- Author: Austin Cantrell
UC CalFresh had the opportunity to partner with the Teaching Fellows Foundation and provide their after school program staff in Madera with a 2-hour training in the CATCH curriculum. 24 leads were trained with a potential reach of over 2,000 students. This training provided an overview of CATCH and the activity box, how it is implemented, and class management techniques. Trainees also participated in several fun CATCH games. They were able to bust out their dance moves during the Aerobic Rhythms game, practice their throwing skills using a bean bag during the Frogs on the Lilly Pad game, and chase each others' tails using a scarf during the Dragon's Tail game.
Teaching Fellows staff eager to learn about CATCH.
CalFresh Coordinator Angelica Perez explains the UC CalFresh Nutrition Education Program.
CalFresh Coordinator Austin Cantrell explains the contents of the CATCH activity box.
CalFresh Educator Mishelle Petit and Coordinator Carissa Villanueva explain the Dragon's Tail game to trainees.
CalFresh Educator Chris Deleon explains the Frogs on the Lilly Pad game.
CalFresh Coordinator Nora Lopez explains the Aerobic Rhythms game.
Teaching Fellows staff in the groove.
- Author: Austin Cantrell
- Editor: Emily Harris
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It can often be difficult to work exercise into our busy lives. There are many difficulties we must overcome to meet the two hours and 30 minutes a week, or 30 minutes a day for five days a week, of moderate aerobic physical activity as recommended by the Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans, not to mention the strength or resistance training we need to work in two times a week, and flexibility exercises two to three times a week. Perhaps the most common barrier that's hard to tackle is lack of time. In order to implement an exercise routine into our lives, many of us will need to plan out our day and see where we can fit exercise into our schedule.
Not only does scheduling and planning our exercise help us find the time, it also helps us create a better structured and more concise work out program and makes us more likely to adhere to a well thought out plan, as opposed to exercising on an impromptu basis. By having a plan, you will likely hold yourself accountable because you set aside that time for your exercise. One important thing to remember is that our exercise doesn't have to take place all at one time. If you exercise for 10 minutes three times throughout your day, you will have met your 30 minute requirement for the day.
So, if we exercise for 10 minutes before we go to work, take a 10 minute walking break while at work and exercise for 10 minutes after work, we will meet our recommended amount of physical activity for the day. We can also save time by engaging in vigorous physical activity, which is only required for 75 minutes a week, or 15 minutes a day, 5 days a week. Examples of moderate activity would be light exercises like walking or gardening, while vigorous physical activity would be running, sprinting or swimming. Typically, you will be able to hold a conversation during moderate activity, but will be unable to sing. During vigorous activity, you will not be able to have a conversation without considerable shortness of breath or pausing.
If you find that you are not motivated to be physically active, find activities that you enjoy and count it towards your daily physical activity time. Spend time with your children playing outdoors or playing sports. Seek social support by joining walking clubs or recreational sports leagues. If you still find yourself short on time or unable to overcome barriers, visit the Center for Disease Control website to see more suggestions for overcoming physical activity barriers.
- Author: Evelyn Morales
- Editor: Emily Harris
This month, Pete traveled to Firebaugh, California to visit students at Hazel M. Bailey Primary School and see what healthy habits they've been learning about.
Nutrition Education at Bailey:
Bailey Primary is a school dedicated to the wellness of their students. The school promotes healthy eating by distributing fresh fruits and vegetables for snacks and encouraging teachers to participate in the UC CalFresh Nutrition Education Program.
"The Board recognizes that it is the District's role, as part of the larger community, to model and actively practice through policies and procedures: the promotion of family health, physical activity, good nutrition, sustainable agriculture, and environment restoration." -FLDUSD Wellness Policy
A MyPlate Nutrition Corner is displayed in the Bailey cafeteria to enhance the environment and encourage healthy eating behaviors.
Physical Education at Bailey:
Students at Bailey receive daily physical education from certified physical education teachers who make exercising fun while helping students develop their athletic skills.
Pete was excited to see all the MyPlate colors incorporated into Bailey's recess and P.E. equipment.
Healthy School Events at Bailey:
Bailey encourages all teachers, parents and students to "have opportunities to support, and encourage physical activity on a regular basis"-FLDUSD Wellness Policy. On Thursday, October 13th, 2016, kindergarten students participated in the annual Pumpkin Walk-a-Thon Fundraiser, which took place during the students' allocated P.E time. Parents and friends showed up to support students by donating a dollar amount for every lap walked. Parents also donated water and healthy snacks for students to refuel afterward. Students enjoyed this event and not only walked, but also hopped, skipped, and danced to music played by Bailey's physical education teachers during the event, which ran for 30 minutes.
Students are excited to begin the event as they walk with waters in hand and pumpkin tally sheets on their backs.
Teachers, parents, and students all wait patiently to begin the annual Bailey Pumpkin Walk-a-Thon.
Pete loves to see schools invest in the health and well-being of their students with healthy, fun-spirited events like these.
Keep up the great work Bailey!