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CalFresh Healthy Living, UC
Active News Beet

June 1, 2021

In this issue of the Active News Beet... 


CalFresh Healthy Living General Items of Interest
Upcoming Events and Deadlines
COVID-19 Updates and Resources
CalFresh Healthy Living, UC In Action! 
Health and Wellness Corner
If You Carrot All - Gardening Updates
Bee Social - Social Media Corner
Conferences and Training Opportunities
Employment Opportunities
Website Updates

Juicy Bites from the Field 

“I appreciated the packet with the hands-on items for my students. It made the content more accessible for the students.” 
 — Fifth Grade Teacher
Little Chico Creek Elementary School, Butte County

Upcoming Events and Deadlines

CFHL, UC June Town Hall

Date/time: June 15 , 12:30 - 2:00 PM
Register in advance for this meeting:

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

What's Up? Wednesday

Date/time: June 24, 10:00 - 11:00 AM
Zoom Information:


Interested in joining the COVID-19 Parent Engagement Workgroup?

The COVID-19 Parent Engagement Workgroup will be continuing their activities with a new project and will start by looking at what additional needs there are currently around engaging parents in CalFresh Healthy Living, UC. Complete this survey with supervisor approval if you are interested in joining the workgroup!

Promotional Materials Workgroup Survey

Please find the Promotional Materials Workgroup survey mentioned by Itzel Sanchez in the May Town Hall last week. CFHL, UCCE Supervisors and Educators, please take a few minutes to provide your feedback which will help us determine what materials are being used, any updates or edits needed, and gaps in materials you feel could be developed in the future.  It is a short survey but important to our understanding your needs!

Updated UC ANR Non-discrimination Statement

UC ANR has updated their non-discrimination statement to include two versions for single-page flyers. The update can be found on the UC ANR website.

SNAC COVID Response Nutrition Communications Campaign Toolkit

The SNAC COVID Response Nutrition Communications Campaign Toolkit is available on the CDSS website. Here is a Campaign Introduction PowerPoint
Questions? If you would like the resources or have any questions, please email

COVID-19 Updates and Resources

New Leah's Pantry Products 

Leah's Pantry has new products including colorful magnets that reinforce some of the concepts taught in Food Smarts and Around the Table curriculums. CalFresh Healthy Living Funded Partners are eligible to receive these items at no cost. 
Source: Leah's Pantry

Ancestral Recipes Cookbook & Live Cooking Demos

Ancestral Recipes: From My Grandma’s Kitchen To Yours has been designed in collaboration with Borrego Health's patient community in the eastern Coachella Valley. Cookbook recipes, based on MyPlate, were tailored to ensure ingredients are available and affordable. The cookbook is currently available in English and Spanish. Dr. Ann Cheney from UC Riverside School of Medicine presented this cookbook with a community member in the May CFHL, UC Town Hall. Don't forget to follow their Facebook page for updates and more resources.
Source: Borrego Health

CalFresh Healthy Living, UC In Action!

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

CFHL, UCCE Madera County Teams with UC ANR Master Gardener to Present Virtual Parent Garden Workshop

On April 21, 2021 CFHL, UCCE Madera County Educator Elizabeth Lopez and UCCE Madera County Master Gardener John Duran delivered a virtual Parent Spring Garden Workshop to 30 Madera Unified School District (MUSD) parents in Spanish and English. The MUSD Parent Resource Center (PRC) facilitated the virtual workshop promotion and registration. Fresh From the Garden curriculum taught during the workshop was further supported by the distribution of garden kits that included soil, radish seeds, a pot and a garden coloring page for children. The Master Gardeners generously donated soil and tomato plants.

This workshop was received with enthusiasm by the parents, one parent said, “I learned how to plant, grow and take care of herbs to cook and I really liked it.”  This was a wonderful opportunity to expand parent’s knowledge of gardening and awareness of the direct nutrition education and policy, systems and environmental changes in MUSD supported by CFHL, UCCE.

The virtual Parent Spring Garden Workshop was a collaborative effort coordinated and planned by: Master Gardner Coordinator, Denise Cuendett, Master Gardener John Duran, CFHL, UCCE Manager Karina Macias, Supervisor Kristi Schultz-Sharp and Educator Elizabeth Lopez.
Spring Garden Workshop Participants Maribel Vasquez (left) Ana Hernandez (right)

LIA Collaboration Leads to Community Benefits with Trained Promotoras

Stanislaus County LIA collaboration led to 20 trained promotoras. The following story was released in Western Ag publishing, Imperial Valley Press, Morning Ag Clips, and Yoloeats.
When local promotoras - volunteer health workers - team with CalFresh Healthy Living, University of California Cooperative Extension educators, magic happens in school gardens. Trained by Ceres Partnership for Healthy Families in Stanislaus County, promotoras encourage children to eat well by growing their own produce in school gardens. Read more

Health and Wellness Corner

Tips for Zoom Fatigue - Mako Mindfulness

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.  

