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CalFresh Healthy Living, UC
Active News Beet

July 6, 2021

In this issue of the Active News Beet... 


CalFresh Healthy Living General Items of Interest
Upcoming Events and Deadlines
CalFresh Healthy Living, UC In Action! 
Bee Social - Social Media Corner
Conferences and Training Opportunities
Employment Opportunities
Website Updates

Juicy Bites from the Field 

“The best thing about the cooking academy was all the teamwork that was present during our cooking.”
 — Student
Freedom Elementary School, Tulare County


The Active News Beet will be taking a brief Summer intermission and will return on August 24, 2021. Please continue to send any content you would like to see in future issues to Lindsay Hamasaki ( and include Andra Nicoli ( 

Upcoming Events and Deadlines

What's Up? Wednesday

Date/time: July 28, 10:00 - 11:00 AM
Zoom Information:
Join Zoom Meeting:
Meeting ID: 944 9818 8978
Passcode: 072821
Dial +1 669 900 6833 US (San Jose)

CalFresh Healthy Living, UC In Action!

Please send any content you would like to see included to  Andra NicoliLindsay Hamasaki

CalFresh Healthy Living, UCCE Shasta Cluster Offers Virtual Nutrition Olympics to Get Students Up and Moving!

The CalFresh Healthy Living, UCCE (CFHL, UCCE) Shasta Cluster team, consisting of Shasta, Tehama and Trinity Counties, have historically celebrated the end of the school year by hosting “Nutrition Olympics” at 20 schools. Nutrition Olympics typically consists of several different games with a nutrition focus, such as:
  • MyPlate Relay” – students use a shopping basket and select key ingredients to complete a MyPlate in this relay race
  • “Balance your Protein” - students balance an egg on a spoon and race each other
  • “Fruit Toss” -  bean bag toss game where students aim for Apples and Oranges cutout boards
  • “Grapevine” - obstacle course consisting of polyspots containing physical activity movements
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2020 “Nutrition Olympics” was canceled which allowed an opportunity to re-focus, re-think and re-imagine this activity for the 2020-2021 school year as a virtual event. While students were back to school in-person, COVID mandates did not allow CFHL, UCCE Shasta Cluster educators on school sites. The challenge posed was how to create a virtually led physical activity and nutrition event remotely for students on school campuses.

Feedback from parents, teachers and students indicated that:
  • many schools spent time during lunch and recess in the classroom
  • PE had been cut from 2 schools
  • youth sports had been canceled in schools
Shasta Cluster Supervisor Chanelle Vincelli led the shifting of “Nutrition Olympics” to a virtual setting. The virtual transitioning included:
  • PA games and Nutrition lessons from CATCH curriculum
  • Serving Up MyPlate
  • A planting lesson from TWIGS
The Shasta Cluster team filmed and produced the “Virtual Nutrition Olympics” event, developing videos to accompany the instructional PowerPoint and help engage students. A “Re-Think Your Drink Day” Activity with Indirect Education opportunities was featured. The Olympics event was split into 3 weeks, with 6 nutrition lessons and PA activities each week. Weeks were divided into Bronze, Silver, and Gold and if all 3 weeks were completed, students earned a “Gold” medal. Educators managed the site training and technical assistance. This event led to an unexpected enthusiasm from teachers and contributed to expanded programming at sites.

For the 2021-2022 school year, both “Nutrition Olympics” and “Virtual Nutrition Olympics” will be offered. The benefit of offering “Virtual Nutrition Olympics” was discussed among Supervisors as saving staff time, travel and equipment.

Favorite Quotes:
  • “THANK YOU!!! Everything was wonderful and user friendly, I am happy to endorse this virtual experience to anyone! It was a great mix of activities (both academic and health related) that provided a well-rounded, nurturing, learning experience! Thanks to you and your team and thanks for making this opportunity available to our school! Hope to see you in person next year!”
  • “Hi!  The children have really enjoyed the activities you left for us.  The sprouts successfully sprouted!  We've played the ball toss game and are getting pretty good at answers.  I'm hearing about the home herb garden successes.  I started a plant unit-inspired by your activities.  I look forward to working with you next year.”
  • “Hello there, My students loved the seed planting and the MyPlate Toss-Up game! The videos for Rethink your Drink were also a hit with my kids. My students really want to go for Gold! It is challenging getting all the activities done though. We completed all of week 1 and are doing one activity every afternoon.”

Bee Social - Social Media Corner

Bee Social will be a recurring segment and will include social media-related resources and relevant information for CFHL, UC Programs. Please send any content you would like to see included to  Andra Nicoli & Lindsay Hamasaki.

