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CalFresh Healthy Living, UC
Active News Beet

October 6, 2020

In this issue of the Active News Beet... 


CalFresh Healthy Living General Items of Interest
COVID-19 Updates and Resources
CalFresh Healthy Living, UC In Action!
If You Carrot All - Gardening Updates
Conferences and Training Opportunities
Funding Opportunities
Website Updates

Juicy Bites from the Field 

“This was so much fun. I did not know you can eat the skin. My students had a blast seeing how fast their kumquats would turn sweet.”
 — Taste Testing Kumquats 
     Student Participant, Placer/Nevada Counties


Get Out of The Count Webpage

Join your community in an effort to Get Out the Count and help spread the message about the importance of participating in the 2020 Census. Take action today and get counted! Please visit the Get Out The Count (GOTC) webpage where you can find the “Take the Census Now” toolkit that includes messaging, flyers, and infographics.

CFHL 2021 Virtual Forum: Improving Health Equity in a Virtual World

Date/Time: March 8-11, 2021
Description: The California Department of Social Services (CDSS) and its state partners, the California Department of Public Health (CDPH); the California Department of Aging (CDA); CalFresh Healthy Living, University of California (CFHL, UC); and Catholic Charities of California (CCC) are excited to share news about the 2021 CalFresh Healthy Living Virtual Forum, scheduled for March 8-11, 2021.
Registration Information: 
Registration for the CFHL 2021 Forum will be provided soon.

CFHL 2021 Forum: Call for Virtual Posters

The 2021 CalFresh Healthy Living Virtual Forum will include a Virtual Poster Session that will provide LIAs with the opportunity to share and exchange information. LIAs can use their respective poster to showcase information pertaining to the following poster themes:
  • Virtual Direct Education
  • Food Access
  • Innovation in PSEs
Registration for the Virtual Poster Session opened Monday, October 5 and closes on Friday, November 6, at 5:00 PM. Please visit the poster submission website to submit a poster application and obtain additional information. If you have any questions, please contact

FFY 2021 Youth Engagement Leadership Calls and Office Hours

Join us on the first Thursday of each month from 10:00 - 11:00 AM to explore and discuss topics relative to CFHL, UC youth engagement programming. Register in advance to receive the Zoom details. Check out the FFY 2021 calendar of topics planned for each call. For questions, contact Kelley Brian at

COVID-19 Updates and Resources

Social-Emotional Learning Introductory Video Series

CASEL has partnered with PBS Station ThinkTV to create introductory videos for the SEL core competencies and 10 indicators of schoolwide SEL. During this time of uncertainty, these indicators can help schools create the conditions that support all students and adults holistically and equitably.
Source: PBS Learning Media

Reducing the Risk of Choking in Young Children at Mealtimes

This four-page resource created for parents and caregivers of young children provides tips on how to prepare foods to reduce the risk of choking. This resource is available in English and Spanish.
Source: USDA Food and Nutrition Services

CalFresh Healthy Living, UC In Action!

Please send any content you would like to see included to  Andra NicoliMiguel Galvan

Contra Costa’s  Project 4-H2O Teens Reach 490 Followers on Facebook During Rethink Your Drink Day 

Project 4-H2O is a multifaceted youth-led participatory action research (YPAR) project, jointly implemented by the 4-H Youth Development Program (YDP) and CalFresh Healthy Living (CFHL), University of California Cooperative Extension (UCCE) Contra Costa. The collaboration helped teens build leadership and life skills that would become essential in leading remote meetings, presentations, and creating educational videos to promote drinking water during the pandemic.  
With support from the Project 4-H2O coordinator, the youth team of four 12th graders conducted a school-wide survey to learn more about what motivates and reminds students to drink more water in December 2019. By February 2020, the team was analyzing the results to inform their school hydration efforts. However, due to the COVID-19 shelter-in-place (SIP) public health orders, John Swett High School (JSHS) closed on March 16, 2020. Although the abrupt transition to online education was a struggle, Project 4-H2O youth prevailed during the pandemic. 
Drawing on their leadership and life skills, the teens adapted to the virtual meeting environment and met on ZOOM to plan the best way to promote healthy student hydration remotely. Using concepts from a previous Rethink Your Drink presentation, the team produced individual videos to encourage their peers to "Drink Smarter, Choose Water" during SIP. Using their creativity, each teen made two videos. In collaboration with the JSHS Principal, the youth shared the eight videos with 490 followers of the JSHS Facebook page during Rethink Your Drink Day.
By overcoming the challenges of remote promotion and communication with their school community, the 4-H20 Project teens began a healthy communication influencer movement. Upon graduation, the four youth team members shared:
  • "I plan to use what I learned by voice(ing) my opinions and work with other people in groups"
  • "I'm pursuing a healthier lifestyle overall"
  • "I'm being more confident about my own opinions in groups"
  • "I'm helping to influence my peers and family to take drink intake seriously."
Infused Water Recipe by Project 4-H20 Student Farangiz Malikova

