can get involved in Food Day.
At the UCCE CalFresh Nutrition Education Program, Food Day is every day as we continue to promote healthier diets. How will you get involved?
- Author: Kristi Noel Schultz-Sharp
We cannot wait to share the great work teachers are doing to grow healthy families!
Sallie Prudhume, preschool teacher at Calwa Elementary, does 15-minutes of daily exercise with her students before class starts. This helps students to focus once the school day begins.
Mrs. Prudhume reports that she highly encourages parents to participate with their children, and even offers bottled water. She is hoping that as the year goes on more parents will participate and make exercise a daily habit!
Keep up the great work Sallie!
- Author: Javier Miramontes
- Contributor: Nath Say
- Contributor: Tacu Vang
We just can't share enough about the wonderful opportunity we had to collaborate with Parks and Recreation at the Healthy Lifestyle Fitness Camp! If you missed the last week's post, check it out here.
The goal of the summer camp was to “provide a fun-filled summer fitness program that promotes weight loss, building a positive self-image and embracing a healthy lifestyle.”
And boy did we meet that goal!!
Check it out:
- Author: Nathaly Juarez
As the holidays approach it can be easy to forget healthy eating habits.
Thankfully, we have a few healthy snack ideas you can make in the month of October. Try them out at home, or bring them for your child's classroom parties. It's all about creativity!!
Banana Ghosts and Clementine Pumpkins All you need are bananas, chocolate chips, clementines and celery.
We can't wait to see your creative ideas!
- Author: Kaili Acosta
Along with eating a balanced diet that includes the five food groups (grains, protein, fruits, vegetables, and dairy), it is equally as important to fit some physical activity into your day. Children need 1 hour a day at least 5 days of the week, while adults need 30 minutes of physical activity for at least 5 days of the week.
Physical activity can be anything from playing sports, walking, running, swimming, to vacuuming, using a push lawn mover, and picking up leaves, etc.
Resistance bands are a fun and new twist to put in your workout routine. The 7 following exercises can be done in or outside and should be done at your own pace.
How to do each exercise:
Skiers : Hold band between both feet, shoulder-width apart and hold the ends of the band in hands. Slightly bend at the knees and and lean forward. Pull both arms back so that the elbow comes to a 90 degree angle and hold for a second. Slowly return arms to starting position.
Squats: Hold band between both feet, shoulder-width apart and hold ends of the band in hands. Keep a straight back and squat down to a sitting position, hold for a second and slowly return to beginning position.
Tricep Curls: Hold band between both feet, shoulder-width apart and hold ends of the band in hands. Face your wrist up and slowly pull them towards your chest and hold for a second. Slowly return them to starting position.
Push-ups: Place the band across your back at your shoulder blade level and secure band in each hand. Place arms shoulder-width apart on the ground and your feet together with straight legs. Bend arms so that they form a 90 degree angle, hold for a second and then push up to starting position. A modification to this is to bend your knees and have them rest on the floor rather than your feet.
Calf Raises: Hold band between both feet closer towards your toes, shoulder-width apart and hold the ends of the band in each hand. Lift the heels of your feet up so that you stand on the tips of your toes. Hold for a second and slowly return to starting position.
Modified Sit-Ups: Sit on the floor and place band under both feet shoulder-width apart and bend your knees. Hold band with each hand and slowly recline your back to the floor. Slowly sit back up to starting position.
Leg Extensions: Sit on a chair and place the band behind one foot and hold band between both hands, placed just about stomach height. Slowly extend leg forward until straight. Hold for a second and then return to starting position.