- Author: Jeannette E. Warnert
Congratulations to Placer-Nevada UC Cooperative Extension. The office's Staff Assembly Ambassador, Annette Cosgrove, submitted the winning entry to the Healthy over the Holiday's photo contest.
Cosgrove led the staff and academics at Placer and Nevada UCCE in taking five group walks, two Zumba sessions, a holiday party using reusable utensils and a hallway chair race on a rainy day. The prize is an assortment of California-grown healthy goodies from Circle K Country Store in Fowler.
First runner-up in the contest was a photo collage of members of the Houston Wilson lab at the UC Kearney Agricultural Research and Extension Center. Staff research associate Jessia Maccaro (pictured in the lower left corner of the photo collage) leads staff in a daily yoga practice in the winter to get everyone in the right frame of mind for working together inside the lab.
"Healthy over the Holidays was designed to remind us that wellness should encompass all pieces of our lives from mindfulness practices to dedicating time for meaningful relationships,” said Kaela Plank, chair of the UC ANR Staff Assembly wellness committee. “The feedback we have received from this year's program has been overwhelmingly positive. Our committee is excited to continue to improve this program in order to meet the needs of the ANR community.”
Individual participants took home prizes, while all 168 UC ANR staff who signed up to be Healthy over the Holidays were winners. They received weekly emails with encouragement to eat healthy, get physical activity and take care of their mental health during a time when many people set their health goals aside until the New Year.
Almost half of the participants submitted the completion survey. Of those, 87% reported making one positive change – such as practicing mindfulness, making time for their hobbies, choosing to eat more fruits and vegetables, and getting more sleep. Seventy-four percent of respondents said they enjoyed the holistic approach and 72% enjoyed the newsletter. One office has committed to continuing their weekly walks in 2020.
The individual winners of Healthy over the Holidays were picked randomly from the participants who filled out the completion survey. Javier Miramontes and Keilani Cordero won Fitbits and Elizabeth Gong won a bamboo cutting board.
- Author: Kaela Plank
Thanks to all who participated in Healthy Snack Day 2019! The Wellness committee was very impressed with the level of creativity sites brought to this event.
Many of you enjoyed local fruits and vegetables from your home gardens and even gardens at your sites (shout out to Placer and Nevada Counties, Kearney REC, UCCE Orange County, and South Coast REC).
Other sites used Healthy Snack Day as an opportunity to connect with other departments in their building and to test out recipes for future community nutrition classes. Great ideas!
We were so excited to hear that you all are using this team building opportunity in creative ways and we are thrilled to announce the winners for both the photo and recipe competitions.
We had 13 sites participate in the photo competition and three sites in the recipe competition.
Photo competition winners are as follows:
First place: Kearney REC
Second Place, UCCE Contra Costa
Third Place: UCCE Humboldt-Del Norte
The Recipe Contest winners are as follows:
First place: South Coast REC and UCCE Orange County for their fabulous recipe book.
Find a pdf link to the whole booklet at the end of this article. Here's a sample recipe:
Spicy and crispy garbonzos
1 cup dried garbanzos, soak overnight then cook until tender. Lay on paper towels to dry
Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
Toss the cooked garbanzos with olive oil. Put on a cooksheet in a single layer and bake until brown and crispy in oven.
Toss with a touch more olive oil, thyme, salt and Spanish paprika.
Second place: the Nutrition Policy Institute for their radish cucumber salad recipe.
Radish cucumber salad - Source: Simple Veganista
TIPS FOR THE BEST CUCUMBER RADISH SALAD
Use the freshest ingredients possible. With only a few ingredients in this radish cucumber salad, try to source the best and freshest possible. Use your favorite kind of radishes and cucumbers.
Prepping tips: If your cucumbers and radishes are the wider side cut them into half moon shapes. It makes it a little easier to eat. But if they are thinner side leave them in whole circles if you like. No need to peel the cucumbers, the skin adds fiber and nutrition.
Use as much dill as you like. For myself, the more the merrier – it's such a refreshing herb!
Season well: Use plenty of salt and as much pepper as you like. The radishes are peppery, but once the salad is mixed all together, they aren't as noticeable, so a little extra pepper is nice.
Planning on making your radish and cucumber salad ahead? Keep the cider dressing separate from the salad until ready to serve. The zucchini and radishes will soak up the dressing and start to soften and pickle. It's not a bad thing, but if you prefer a crisp presentation mix the salad with the dressing just before setting on the table. It won't hurt to mix up to 15 minutes ahead of time.
HOW TO MAKE RADISH AND CUCUMBER SALAD
And all that's left is to enjoy as is or chill before eating. Enjoy!
HOW TO STORE LEFTOVERS
Leftovers can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 4 – 5 days in a covered container.
Third place: UCCE San Joaquin for their Fruit Pico de Gallo recipe.
Fruit pico de gallo (Source: CDPH Public Health)
1 cup peeled and chopped fresh mango
Mix together all the fruit in a medium bowl and sprinkle with lime juice and chili powder. Serve immediately.
Congratulations to all six site winners! We hope that the first prize winners enjoy their healthy snack boxes, the second place winners feel refreshed when using their spa water container and recipe book prize and the third place winners use their apple slicers for years to come.
Thanks for participating in Healthy Snack Day 2019. We hope you all had a blast.
If you are interested in seeing all the entries for the competition, check out the the Wellness Committee's webpage.
UCANR Staff Assembly Wellness Committee