- Author: Angelica Perez
Madera Unified School District is in the second year of the Carol M. White Physical Education Program Grant, and continues to provide quality physical education in all schools. Some of the major goals of this grant are to help students in improving physical fitness and encouraging healthy eating habits. Other items include also providing the physical education teachers with more approaches to teach physical education and nutrition. The wellness committee is heavily involved in the promotion of student health. Several agencies who focus on community nutrition education joined forces to help meet the grant's goals. UC CalFresh, Dairy Council of California and the Local Public Health Department partner and provide nutrition education resources to MUSD physical education teachers. Together these agencies collaborate to provide trainings, such as basic nutrition, curriculum implementation and will continue to support teachers throughout the year.
Presenters: Phoebe Copp, Dairy Council of California (left) and Angelica Perez, UC CalFresh Nutrition Education Program (right) providing one of the first nutrition trainings to Madera Unified Physical Education Teachers.
UC CalFresh is taking part by providing nutrition resources for 6th-grade students and has begun training sessions with their physical education teachers using the Eat Fit Curriculum. The curriculum will allow the students to create goals intended to help in the improvement of eating and fitness lifestyle choices. Aligning goals with our partners is key for success. The students will reap the benefits of the Madera Unified School District (MUSD) Wellness Committee.
- Author: Emily Harris
- Contributor: Angelica Perez
Nutrition Educator Angelica Perez had the pleasure of providing a curricula training for the Madera County Department of Public Health (MCDPH). In this training she discussed the purpose of the Eat Fit and Nutrition to Grow On curricula and she reviewed how to implement the lessons with the intended audience, 4th-6th grade students. The training covered all lessons in both curricula, including the materials and posters that are used as visuals for the lessons by the UC CalFresh team in the classroom. This allowed the MCDPH staff to determine which activities would be most successful when they implement the curricula with the 4th-6th grade students they will be working with at 4-6 school sites this year.
Nutrition Educator Angelica Perez discusses the lesson the UC CalFresh team calls,
"Food Label Shuffle"
The MCDPH staff learn about plant parts while getting some physical activity too!/span>