- Author: Sandra Ortega
- Contributor: Yolanda Lopez
The UC CalFresh Nutrition Education Program offers a hands on nutrition education class series called Plan, Shop, Save, and Cook. This 5-part series teaches participants how to maximize their food dollars, plan meals, save time, save money, create menus, read nutrition fact labels and so much more!
The parents of Roosevelt High School students learned how to plan, shop, save and cook using simple strategies. Check it out:
These series graduates became experts in planning healthy meals and snacks for 5 days!
For more information on adult nutrition classes, please contact Sandra Ortega at (559) 241-7514.
- Author: Emily Harris
- Contributor: Shawna Rogers
Kindergarten students at Birney Elementary had a lot of fun learning about grains with their nutrition educator, Mrs. Rogers!
Mrs. Rogers brought along a model of a whole grain to show the students that all three parts (the brain, germ, and endosperm) provide us with the fiber, vitamins and minerals, and energy that we need, as Mrs. Rogers says it, "to last us the whole day long."
To check the students' understanding, Mrs. Rogers brought examples of rice, pasta, tortillas, and bread of all different kinds. As she held each one up the students had to give a "thumbs up" if it was a whole grain, or a "thumbs down" if it was a refined grain. All of the students expressed their love of popcorn, and were excited when they found out that it was a grain.
Every student got involved when Mrs. Rogers did the grains song, which got their bodies moving and their hearts pumping. Since grains give us energy, she thought she would have them use a little bit of it while she was there!
- Author: Nath Say
Step exercise is an excellent way to get the heart pumping while strengthening the leg muscles!
Providing steppers for 60 students may be a little pricey for teachers, but who needs steppers when your school has concrete planter boxes? Two teachers at Rowell Elementary improvised with what was available when it comes to stepping. Mrs. Mares and Mrs. Thao's 4th grade students made the most out of these four sided planters as each student was assigned a section to step on. The teachers led the classes by counting and stepping together.
Stepping is just one of the many ways the teachers incorporate physical activity throughout the day. The students also enjoy dance routines lead by Mrs. Mares.
Keep on stepping, Mrs. Mares and Mrs. Thao's class!
- Author: Brittanny N. Zweigle
What does that mean – a healthy lifestyle... and how are we supposed to bite into it? How does one choose to be healthy? Biting into a healthy lifestyle doesn't have to be as hard as it sounds. Making healthy lifestyle changes should be easy and positive. Just making small adjustments or additions to your diet and lifestyle will help you become healthier overall.
Here are five tips to help you bite into your healthy lifestyle:
Eat breakfast – taking a bite into breakfast is one of the easiest ways to improve your health. Aim for 3 of the 5 food groups. Try a bowl of oatmeal topped with nuts and dried fruit, and enjoy it with low-fat milk. Or indulge in a spinach quesadilla made with a whole wheat tortilla, low-fat cheese and spinach! Need something quick? Toast a whole wheat waffle or English muffin, add peanut butter, and run out the door with a piece of fruit.
Make half your plate fruits and vegetables – try to add 2 servings of fruit and 2 ½ servings of vegetables into your diet every day. Add them in as a part of a healthy snack. Try combination snacks like carrots, or celery with hummus or peanut butter. Enjoy low-fat yogurt or cheese with a piece of fruit, or mixed nuts with some fruits or veggies.
Watch Portion Sizes – do you know how much you are actually eating? Get out the measuring cup and see how close your portions are to the recommended serving size. Most of us eat a lot more than we think we do. Try using a salad plate instead of a dinner plate; you'll naturally eat less, because the plate is smaller.
Be active – Children and teens need 60 minutes of physical activity a day, adults should aim for 30 minutes to help maintain a healthy lifestyle. You don't need do it all once! Either go for a walk on your break, take the stairs, or park further away to sneak in extra steps. After dinner have the family go for a walk or ride your bikes together. It's easy to rack up the minutes when you're having fun.
Drink more water – One of the easiest healthy lifestyle changes is to drink water instead of sugary beverages. Cutting the sugar sweetened drinks can be hard. Start by choosing a bottle of water instead of a soda, and naturally decreasing from there. Let thirst be your guide.
For more ways on how you can bite into a healthy lifestyle, visit http://www.nationalnutritionmonth.org/nnm/. Enjoy their resources and other tips on how to keep you and your family healthy!
Guess what? Our fantastic teachers have been sharing nutrition and physical activity education for years! Today's #FlashbackFriday takes us to Ayer Elementary.
Terri Lee, 2nd grade teacher at Ayer Elementary, spent a whole month teaching her 2012-2013 class about food groups, and the foods that go in them.
Her efforts to teach MyPlate really showed when I would teach their monthly lesson demonstrations. The students knew a wide variety of foods and their appropriate food groups. Here is the project that they did:
I can not wait to see what Ms. Lee does this year!!!