Promoting healthy lifestyles for children & families


Northern California Healthy Eating Active Living (NorCal HEAL): Resources

The Northern California Healthy Eating Active Living (NorCal HEAL) website, administered by the Center, lists resources, materials and information for schools, worksites, neighborhoods, and healthcare, as well as links to cross-sector postings and fundraising opportunities.

Nutrition Learning Environments, Actions, & Policies (Nutrition LEAP): Survey

The "Nutrition Learning Environments, Actions, & Policies (Nutrition LEAP)" survey was developed for teachers, food service personnel, curriculum specialists, wellness coordinators and school administrators. It was administered through Survey Monkey and includes questions regarding:

• Nutrition education provided at your school or district

Cafeteria Facilities, Often Overlooked, Yet Key to Student Nutrition and Health

This article discusses findings from three important state-wide studies, "The Linking Education, Activity and Food (LEAF) Program," "The California Fresh Start Program (CFSP)," and "The Evaluation of SB 12 and 965" conducted by the Center in California.

Frequently Asked Questions About Sports Drinks - English, Spanish

Isn’t Gatorade or Powerade the best drink for after practice? Aren’t sports drinks and juice a lot healthier than soda? If professional athletes promote and drink sports drinks, shouldn’t my kids? Parents, coaches, and physical education instructors have often asked about the value of sports drinks. Center researchers answer these and several other frequently asked questions about sports drinks.

Nutrition Education in School Food Service Took Kit - English, Spanish

For most children, school is the largest source of meals eaten outside of the home. School food service offers an ideal setting for experiential learning around food for children and for engaging parents in modeling healthy eating habits at home.

Resources: Governor Schwarzenegger's Summit on the Prevention of Obesity

The Center reviewed and created materials for the 2005 Governor’s Action Summit on Health, Nutrition and Obesity:

Governor’s Summit – Fact Sheets

Obesity: An Overview of the Crisis
The Burden of Poor Nutrition and Physical Inactivity
Diabetes: a preventable and costly disease

Weighing the risks and benefits of BMI reporting in the school setting

Weighing and measuring children can be a large undertaking and the benefits must outweigh the costs. Weighing the risks and benefits of BMI reporting in the school setting offers guidelines for the collection of weights and heights.

Action Schools!

The Action Schools! website describes a program in British Colombia that helps schools with grades K-7 integrate physical activity into the classroom with activity breaks. The full program focuses on nutrition, physical education, and overall health in the school.

Afraid to Eat: Children and Teens in Weight Crises

Frances Berg's book focuses on four major problems: dysfunctional eating, eating disorders, size prejudice, and overweight. Condemning “diets,” she instead proposes a wellness paradigm based on the Canadian “vitality” model, which calls for moderation in eating habits and an active, playful lifestyle.

California Foundation for Agriculture in the Classroom

The California Foundation for Agriculture (CFA) works to increase awareness and understanding of agriculture among California's educators and students, and to develop an appreciation of agriculture by all. CFA in the Classroom works with K–12 teachers and students to enhance education using agricultural examples and by offering the knowledge to make informed choices.