- Author: Alisha Byrd
It's lunch time at Barbin's Little Tykes Daycare Center!
Kids often don't know what's best for their health, and would rather snack on 'sometimes' food than the nutritious foods you know they need. At Barbin's daycare center they understand that changes will not happen immediately, and know consistency is key in getting your little one to make the switch to healthier options. The UC CalFresh Nutrition Education Program supports teachers' efforts to encourage healthy choices during meal time.
For tips on feeding young children, please click here.
- Author: Erika Paggett
Walking to school can be a great way to incorporate exercise into your day. You can walk daily, one day per week or a few days each month. Even for students that live farther away from their schools, there are still ways to safely walk to school like; forming a "walking school bus" or meeting at a designated walking spot (with parental supervision) and walking to school from there as a group.
A walking school bus can be formed by walking from house to house to “pick up students” along the way to school – just like a real school bus does. Parents can take turns leading the bus and supervising the students. Another option, the “designated walking spot” can work when students live too far from school to walk the entire way. Parents can drop children off at the designated walking spot and 1 or 2 parents can walk the students to school from there. Parents can also alternate responsibilities with this option.
Whatever method works best for you, remember to always be safe! For additional information and tips on safety click here.
Do you already walk to school, or will you plan to incorporate walking to school into your routine this school year? If so, please leave a comment below.
- Author: Shawna Rogers
Last year the UC Master Gardeners and UC CalFresh hosted "Spring Into Health" at the Garden of the Sun, an event where 4th grade students from Yokomi Elementary came to the Garden to experience interactive displays with mini lessons all about nutrition. Phoebe Copp, with the Dairy Council of California, participated in this event, teaching the students all about the importance of milk and building strong bones. The students enjoyed the lesson, especially being able to put on a fake milk mustache and take pictures!
Our next Spring into Health Event is scheduled in March 2015. We can't wait!
- Author: Nath Say
UC CalFresh offers monthly tastings for our teachers and students. During this time, students are given the opportunity to try a food that they have never tasted before.
Why not add additional learning opportunities into your next Tasting Time?!
Ms. Alcala and Mrs. Lopez's class took their tastings to the next level by incorporating writing and math skills.
Tell us how you incorporate math and writing skills into your classroom's tastings in the comments below.
- Author: Alisha Byrd
Watching plants grow is fun and educational experience for children. Their enormous curiosity and excitement over anything new makes them naturals for gardening. Growing plant seeds with kids teaches them how nature works, responsibility in caring for something, and pride in themselves for the results.
Learn more about gardening in the classroom here.