CFHL, UCCE Kern County Creates Healthy Change in 32 FIELD Adults

Farmworker Institute of Education & Leadership Development (FIELD) is a nonprofit organization based in California’s San Joaquin and Sacramento Valleys. Founded by Cesar Chavez in 1978, FIELD is dedicated to strengthening America’s agricultural and rural communities through values of opportunity, excellence, integrity and innovation. FIELD works with employers, colleges, and community-based organizations to provide adult students with the opportunity to complete their General Education Development (GED) or learn English as a second language.

FIELD Bakersfield partnered with CalFresh Healthy Living, UCCE Kern County (CFHL, UCCE Kern) to provide virtual evidence based nutrition and physical activity lessons to 32 adult students. From June through August, CFHL, UCCE Kern staff distributed lesson packets, presented live zoom nutrition and physical activity sessions and addressed questions. Follow up one-on-one calls were conducted to review each lesson. Nineteen parents attended online classes taught from the UCCE Connect To You curricula. In this series of lessons, students learned about food resource management. Additionally, 13 students enrolled in the online nutrition course.

During one-on-one calls, participants shared with educators positive changes in lifestyle and nutritional choices resulting from their recent lessons. One participant mentioned that she began to incorporate 30-40 minutes of physical activity in her daily routine. Another participant shared that she started to add more vegetables to her meals and added short walks during her work breaks.

“In March I became very inactive and stressed. In May I started slowly doing 30-40 minutes of spinning; I started my family on this activity as well.“

If You Carrot All - Gardening Updates

Welcome to If you Carrot All, your one stop shop for garden-related information. If You Carrot All will be a recurring segment and will include garden-related resources and relevant information for CFHL, UC Programs.  

National Farm to School Month Webpage

October is Farm to School Month, an annual 31-day campaign to recognize, appreciate and celebrate the connections happening across the country between kids, families and their community food systems. Check out the National Farm to School Month webpage for more information on how you can celebrate.

Conferences and Training Opportunities

Conferences and Training Opportunities are featured as they are announced and then again shortly prior to the training date. Click here or on the 'View all upcoming trainings..." button to see the complete list of upcoming trainings.

Committing to Healthier Food and Beverages in Hospitals: Innovative Approaches from the Field

Date/Time: October 8, 9:00 AM - 10:30 AM
Description: Join the Public Health Law Center and American Cancer Society in exploring innovative approaches on creating healthier food and beverage environments in hospitals and healthcare settings..
Registration Information:

FFY 2021 BAR and MYA Automation Training Webinar

Date/Time: October 8, 1:30 PM - 3:30 PM
Description: Beginning October 12th, 2020, the Budget Adjustment Requests (BARs) and Mid-Year Amendments (MYAs) process will be completed and reviewed in the automated form within the CalFresh Healthy Living SharePoint site. A training webinar has been scheduled by the CalFresh Healthy Living Team to provide an overview of the new process, as well as a live demonstration of the BAR and MYA process.
Registration Information:

Increasing Resiliency of Farmer's Market & Equitable Access to Fresh, Local Produce

Date/Time: October 13, 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Description: This webinar will explore how local partnerships can increase the resiliency of farmers' markets while improving access to local, fresh produce for low-income patrons. Speakers include:
  • Katherine Soule, Director of Cooperative Extension, and Youth, Families & Communities Advisor, San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara Counties
  • Amy DeLisio, Public Health Institute
  • Bob Roos, Market Manager, North County Farmers' Markets
  • Shannon Klisch, UCCE, Chair of the EBT/Market Match Workgroup in San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara Counties
  • Miguel Diaz, UCCE, Lead Educator in Research to Expand Low-Income Access and Interest in Federal Nutrition Benefits and Incentives at Farmer's Markets
Registration Information:

Online Curriculum Content Orientation - Pre-K, K, Parent

Date/Time: October 13, 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Pre-K, Kindergarten, Parent Curricula
  • Happy, Healthy Me
  • Go, Glow, Grow
  • Healthy Happy Families
  • Eat and Play Together   
Zoom Information: 
Meeting ID: 927 6626 7277
Passcode: 10132020
Dial  +1 669 900 6833 US

Online Curriculum Content Orientation - Grades 1-3

Date/Time: October 13, 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Grades 1-3 Curricula
  • My Amazing Body
  • Good for Me and You
  • It’s My Choice    
Zoom Information:
Meeting ID: 968 0640 4323
Passcode: 10132020
Dial  +1669 900 6833 US 

