Kristen Yasukawa, ACOE Communications, 510-670-7754
Alameda County Office of Education's Project EAT (Educate.Act.Thrive.) celebrates National Nutrition Month in March with multiple events to fight childhood obesity and educate the community on how to make healthy eating choices. Events include "I got caught being healthy!" sticker campaigns and fruit and vegetable character visits at lunchtime; a student-led discussion on Twitter to share and inspire healthy habits among teens; weekend activities for community members and families like the "Garden & Brunch" neighborhood walk and gardening day; and a health and wellness discussion for education, business and community leaders.
This year's Nutrition Month theme, "Eat Right, Your Way, Every Day," encourages people to make healthy choices that fit their lifestyle and tastes. As part of comprehensive health education programs and wellness campaigns, Project EAT's Nutrition Month events showcase healthy food options, fitness activities and wellness tools that can be tailored to fit the diverse needs and interests of the Alameda County community.
"Through fun and engaging activities, Project EAT helps children and community members understand and practice healthy food choices and fitness habits that provide a lifetime of benefits," said L. Karen Monroe, Alameda County Associate Superintendent of Education. Since 2002, Project EAT has provided nutrition programs to more than 27,000 students in 49 K-12 schools with more than 750 participating teachers with funds from the Network for a Healthy California. "Because of [Project EAT], my son has been able to try foods he would have otherwise never tasted before," said DiShawn S. Givens, Hayward Unified School District parent and Bowman Elementary School principal. "Now he asks for specific fruits and vegetables; it's wonderful!"
Project EAT encourages community members to follow Givens' son's lead and make healthy choices during Nutrition Month and beyond. All Nutrition Month events are free and open to the community, and a complete listing is below. For more information, visit the Project EAT Nutrition Month website or contact Project EAT Coordinator Debra Israel at 510-459-3837.
Nutrition Month Events 2013
Let's Walk! A Multi-City Walk for Health
Saturday, March 16, 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
Community-led neighborhood walks will practice healthy living with friends and family. Walks will begin at various locations throughout Hayward, San Lorenzo, San Leandro, Oakland and Livermore. Visit the Nutrition Month website to view the walking group map and find information on how to start a group.
Featured walk: Garden & Brunch, 10:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. - 16276 E. 14th Street, San Leandro
The Deputy Sheriffs' Activities League will host a neighborhood walk, pancake and oatmeal breakfast, and family activities including a gardening art project, planter box activity and raffle. For more information, view the event flyer or contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 510-667-3285.
Healthful Twitter Party
Thursday, March 21, 4:30-6:30 p.m.
The Project EAT Health Alliance high school interns will host a virtual party on Twitter@ProjectEAT to encourage Alameda County teens to talk about health; share photos of healthy foods; ask questions and get answers; swap healthy recipes; and learn tips and facts about staying healthy at school. To join the conversation, use the hashtags #foodfighter and #msobamahelp. During the party, use #projectweatparty.
The Apple Pushers Film & Student Showcase
Saturday, March 23, 1:00-3:30 p.m. - San Leandro Library, 300 Estudillo Avenue
1:00 p.m. - The Apple Pushers Film Screening
Community members are invited to watch The Apple Pushers, a documentary that follows five immigrant pushcart vendors through their efforts to increase the availability of fresh fruits and vegetables in "food deserts" in New York City.
2:30 p.m. - Healthy Community Panel Discussion
A panel of health experts will lead a community discussion on the film and our community's health challenges. Panelists: Vice Mayor Michael Gregory, City of San Leandro; Zalak Trivedi, MS, RD, Alameda County Medical Center; Hank Herrera, Dig Deep Farms; and Carmen West, Health Educator in San Leandro.
3:00 p.m. - Student Photography & Resource Fair
Chavez Middle School students will display their perspectives on health and wellness through photography. Attendees will enjoy the gallery while tasting a recipe featuring fresh, leafy greens and learn about other healthy living activities from local organizations at the resource fair.
Weight of the Nation Film Screening & Panel Discussion for Education, Business and Community Leaders
Tuesday, March 12, 9:00-11:30 a.m. - Hayward City Hall, 777 B Street, Hayward, CA 94541
Alameda County community leaders will discuss the nation's obesity epidemic and explore what actions to take to improve the health and wellness of Alameda County community members. Includes a healthy snack tasting, health and wellness resource fair, and complimentary toolkit and resources.