Pruning for Healthier, More Productive Tomatoes 

CFHL, UCCE Nutrition Educator Susan Lafferty has provided detailed information on pruning. Please see below.

Some controversy exists over whether tomato plants should be pruned, but regular pruning is a great way to give your tomato plants a good start in life. When a tomato plant is pruned properly, airflow is improved, all the foliage receives adequate sunlight, and the plant is able to photosynthesize more efficiently, boosting growth and fruit production.

One major benefit of pruning tomatoes is disease prevention. By removing the lower 6-12 inches of leaves you can help protect the plants against pest and disease problems. With fewer leaves, pruned plants are less dense. The leaves dry faster so they are less susceptible to the diseases that need prolonged moisture to develop. Plus, fewer leaves make it easier to spot insect pests that might otherwise be hidden by a thick canopy. Read more.

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 & Miguel Galvan

June Social Media Graphics

Celebrate the month of June 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.
Come join in on the fun as we celebrate Family Health & Fitness Day on June 12, 2021. Whether it's walking, biking, playing sports, or hopping in a pool, it's time to have some fun under the sun! See the activities list above and share how you and your family plan to enjoy the day. #FamilyHealth #Fitness #CalFresh #CFHLUCCE

Conferences and Training Opportunities

Youth Engagement Office Hour

Date/Time: June 3, 10:00 - 11:00 AM
Topic: Summer Youth Engagement Highlight
Zoom Information: 

YPAR Summer Training Institute

Save the dates for the 2021 virtual YPAR Summer Training Institute! More information and registration details will be available soon.
  • 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

Virtual PA Programming for Older Adults: Moving through a Pandemic One Step at a Time

Date/Time: June 10, 9:30 - 11:00 AM
Description: Participants of the Virtual PA Programming for Older Adults: Moving Through a Pandemic One Step at a Time webinar will explore the needs and challenges of recruiting and sustaining physical activity programs for older adults during a pandemic and beyond. Participants will learn new ways of delivering virtual older adult physical activity sessions and explore resources that support successful engagement for this target population. (Flyer)
Zoom Information:

Employment Opportunities

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

Community Education Supervisor 2, Los Angeles County

Classification/Title: Community Education Supervisor 2
Location: Alhambra, CA
Duties/Responsibilities: Under the general direction of the Nutrition, Family and Consumer Sciences Advisor, the Community Education 2- Supervisor is responsible for overseeing the design, delivery, management, and evaluation of the Los Angeles County CFHL, UCCE Program for low income adults and youth.
Closing Date: June 18, 2021

Community Education Supervisor 2, Sacramento County

Classification/Title: Community Education Supervisor 2
Location: Woodland, CA
Duties/Responsibilities: Under the general direction of the CalFresh Healthy Living, UC (CFHL, UC) Program Regional Manager, the Community Education 2- Supervisor is responsible for overseeing the design, delivery, management, and evaluation of the Sacramento County CFHL, UCCE Program for low income adults and youth.
Closing Date: June 10, 2021

Nutrition Community Education Specialist 2, Placer/Nevada Counties

Classification/Title: Nutrition Community Education Specialist 2
Location: Auburn, CA
Duties/Responsibilities: The Nutrition Community Education Specialist 2 will perform the full range of program implementation duties under the supervision of the Program Supervisor and/or Advisor. This position's primary focus will be on conducting, managing, and evaluating a nutrition education program to improve the environment of the school and community.
Closing Date: June 7, 2021

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.

SNAP-Ed Evaluation Analyst, University of Maryland

Classification/Title: Faculty Specialist (SNAP-Ed Evaluation Analyst)
Location: College Park, MD
Duties/Responsibilities: The SNAP-Ed Evaluation Analyst will collaborate with the state office and county nutrition educators to conduct innovative and interactive evaluations of nutrition education programs delivered via diverse methods across the state, and to manage systems for data collection, analysis and reporting.
Closing Date: Open until filled.

Website Updates

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

Publications Webpage Update

The following updates and changes were made to the CFHL, UC website:

SNAP-Ed Connection Success Story Submission Process & Template
  • CDSS and FNS have developed a new SNAP-Ed Connection Success Story Submission Process & Template designed to assist all LIAs in writing and submitting national SNAP-Ed Connection Success Stories. The stories typically begin as PEARS submittals and must be reviewed and chosen by the State Office for SNAP-Ed submission. The file is available on the CFHL, UC Publications SNAP-Ed Connection webpage.
  • A Success Story PowerPoint is also available on the CFHL, UC Publications Success Stories and Profiles webpage.

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 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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