Food Justice is Racial Justice: National Farm to School Network Movement Meeting

Date/Time: October 14, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Description: Join National Farm to School Network for a virtual Movement Meeting featuring food justice activist Karen Washington, for action-oriented reflection on racial justice in the Farm to School movement and wider food system. You’ll connect with fellow Farm to School and food justice advocates from across the country, dig into conversations about what it means to shift power, and help shape the next steps of progress towards our vision of a just food system for all. 
Registration Information:

Online Curriculum Content Orientation - Grades 4-6

Date/Time: October 14, 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Grades 4-6 Curricula
  • Up4It!
  • Discovering Healthy Choices
  • Serving Up My Plate (3 levels)    
Zoom Information:
Meeting ID: 934 3804 9243
Passcode: 10142020
Dial +1 669 900 6833

Online Curriculum Content Orientation - Garden-Based

Date/Time: October 14, 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Garden-Based Curricula
  • Nutrition to Grow On
  • Fresh From the Garden
  • Learn, Grow, Eat, Go    
Zoom Information:
Meeting ID: 926 9480 1555
Passcode: 10142020
Dial +1 669 900 6833 

Online Curriculum Content Orientation - Middle & High School

Date/Time: October 14, 2:30 PM - 3:30 PM
Middle and High School
  • Eatfit
  • Hunger Attack    
Zoom Information:
Meeting ID: 913 3439 0532
Passcode: 10142020
Dial +1 669 900 6833 

Online Curriculum Content Orientation - Adult Part-1

Date/Time: October 15, 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Adult – Part 1
  • UCCE Connects to You
  • Eating Smart Being Active    
Zoom Information:
Meeting ID: 924 9546 7363
Passcode: 10152020
Dial +1 669 900 6833  

Online Curriculum Content Orientation - Adult Part-2

Date/Time: October 15, 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Adult – Part 2
  • Eat Healthy Be Active Workshops
  • My Plate for My Family
  • Making Every Dollar Count  

Zoom Information:
Meeting ID: 947 2778 2399
Passcode: 10152020
Dial +1 669 900 6833 

Online Curriculum Content Orientation - CATCH

Date/Time: October 15, 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Description: CATCH Curriculum Orientation.
Zoom Information:
Meeting ID: 955 8088 9245
Passcode: 10152020
Dial +1 669 900 6833 
View all upcoming trainings on the Training Calendar

Funding Opportunities

Funding Opportunities are featured as they are announced and then again shortly prior to the deadline. Click here or on the 'View all funding opportunities" button to see a complete list of on-going funding opportunities and funding with specific deadlines.

Cooking Matters Grant Opportunity

Organization: Cooking Matters
Description: Cooking Matters is excited to announce a competitive grant opportunity. This grant is for current or new partners interested in offering online nutrition and food skills education that actively engages low-income parents, caregivers, and their kids during the lesson. Education must be delivered online and have a focus on parent-child engagement during the lesson.
Informational Grant Webinar: Tuesday October 6, 10PM
Deadline: October 19, 2020 5 PM 

Community Change Grants

Organization: America Walks
Description: America Walks and generous Active People, Health Nations partners are excited to announce another round of their popular Community Change Grant program. This program will award grantees $1,500 in community stipends for projects related to creating healthy, active, and engaged places to live, work, and play.
Deadline: November 9, 2020

Policies for Action: Public Policy Research to Advance Racial Equity and Racial Justice

Organization: Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
Description: The goal of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation's Policies for Action call for proposals is to build the evidence base about how national, state, and local policies can improve racial equity in health and well-being in the United States.
Deadline: November 24, 2020, 12:00 PM PT
View all funding opportunities

Website Updates

Please send any content you would like to see included to Miguel Galvan. 

FFY 2020 Annual Report Timeleline and Information

The FFY 2020 Annual Report Timeline & Information has been posted to the CFHL, UC Website. A PDF of the FFY 2020 Annual Report Timeline is also available! 
The FFY 2020 Annual Report Narrative and County Profile Templates will be posted soon. Please watch your emails and website for more information coming soon!

Adult Distance Learning Guidance & Demographic Forms

New Adult Distance Learning Guidance and PDF fillable Demographic Forms in English and Spanish can be found on the PEARS Program Activities page.
See the Updates on the UC State Office Website
We want to hear from you!

Please email Editor Andra NicoliMiguel Galvan to share your comments, stories, photos, or other items you would like to see featured in future Active News Beet issues.
Active News Beet newsletters are sent by the CalFresh Healthy Living, University of California State Office on behalf of the Director, Kamaljeet Singh-Khaira.. Past issues of the Active News Beet can be viewed here.
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California's CalFresh Healthy Living, with funding from the United States Department of Agriculture’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program – USDA SNAP, produced this material. These institutions are equal opportunity providers and employers. For important nutrition information, visit the CalFresh Healthy Living website.
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