SNAP-Ed partners in Fresno County convened on January 9th to share successes, best practices, and upcoming plans. From lesson demonstrations to sharing community impacts, the gathering provided a forum for all to learn more about the collective work being done to impact the health of Fresno County residents.
SNAP-Ed Partners include: the Fresno County Department of Public Health, the California Health Collaborative, the Community Food Bank, Central California Regional Obesity Prevention Program, Fresno County Office of Education, and UC CalFresh.
Working together, we are impacting nutrition and physical activity behaviors at the individual, community and systems level. We had a great time kicking off the new year with our partners and look forward to all that will be accomplished in 2015!
- Author: Shawna Rogers
Students at VASA Elementary learn the value of self grown herbs and vegetables! Pictured below fourth graders are planting lavender.
- Author: Consuelo Cid
The decision to make a healthy food choices lies in knowledge; specifically, the knowledge of what is in the food consumed, and how it can benefit or harm the body.
Students in Mrs. Gamez's fourth grade class at Huron Elementary recently gained knowledge about the foods they eat. Students brought food items from home and then critiqued them. Students learned how to read the nutrition facts label, and based their critique on the information found on the label.
We are excited for all the healthy changes at Huron Elementary!
Great job Mrs. Gamez's 4th grade class, keep up the great work!
- Author: Shelby MacNab
Thanks to the great folks at Fresno Unified School District, we're able to share a few 'behind the scenes' photos from the recent visit with USDA Undersecretary Kevin Concannon. Read more about that visit here.
Students taking part in a school meal roundtable at Computech Middle School with (Left to right) Michael Hanson, Superintendent; Andrew Scherrer, Computech Principal; and Kevin Concannon, Undersecretary of the USDA.
(Left to right) Jeremy Ward, Principal, Duncan Polytech; Jesus Mendoza, USDA Regional Administrator, Western Region; Cal Johnson, Board President; Michael Hanson, Superintendent; Kevin Concannon, Undersecretary of the USDA; Shelby MacNab, UC CalFresh Supervisor; Jose Alvarado, Food Services Director; Lynnette Brewer, UC CalFresh Supervisor; Andrew Scherrer, Computech Principal; and Karin Temple, Assistant Superintendent, Operational Services.
Jesus Mendoza and Jose Alvarado discuss the efforts Fresno Unified is making to provide healthy meals to all students thanks to the Community Eligibility provision (CEP). The CEP allows the district to feed all students for no-cost, regardless of income.
After spending the morning at Computech Middle School, Undersecretary Concannon was welcomed to the FUSD Nutrition Center.
(left to right) Food Service Director, Jose Alvarado, and USDA Undersecretary, Kevin Concannon, take a look at the Nutrition Corner, which features nutrition education and wellness efforts taking place in Fresno Unified School District. UC CalFresh spotlights the great work being done with the district here, including Smarter Lunchrooms efforts.
Jose Alvarado leads the group on a tour of the FUSD Nutrition Center.
The whole wheat rolls were a fan favorite! Undersecretary Concannon was excited to try one, and gave a thumbs up!
Thanks for taking a look behind the scenes! UC CalFresh enjoyed participating in the visit and are thrilled that the district can now feed all students, regardless of income.
- Author: Brittanny N. Zweigle
At the University of California Cooperative Extension, we are proud to partner with the dietitians of tomorrow!
Since August we have worked with 5 dietetic interns from California State University, Fresno. I have had the pleasure of taking them to school sites, and showing them a typical day in the life of a Community Education Specialist working in community nutrition.
We look forward to working with additional Fresno State dietetic interns in January! To learn more about the Fresno State Dietetics Program, Click here.
If you'd like to gain experience in community nutrition by volunteering with UC CalFresh, apply to participate in our Master Education Extender Team by clicking here.