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CalFresh Healthy Living, UC
Active News Beet

November 3, 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! 
Health and Wellness Corner
If You Carrot All - Gardening Updates
Conferences and Training Opportunities
Funding Opportunities
Employment Opportunities

Juicy Bites from the Field 

“Our teachers indicate that incorporating a nutrition curriculum to their instruction is a positive way to introduce the importance of nutrition to our preschool students and their families. The resources we receive from you are age appropriate and very well received. In addition, having you as a nutrition bilingual educator supports the teachers and their families to adequately implement the program."
 — Dr. J. Rallion, Desert Sands Unified School District 
     ECE Principal, Riverside County


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. For more information, please see the CalFresh Healthy Living Virtual Forum Fact Sheet.
Registration Information: 
Registration for the CFHL 2021 Forum will be provided by December.

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

COVID-19 Updates and Resources

Edutopia: 3 Steps to Developing an Asset-Based Approach to Teaching

This article explains the benefits of an asset-based approach to teaching, which is one that is grounded in what students can do rather than what they cannot do or areas of weakness. 
Source: Edutopia

CalFresh Healthy Living, UC In Action!

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

CFHL, UCCE Northern, Central, and Southern Regions

This is the second in a series of examples of CFHL, UCCE activities and impacts during COVID-19 which span the Northern, Central and Southern Regions of California:

Northern Region

Butte, Colusa, Glenn, Sutter and Yuba Counties
  • At the end of the 2019-20 school year, the Butte Cluster reached over 300 families with “Lunch to Grow” kits in partnership with Yuba City Unified School District. Kits provided garden enhanced learning resources and seedlings coupled with recipes at three school meal distribution sites.
  • Since August, staff have engaged over 200 K-2nd grade students in live direct education lessons through Zoom and Google Classroom focused on hand washing and physical activity. In addition, the team continues to provide enrichment activities to 700 students enrolled in the Yuba City Unified School District After-School program.
Central Region

San Luis Obispo & Santa Barbara Counties
  • During the summer San Luis Obispo staff continued youth engagement through online facilitation of Student Nutrition Advisory Council Clubs with 18 families through 117 youth led My Plate educational sessions.
  • Staff harvested produce in school gardens resulting in the donation of 1,000 pounds of student grown produce for school meals and local food pantries to-date.
Southern Region

Imperial County
  • In March, the Imperial team structured an online pilot lesson for 16 - 3rd and 4th grade students from the My Amazing Body curriculum at De Anza Magnet Elementary School highlighting hand washing/hygiene, healthy sleep patterns, eating right, and being physically active. 
  • In FFY20, the team facilitated Youth-Led Participatory Action Research (YPAR) projects reaching 138 students resulting in building student’s research capacity, civic engagement, and improved health awareness and nutrition choices.

CFHL, UC Recently Featured in UC Berkley Webinar

CalFresh Healthy Living (CFHL), UC was recently featured in a two-part series produced by UC Berkley titled The University of California Land Grab: A Legacy of Profit from Indigenous Land. Since 2016, CFHL, UC has been working with Native American tribal communities in a more focused manner and in the past year developed a Native American work group. Our work was featured in this webinar (see below).

Health and Wellness Corner

Gentle Yoga Series

Date/Time: Thursday 11/5, 11/12, 11/19, and 12/3, 12:10 - 1:00 PM
Description: Join the Staff and Faculty Health and Well-being and Kia Meaux online for this relaxing yoga series which caters to all abilities, with a focus on breathing, stretches and poses. Open to UC Davis staff, faculty, students, and retirees, including community members.
Source: UC Davis Staff and Faculty Health and Well-being

Financial Well-being Workshops

Description: Join the Staff and Faculty Health and Well-being as they partner with SAFE Credit Union’s Workplace Financial Wellness Team to bring a series of financial well-being workshops to the UC Davis community – all staff, academics, students, alumni, and retirees are welcome.
Source: UC Davis Staff and Faculty Health and Well-being

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.  

CalFresh Healthy Living Garden Kit Guide

The Garden work group is excited for you to grow with us! Click here to read the CalFresh Healthy Living Garden Kit Guide. It provides step-by-step information on how to build garden kits for students. Check out planting guides to see what grows well in your area. Everything you need for gardening enlightenment in one spot!

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.

Youth Engagement Office Hour

Date/time: November 5, 2020 10:00  - 11:00 AM
Topic: Recruitment and Communication
Zoom Information: 
Register in advance to receive the Zoom details
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.

Education Leaders Grant Opportunity

Organization: No Kids Hungry
Description: Grants of up to $75,000 will be given to facilitate collaborative efforts with partner organizations to ensure kids in their community have access to the federal meals programs, backpack programs and food pantries. This grant will also support the needs of school districts to run these programs.
Deadline: November 20, 2020, 8:59 PM PT

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

2020 Carton 2 Garden Contest

Organization: Evergreen Packaging and
Description: Evergreen Packaging and are proud to present their sixth annual national Carton 2 Garden Contest!  Open to public and private schools, contest winners will be selected based on their implementation of an innovative garden creation featuring creative and sustainable uses for repurposed milk and juice cartons.
Deadline: December 1, 2020
View all funding opportunities

Employment Opportunities

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

CalFresh Healthy Living, UC Community Education Specialist 3

Classification/Title: Community Education Specialist 3
Location: Butte County
Duties/Responsibilities: Under the direction of the Nutrition Education Program Manager, the UC CalFresh Nutrition Education Program Community Education Specialist 3 is responsible for the coordination of the CalFresh Healthy Living, UC program focusing on delivery of nutrition education to low-income youth and adults, primarily in schools.
Closing Date: November 10, 2020
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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