- (Strategic Initiative) Healthy Families and Communities
Teacher adopts CalFresh Healthy Living, UCCE Imperial County pilot of online nutrition education to promote healthy living during COVID-19 Shelter-in-Place
Imperial County is located in the rural Sonoran Desert with 181,000 residents. Sixty (60) out of 66 schools qualify for SNAP-Ed services in the County. In the town of El Centro at De Anza Magnet Elementary School, 55% of 5th graders and 47% of 7th graders are overweight (ED-Data, 2018). When the onslaught of the COVID-19 pandemic first surfaced in the County, the 16 School Districts reacted initially by closing school sites to those not enrolled, this includes parent visitors.../h3>/h3>
- Author: William Easlea
- Author: Mary Vollinger
- Author: Andra Nicoli
Collaboration between CalFresh Healthy Living, UCCE San Mateo County and local school increases access to green spaces and empowers youth through a Garden Buddy system.
Woodrow Wilson Elementary school is located in Daly City, San Mateo County, a densely populated urban area near San Francisco. Over 72% of its 371 students qualify for the Free and Reduced Meal Program. The school has had no dedicated green space. There are documented health benefits received from spending time in green spaces, yet a 2019 landscape and urban planning study found inequities in access to urban vegetation in communities that have lower income levels and are more ethnically and racially.../h3>/h3>
Essential services provided by CalFresh Healthy Living, UC delivered over 270 pounds of school garden produce and help farmers markets that accept EBT/CalFresh stay open during the COVID-19 pandemic.
As the COVID-19 pandemic unfolds and shelter at home orders impact every aspect of our daily life from school closures to increased unemployment, uncertain access to food is increasing for many Californians. Food insecurity is defined as having limited or uncertain access to adequate food and is linked to a myriad of/h3>/h3>
A UCCE-led work group promoted the use of EBT/CalFresh and other farmers' market incentives for families to purchase more fruits and vegetables at farmers' markets, resulting in a 30% increase in EBT/CalFresh customers.
Lack of access to fruits and vegetables has been cited as a contributing factor to the obesity epidemic, particularly in low-income communities. Farmers' markets have the potential for increasing equitable access to local fruits and vegetables..../h3>/h3>
- Author: Marcel Horowitz
- Contributor: Anne Iaccopucci
- Contributor: Evelyn Mandujano
- Contributor: Carson Bain
As a result of the UC 4-H Mindful Me classes, 77% of participants agreed that they were better able to manage negative emotions, improving their health and wellness.
The social-emotional health of American youth is of growing concern. The Centers for Disease Control reports that anxiety and depression are on the rise in American children ages 3-17, with an estimated 7.1% and 3.2% of children currently being clinically diagnosed, respectively. There are many postulated factors that may influence these trends including social isolation, too much screen time, a focus on personal desires, hyper-competitive activities, over-scheduling, poor diets, lack of sleep, less time.../h3>/h3>/h3>