July Social Media Graphics 

Celebrate the month of July by posting on your social media platforms the incredible graphics developed by the COVID-19 Social Media Workgroup. The designs provided have been reviewed and follow the CFHL, UCCE Social Media Branding Guidelines.
July is National Park and Recreation Month and we want to celebrate with you by getting outside and enjoying our local parks. Whether it's going out for a walk or kicking a ball around with some friends, the park is the perfect space to have some summer fun! #CalFreshHealthyLiving #UCCE #NationalParks #Outdoors #ParksAndRecreation #Playon #GetBackToAdventure #OurParkandRecStory

Conferences and Training Opportunities

YPAR Summer Training Institute

Description: Save the dates for the 2021 virtual YPAR Summer Training Institute! 
  • July 12th, 10AM-12PM: Intro to YPAR & Project-Based Module
  • July 13th, 10AM-12PM: Facilitating YPAR & Structured YPAR
  • July 22nd, 10AM-12PM: YPAR Planning, Application & Support

Up4it Level 2 Training 

Date/Time: July 19, 1:00 - 4:00 PM
Description: UP4it Level 2 is an inquiry-based activity guide that is appropriate for 5th grade students and older, and meets Common Core state standards. In UP4it Level 2, students take a deeper dive into the personal choices they make that impact their current dietary, sleeping, and physical activity habits. Through inquiry-based learning they discover new ways to overcome barriers and make goals to start new, healthy habits.

Employment Opportunities

Employment Opportunities are featured as they are announced and then again shortly prior to the deadline.

Community Education Specialist 1 or 2, CFHL, UCCE Glenn County

Classification/Title: Community Education Specialist 1 or 2
Location:  Orlando, CA
Duties/Responsibilities: The Community Education Specialist will perform the full range of program implementation duties. Incumbent will be responsible for the coordination, management, and delivery of nutrition education to community based adults and/or youth.
Closing Date: July 16, 2021

Director, Extension Nutrition Education, Montana State University

Classification/Title: Director, Extension Nutrition Education
Location:  Bozeman, Montana
Duties/Responsibilities: Responsible for overall leadership and management of the SNAP-Ed and EFNEP grant programs, including overall grant, personnel and budget management for both programs in the state of Montana.
Closing Date: Open until filled.

SNAP-Ed Coordinator, University of Nevada, Reno Extension

Classification/Title: SNAP-Ed Coordinator
Location: Clark County, Las Vegas, Nevada
Duties/Responsibilities: The University of Nevada, Reno is recruiting for a full-time administrative Faculty position as the SNAP-Ed Coordinator. This position will coordinate and oversee the administration of the University of Nevada, Reno Extension statewide Supplemental Nutrition Assistant Program (SNAP) nutrition education and policy, systems and environmental (PSE) change interventions in implementing counties under the supervision of the Associate Director of Extension. The SNAP-Ed Coordinator will have the primary responsibility for the coordination of SNAP-Ed work plan among Extension specialists, county-based staff and faculty, sub recipient agencies and subcontracts; application submission, and reporting in accordance with SNAP-Ed grant requirements; and will assist with planning, guidance, and evaluation.
Closing Date: Open until filled.

Website Updates

Please send any content you would like to see included to to Andra NicoliLindsay Hamasaki.

SNAC COVID Response Nutrition Communications Campaign Toolkit & Customizable CRNCC Social Media Files

The SNAC COVID Response Nutrition Communications Campaign Toolkit and customizable social media posts with our logo are available on the CFHL, UC website under Communications Resources- Social Media. Here is a Campaign Introduction PowerPoint
Questions? If you would like the resources or have any questions, please email or Amy DeLisio.

Communications Resources Webpage

Find your Promotional Materials at this location on the CFHL, UC website:
  • Pathway: Administration> Communications Resources >Promotional Materials
Direct Link here.

CFHL, UCCE Webpage Checklist

It's spring cleaning time, so please review your UCCE webpage and update it with the proper logo and information on our program. During the April Town Hall, CFHL, UCCE Santa Clara Cluster Counties showcased the updated UCCE webpage. Now it’s your turn!

To assist you in this updating, please see the UCCE Webpage Checklist available on the CFHL, UC website here: 
  • Pathway: Administration> Communication Resources webpage.
Remember the Communication Resources webpage on the CFHL, UC website is your one stop shop for all things “communication” oriented.
We want to hear from you!

Please email Editors Andra NicoliLindsay Hamasaki 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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