Moderator: Andrew Kevy, Hayward Unified School District's Child Welfare & Attendance and Hayward Promise Neighborhood Coordinator.
Panelists: Pediatrician Paul Espinas, MD, Kaiser Permanente; Director of Food Services Robin Gallagher, Hayward Unified School District; Dr. Muntu Davis, Director of Alameda County Health Care Services Agency; and Council Member Mark Salinas, Hayward City Council.
Lunchtime Student Events & Health Fairs
Alameda County elementary, middle and high schools will feature on-campus events that include a bike-powered blender to make smoothies, a healthy food tasting, other health and fitness activities, and a sticker campaign to show students who got "caught being healthy!"
Thursday, March 14, 11:15 a.m.-12:00 p.m. - San Lorenzo High School, 50 E. Lewelling Boulevard, San Lorenzo
Friday, March 22, 11:25 a.m.-1:00 p.m. - Lorin Eden Elementary School, 27790 Portsmouth Avenue, Hayward
Monday, March 25, 1:00-2:00 p.m. - Chavez Middle School, 27845 Whitman Street, Hayward
Tuesday, March 26, 4:00-5:15 p.m. - Marylin Avenue Elementary School, 800 Marylin Avenue, Livermore
Thursday, March 28, 4:00-5:15 p.m. - Junction Avenue (K-8), 298 Junction Avenue, Livermore
Family Health Fair at Cherryland Elementary
Thursday, March 28, 1:30-3:30 p.m. - Cherryland Elementary School, 585 Willow Avenue, Hayward
The Family Health Fair will be a fun and educational afternoon focused on health and fitness for the whole family. Students will learn about healthy eating and cooking and participate in educational games and activities to promote physical fitness. Community partners will provide dental and vision screening, blood pressure checks and information about local health services such as health insurance, mental health, dental services, vision services and cardiovascular health.
Nutrition Month Proclamations
Local government agencies will name March 2013 as Nutrition Month to focus on and promote nutrition education and foster programs and services that encourage healthy behaviors to enhance and improve the overall well-being and quality of life of the Alameda County community. On March 4, the City of San Leandro City Council named March as Nutrition Month
Tuesday, March 12, 10:00 a.m. - Alameda County Board of Supervisors meeting, 1221 Oak Street, 5th Floor, Oakland
Health Scouts School Visits - "I got caught being healthy!" with Fruit & Vegetable Characters
- Harder Elementary, 495 Wyeth Road, Hayward
- Park Elementary, 411 Larchmont Street, Hayward
- Faith Ringgold Elementary, 1570 Ward Street, Hayward
- Schafer Park Elementary, 26268 Flamingo Avenue, Hayward
- Tyrrell Elementary, 27000 Tyrrell Avenue, Hayward
- Palma Ceia Elementary, 27679 Melbourne Avenue, Hayward
- Fairview Elementary, 23515 Maud Avenue, Hayward
- Eldridge Elementary, 26825 Eldridge Avenue, Hayward
- Lorin Eden Elementary, 27790 Portsmouth Avenue, Hayward
- Cherryland Elementary, 585 Willow Avenue, Hayward
- Cesar Chavez Middle School, 27845 Whitman Street, Hayward
- Winton Middle School, 119 West Winton Avenue, Hayward
- Anthony Ochoa Middle School, 2121 Depot Road, Hayward
- Glassbrook Elementary, 975 Schafer Road, Hayward
- Tennyson High School, 27035 Whitman Street, Hayward
- Grant Elementary, 879 Grant Avenue, San Lorenzo
- Hesperian Elementary, 620 Drew Street, San Lorenzo
- Edendale Middle School, 16160 Ashland Avenue, San Lorenzo
- San Lorenzo High School, 50 E. Lewelling Boulevard, San Lorenzo
- Strobridge Elementary, 21400 Bedford Drive, Castro Valley
The Alameda County Office of Education (ACOE) serves as liaison between the California Department of Education and the 18 Alameda County public school districts that serve more than 200,000 students and 10,000 teachers. ACOE provides fiscal oversight of the district budgets representing more than $1.78 billion and operates more than 300 programs and services for Alameda County students, parents and educators. ACOE provides, promotes and supports leadership and service to ensure the success of every child, in every school, every day. For more information, visit www.acoe.org.