During my recent visit to the Children's Corner preschool in Firebaugh I received a surprise!!! They were working on their new garden! According to Christy Trujillo, they received funding through a garden grant from Fresno City College. They were one of the five sites chosen. I am so proud of them!
"It has been a great experience for the children and teachers", says Christy.
The children and teachers are growing pumpkins, watermelons, strawberries, carrots, sweet peppers and tomatoes. Soon Children's Corner students will be tasting fresh and delicious vegetables and fruits.
What plant part is your favorite? Let us know in the comments below.
- Author: Maira Enriquez
May 2, 2015-Champions for Change & Fresno Community Market hosted their annual Fruit and Veggie Fest in downtown Fresno. They put together healthy food demonstrations, free health screenings, fun activities for kids, raffle prizes and a ribbon cutting of the smarter snacking station at a local retail store. This is an annual event that occurs throughout the entire state through the department of Public Health.
This year UC Cooperative Extension of Fresno partnered and helped distribute a coloring contest through Lowell Elementary. Nutrition Program Coordinator, Maira Enriquez, distributed coloring contest fliers and had over 80 student participants. Five winners were chosen from each grade level, ranging from preschool to fifth grade.
Partnerships such as this support healthier communities in Fresno County!
- Author: Javier Miramontes
- Editor: Emily Harris
Third graders from around Fresno County are invited to the Fresno fairgrounds for Farm and Nutrition Day in April of each year to learn about the local agriculture community. They get to learn about topics including how cows are milked, how a tractor operates and what foods are grown in Fresno County.
At Farm and Nutrition Day, the UC CalFresh team put on a nutrition play incorporating the concepts of “Sometimes” foods and “Anytime” foods. What are “Sometimes” and “Anytime” Foods?
“Anytime” foods are the healthy foods we find on MyPlate such as carrots, string cheese, whole grain crackers, and strawberries.
“Sometimes” foods are the foods we want to limit in our diets because they contain too much fat, sodium or sugar. Some examples include soda, candy and chips.
In our play, the character Anytime Andy loves eating healthy foods and playing with his friends. His friend Sometimes Sal likes to bring cookies, candy, and chips for lunch but never has energy to play during recess. Throughout the play Anytime Andy helps to teach Sometimes Sal that instead of eating “sometimes” foods he should bring more “anytime” foods to give him energy throughout the day.
By the end of the play students learn the difference between “Anytime” and “Sometimes” foods and the importance of making healthy choices.
- Author: Erika Paggett
What do you get when you add 3 colors to a delicious 4th of July snack?
…a festive 7 layer bean dip!!!
Most traditional 7-layer bean dips call for whole-fat refried beans, sour cream, cheese and store-bought taco seasoning. This delicious classic with a festive 4th of July twist from Kitchen Fun With My 3 Sons can be made healthier with a few simple swaps. Give these alternatives a try to reduce added fat and sodium:
Refried Beans ---->
Fat-free refried beans
Sour Cream ----->
cheese (shredded at home)
Taco Seasoning ->
1 can – Fat-free refried beans
8 tsp. – Taco seasoning
18 oz – Non-fat, plain Greek-style yogurt
2 cups – Reduced-fat cheese, shredded
1 Bag – Shredded lettuce
3.8 oz can – Sliced black olives
1 Jar – Salsa
1 Large – Tomato (chopped)
Blue Corn Tortilla Chips (crushed)
(Optional) 1 Slice – White cheese (provolone, Havarti, cheddar, or other)
Layer 1 – Combine refried beans with the taco seasoning & spread in a 9x13 glass pan
Layer 2 – Top with Jar of Salsa
Layer 3 – Add sliced olives
Layer 4 – Sprinkle shredded lettuce on top of sliced olives
Layer 5 – Add Shredded cheese
Layer 6 – Make a square using non-fat Greek-style yogurt in the upper left corner then sprinkle crushed blue corn tortilla chips
Layer 7 – (Spoon yogurt into small plastic bag or pastry piping bag and cut off tip) Alternate adding a row of chopped tomatoes with a row of non-fat Greek-style yogurt to finish off your dip...then ENJOY!
***Optional - Cut out small circles from a slice of white cheese and place circles on top of the crushed blue corn tortilla chips. You can use a pastry icing tip or any other kitchen tool you have that makes small circles.
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- Author: Consuelo Cid
Summer is here, and Central Valley summers are hot!
To maintain health we need to eat well-balanced meals and remain active. However, you may find this warm weather poses an obstacle or extra challenge in meeting your physical activity goals.
How much physical activity do I or my children need?
- Adults need to be moderately active for 30 minutes on 5 or more days a week.
- Children need to be active for 60 minutes each day.
- Be active during the coolest time of day: morning or mid-morning.
- Wear light colored clothing.
- Stay cool with water activities! Try swimming, running through sprinklers, or waterslides. To locate a public pool click here.
- Try indoor activities during bad air days or days that are too hot.
- Yoga is a great indoor workout for the entire family, all you need is a slip-free surface or mat. Try the Standing Carrot Stick or the Super Zucchini from the Shape of Yoga. For additional yoga poses click here.
- Dance and rock out in the comfort of your own home.
- Be creative and come up with activities that includes the entire family.
- Take a cool walk at your local mall.
- Locate a community center or park near you that offers recreational activities during the summer. To find a community or park near you, visit our Nutrition and Physical Activity Resources Directory.
Summer safety is important! Stay safe during the summer by following these simple tips:
- Remember to drink water before, during, and after being active.
- Take frequent breaks.
- Wear sunscreen.
- Be active for shorter periods of time during hot days to avoid heat exhaustion.
- If you feel nausea or vomiting, dizziness, muscle cramps, or headache stop your activity and cool down.
Get moving, have fun, and stay safe with your summer activities!