UC Calfresh Kings County engages students, teachers, and parents to make healthful choices
What Has ANR Done?The UC CalFresh Nutrition Education Program and the Hanford Elementary School District READY Program have been collaborating for over four years. Nutrition education has been an important component of the program for students, teachers, and parents. During FY2017, nutrition educators mentored student tutors and provided technical assistance for teachers to teach nutrition and physical activity lessons, including, a “Yummy Curriculum-Serving Up MyPlate”, “Eat Fit”, “Choose Health, Food, Fun and Fitness”, and “CATCH”. After school tutors created a Chef’s Club where students make a healthy meal or snack and do taste tests. As part of the collaboration, the district office schedule after school visits for the entire school year. Each class participates in nutrition classes with the UC team twice a year, and students have come to recognize the UC CalFresh nutrition educators, referring to them as “healthy ladies" and "nutrition ladies.” Additionally, nutrition educators engaged youth to create murals and nutrition corners and implemented series-based nutrition classes and mini-workshops for parents. During the remainder of the year, the tutors continued nutrition lessons using evidence-based curricula.
UC CalFresh in Kings County reached 818 students, 9 school sites, and 113 teachersApproximately, 818 students are enrolled and reached through the READY After School program in partnership with the UC CalFresh nutrition program. Nine school sites have adopted the tutoring model and Smarter Lunchrooms Movement. One hundred thirteen teachers are enrolled to implement nutrition lessons in the classroom. Teachers at one site have aligned nutrition lessons with common core standards for English Language Arts and Health Education. The READY After School Program and its partners have received recognition for nutrition education efforts by the California Department of Education. The effective partnership and program have also led to changes to the School Wellness Policy in the school district to improve healthy eating.