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Team Calif. for Healthy Kids: Nutrition Resources

Team California for Healthy Kids nutrition information, including fresh foods and drinking water.

Team California for Healthy Kids Campaign

The State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson has initiated the Team California for Healthy Kids campaign to promote good eating habits and physical activity throughout the day, every day, in schools, before and after school program, early childhood programs and communities. The campaign is focused on making healthy choices the easy choices. The three goals of the campaign are to increase fresh foods, especially fruits and vegetables and salad bars, increase access to fresh drinking water, and increase moderate to vigorous physical activity. For more information on the campaign, visit the Team California for Healthy Kids Web page.

Why Nutrition?

Research has established that good nutrition combined with nutrition education, and regular physical activity, contributes to positive health outcomes such as preventing obesity and reducing chronic health conditions such as diabetes, coronary heart disease, and hypertension. Nutrition has also been linked to improved educational outcomes such as attentiveness, attendance, concentration, and academic performance.

Make it Happen!

It takes everyone in our children's lives to promote healthy lifestyles. Whether a student, teacher, administrator, parent, or local advocate, all have a role in making health and nutrition a part of a sound education and a healthy life. For ideas on how to make it happen in your community, please read the following fact sheets related to the campaign.

Nutrition

The California Department of Education (CDE), Nutrition Services Division provides leadership on and support of nutrition services to enhance the health, well-being, development, and educational potential of California’s children, adults, and families. See below for resources that support the nutrition related aspects of the Team California for Healthy Kids campaign.

Fresh Foods, Particularly Fresh Fruits and Vegetables and Salad Bars

Resources For Schools

Let’s Move Salad Bars to Schools [http://saladbars2schools.org/] External link opens in new window or tab.

How To Set Up a Salad Bar [http://www.calsna.org/documents/SaladBarDev.pdf] External link opens in new window or tab. (PDF)

Promoting Fruits and Vegetables [http://www.healthyschoolenvironment.org/training-resources/promoting-fruits-and-vegetables] External link opens in new window or tab.

Cooking and Serving Fruits and Vegetables [http://www.healthyschoolenvironment.org/training-resources/cooking-and-serving] External link opens in new window or tab.

USDA Farmers Market Search [http://search.ams.usda.gov/farmersmarkets/] External link opens in new window or tab.

Farm to School [http://www.farmtoschool.org/] External link opens in new window or tab.

Harvest of the Month [http://www.harvestofthemonth.com/] External link opens in new window or tab.

Agriculture in the Classroom [http://www.agclassroom.org/] External link opens in new window or tab.

Riverside Unified School District Farmers' Market Salad Bar Program [http://www.center-trt.org/downloads/obesity_prevention/interventions/rusd/rusd_Template.pdf External link opens in new window or tab. (PDF)

Resources for After School Programs

California AfterSchool Network [http://afterschoolnetwork.org/] External link opens in new window or tab.

Center for Collaborative Solutions [http://www.ccscenter.org/afterschool/HomePage] External link opens in new window or tab.

Resources for Early Childhood Programs

Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) [http://www.cde.ca.gov/ls/nu/cc/]

5210 Let's Go! Child Care Nutrition and Physical Activity Toolkit [http://www.letsgo.org/toolkits/] External link opens in new window or tab.

USDA Garden-Themed Nutrition Education Kit: Grow It, Try It, Like It! Preschool Fun with Fruits and Vegetables [http://www.fns.usda.gov/tn/Resources/growit.html] External link opens in new window or tab.

Harvest of the Month Educational Resources [http://publichealth.lacounty.gov/nut/LACOLLAB_Files/documents/HOTM/HOTM%20Resources.htm] External link opens in new window or tab.

Healthy & Active Preschoolers [http://www.healthypreschoolers.com] External link opens in new window or tab.

Let’s Move Child Care [http://healthykidshealthyfuture.org/nutrition.html] External link opens in new window or tab.

The National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) Obesity Prevention in Young Children [http://www.naeyc.org/childhood_obesity_prevention_resources] External link opens in new window or tab.

 

Access to Free Drinking Water

Water in Schools Toolkit [http://www.waterinschools.org] External link opens in new window or tab.

Drinking Water for Students in Schools [http://www.cde.ca.gov/ls/nu/he/water.asp]

National Policy and Legal Analysis Network to Prevent Childhood Obesity: Water Access in Schools: Model Wellness Policy Language [http://www.nplanonline.org/childhood-obesity/products/water-access] External link opens in new window or tab.

Project LEAN video clips on increasing consumption of healthy beverages [http://www.californiaprojectlean.org/doc.asp?id=252#video] External link opens in new window or tab.

