- Author: Beatriz Adrianna Rojas
Thirteen participants improved nutrition practices after attending Kern EFNEP workshops with Mexican American Opportunity Foundation partner, contributing to UC ANR's public value of sufficient, safe, and healthy food in our communities.
According to County Health Rankings & Roadmap, Kern County has a higher food insecurity rate than the state average at 23.8% versus 18%, respectively. Food insecurity is defined as the disruption of food intake or eating patterns because of lack of money and other resources. In addition to issues of food access, almost 74% of Kern County adults are considered overweight or...
- Author: Beatriz Adrianna Rojas
Thirty-two preschool young children of migrant families increased physical activity after participating in program partnership between CalFresh Healthy Living, UCCE Kern and Las Mariposas Head Start.
According to KidsData, Kern County has a food insecurity rate that is higher than the state average at 23.8% compared to California's overall rate of 18%. Obesity rates are also high. Almost 74% of Kern County adults are either overweight or obese. Further, 2018 data from Department of Education Physical Fitness tests indicated that Kern fifth graders overweight or obese rates were 5% higher than the state average at 44.9%.
Kern County also has a large population of.../h3>/h3>
- Author: Deepa Srivastava, Ph.D.
Adult participants adopted food and financial resource management practices and improved their food security and household financial stability.
The COVID-19 pandemic has increased food insecurity among community's most vulnerable population. Food insecurity is a major public health issue in which low-income individuals are disproportionately affected. While people with limited incomes face many constraints that negatively impact their food resources and access to foods, employing food and financial resource management knowledge and skills may help promote a healthy diet and stretch food budgets, ultimately increasing food security and food resiliency.
- Author: Marcel Horowitz
- Author: Anne Iaccopucci
- Author: Dorina Espinoza
UC 4-H 'Disease Detectives' across California become advocates for health and COVID-19 prevention after learning about epidemiology.
With the emergence of the coronavirus, 4-H in-person meetings had to be canceled, along with schools, sports and other youth development programs. Emerging research shows this gap of in-person socializing, disruption to routines, fear of the virus, and the loss of a sense of personal autonomy has led to an increase in social, emotional and mental health issues for teens. Over half of teens in a/h3>/h3>
- Author: Chutima Ganthavorn
- Editor: Andra Nicoli
- Contributor: Jackie Barahona
Strong partnership between CalFresh Healthy Living, UCCE Riverside County and Desert Sands Unified Early Childhood Education has resulted in preschool children developing healthier habits and healthier school environments.
The Desert Sands Unified (DSUSD) Early Childhood Education (ECE) Program operates nine Head Start/State Preschool sites to serve limited resource families in Coachella Valley. The District's Head Start Needs Assessment indicates that the majority (80%) of 220 parents/guardians.../h3>