Promoting healthy eating and physical activity in childhood, when important lifestyle behaviors are formed, can provide lifelong health benefits for children. The goal of the youth nutrition curricula is to help students make healthy food and exercise choices by developing positive attitudes and behaviors towards food and fitness. The CalFresh Healthy Living, UCCE Placer/Nevada staff teaches two hands-on nutrition lessons, an introductory lesson in the fall, and a fun review in the spring. Teachers receive research-based curriculum, training, and resources to continue the education throughout the school year. Produce tastings are also offered in all participating classrooms.
Physical activity, good nutrition, and quality education go hand-in-hand. Well-nourished children have higher test scores, better school attendance, and fewer classroom behavior problems. Every school year, thousands of children at low-income elementary schools and preschools receive nutrition education in their classrooms.