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Other Helpful Resources

Information from the California Department of Education, Nutrition Services Division about improving nutrition and establishing healthy eating habits in school, child care, adult, and after school settings.

Healthy Eating & Nutrition Education [http://www.cde.ca.gov/ls/nu/he/]

Shaping Health as a Partner in Education [http://www.cde.ca.gov/ls/nu/he/shape.asp]

Resources for Local School Wellness Policies

Child Nutrition Reauthorization 2010 (Healthy Hunger Free Kids Act) : Local School Wellness Policies [http://www.fns.usda.gov/tn/healthy/wellnesspolicy.html] External link opens in new window or tab.

CDC School Health Guidelines to Promote Healthy Eating and Physical Activity [http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/rr6005a1.htm?s_cid=rr6005a1_w] External link opens in new window or tab.

School Wellness Policy Resources to Support Fresh Fruits and Vegetables [http://www.healthyschoolenvironment.org/training-resources/wellness-policies] External link opens in new window or tab.

Guidance on Local School Wellness Policy [http://www.banpac.org/policy_priorities.htm] External link opens in new window or tab.

Promoting Wellness Policy Implementation and Connecting the Classroom, Cafeteria, and Community [https://docs.google.com/leaf?id=0BwsZT9CTipHPYzQzYjM5MzEtNDgyNC00YWJmLTkyYmEtOTA1NGI5YzkyZmQw&hl=en_US] External link opens in new window or tab. (PPT)

Guidance for Local School Wellness Policy in After School Program [http://www.afterschoolalliance.org/policyActiveHoursObesity.cfm] External link opens in new window or tab.

Guidance for Parents on Implementing Local School Wellness Policies [http://changelabsolutions.org/publications/enforce-wellness-policy] External link opens in new window or tab.

Tool for Assessing Local School Wellness Policies [http://wellsat.org/] External link opens in new window or tab.

General Local School Wellness Policy Resources [http://www.healthyschoolenvironment.org/training-resources/wellness-policies] External link opens in new window or tab.

Resources for Standards-Based Nutrition Education

Nutrition Education Resource Guide [http://www.cde.ca.gov/ls/nu/he/nerg.asp]

Gardening Enhanced Nutrition Education [http://www.healthyschoolenvironment.org/training-resources/nutrition-education] External link opens in new window or tab.

California Preschool Learning Foundations: Volume 2-Health Foundations [http://www.cde.ca.gov/sp/cd/re/documents/psfoundationsvol2.pdf] (PDF)

California Preschool Curriculum Foundations: Volume 2-Health [http://www.cde.ca.gov/sp/cd/re/documents/psframeworkvol2.pdf] (PDF; 10MB)

Resources for Healthy Fundraisers

Ideas for Healthy Fundraising Alternatives for Schools [http://www.californiaprojectlean.org/docuserfiles/Ideas for healthy fundraising fact sheet.pdf] External link opens in new window or tab. (PDF)

Let’s Party Healthy Celebrations Guide [http://wvde.state.wv.us/nutrition/news.html?news_id=35] External link opens in new window or tab.

School Nutrition Association Guidelines for Healthy Fundraisers [http://www.schoolnutrition.org/Content.aspx?id=2168] External link opens in new window or tab.

Alternatives to Food Rewards [http://www.capta.org/sections/communication/downloads/communicator-2006-10/Health-AlternativestoFood.pdf] External link opens in new window or tab. (PDF)

Resources from Partners

California School Nutrition Association [http://www.calsna.org/] External link opens in new window or tab.

Action for Healthy Kids [http://www.actionforhealthykids.org/] External link opens in new window or tab.

California Parents and Teachers Association Health Commission [http://www.capta.org/sections/programs/health.cfm] External link opens in new window or tab.

California Project LEAN [http://www.californiaprojectlean.org/] External link opens in new window or tab.

California School Board Association [http://www.csba.org/] External link opens in new window or tab.

Dairy Council of California [http://www.dairycouncilofca.org/Default.aspx] External link opens in new window or tab.

California Food Policy Advocates [http://cfpa.net/] External link opens in new window or tab.

California Women, Infants and Children’s Program [http://www.cdph.ca.gov/programs/wicworks/Pages/default.aspx] External link opens in new window or tab.

California Healthy Kids Resource Center [http://www.acoe.org/acoe/Home/RegionalPrograms/HealthyKids] External link opens in new window or tab.

USDA Team Nutrition [http://www.fns.usda.gov/tn/] External link opens in new window or tab.

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