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CalFresh Healthy Living, UC
Active News Beet

April 20, 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! 
Welcome New Staff!
If You Carrot All - Gardening Updates
Bee Social - Social Media Corner
Conferences and Training Opportunities
Employment Opportunities
Research and Articles of Interest

Juicy Bites from the Field 

“I could not do a better job teaching this [Next Generation Science Standard] than the Master Gardeners did with their lesson plan!"
 — The Garden Laboratory, Learning Through Growing
Second Grade Teacher at Little Chico Creek Elementary School, Butte County

Upcoming Events and Deadlines

CFHL, UC April Town Hall

Date/time: April 20, 12:30  - 2:00 PM
  • The Social Media Journey: Best Practices
  • UCCE Webpage Updates: San Mateo and San Francisco Counties
  • UC ANR Hiring Routing Flow for CFHL, UC & more about UC ANR Vaccine Education
  • Parent Engagement Workgroup
  • Smarter Lunchrooms Movement Workgroup: Harvest of the Month Resources
  • State Office Updates
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: April 28, 1:00 - 2:00 PM
Zoom Information:


FFY 2021 Semi-Annual Certification Reminder

Please remember to sign off on your Semi-Annual Certification (electronic signatures are acceptable) for Period #1 (10/1/2020 - 3/31/2021).  The FFY 2021 Semi Annual Certification form is available on the CFHL, UC website in the Program Directives tab. Please see PD 2019-01 if you need additional information. 

CalFresh Healthy Living Website: Communication Resource Tab

Are you looking for resources related to Communication? If so, please look at the Communication Resources tab on the CFHL, UC website to find all your communication resources including:
  • Guidelines
  • Funding Statements, And Justice for All Poster, Duplicating SNAP-Ed Materials
  • Logos
  • Templates
  • Colors and Fonts
  • Photo Release and Photo Banks
  • Promotional Materials

COVID-19 Updates and Resources

Health Equity Through Program Planning Training Series

Listen to first-hand accounts of how CalFresh Healthy Living local implementers partnered with their communities to identify and address health inequities in their counties. Then join a lively, 45 minute breakout session to ask questions, get answers, and generally talk about the health equity work you’re doing. Register here.

Sessions (flyer):

  • May 5, 1:30 - 3:00 PM - The Magic of Assessments: How to Uncover Health Disparities & Build Local Support to Address Them in Rural California 
  • May 12, 10:00 - 11:30 AM - Health in Transportation: Advancing Health Equity through Cross-Sector Collaboration 
  • May 19, 10:00 – 11:30 AM - Achieving Health Equity through Asset Based Community Engagement 
Source: Program Planning Training Workgroup

FFY 2022 Budget Form Training Webinar and Resources

The FFY 2022 Budget Form Training Webinar and Resources have been posted on the Resources tab located in the CalFresh Healthy Living SharePoint site.
The posted resources include:
  • FFY 2022 Budget Training PowerPoint 
  • FFY 2022 Budget Training FAQ 
  • FFY 2022 Budget Form Training Webinar Recording
  • Part 1: PowerPoint Slide
  • Part 2: Live Demonstration
Source: California Department of Social Services

CalFresh Healthy Living, UC In Action!

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

Youth Engagement Initiative 

  • In Contra Costa County, YPAR (Youth-led Participatory Action Research) student researchers from Dozier-Libbey Medical High School meet virtually to explore issues in their school community. During a check-out activity where the students were asked how they felt at the end of the meeting, one student shared, “I’m feeling accomplished because I don’t really like talking in front of people but I’m getting better.”
  • In San Luis Obispo County, 5th and 6th grade 4-H SNAC youth are learning about gardening and nutrition using TWIGS to support the start of a garden promotion project. Students noticed their school garden being overlooked, so they decided to create colorful, promotional signs to place in the garden with positive messaging. 
  • In Riverside County, YPAR middle school student researchers are exploring opportunities to make positive changes in their community. They are preparing to survey peers and families to learn more about food access in their community, and are already considering key stakeholders they need to engage to make real, lasting change in the places where they live and learn.
  • In Imperial County, 220 students are engaged in YPAR, with some of these students from Southwest High School also participating in the creation of new physical activity videos to be used by teachers and young people throughout the district.
YPAR student researchers have fun meeting virtually with CFHL, UCCE allies Eli Figueroa and Rosalinda Ruiz to identify and discuss next steps for their YPAR project.
YPAR student researchers meet virtually with CFHL, UCCE Riverside County allies Daisy Valdez and Claudia Carlos, along with their school teacher, to discuss what being a leader means to them.

Welcome New Staff!

New staff are featured in the first newsletter of the month. To include your new staff member in next month's update, email a short bio and photo to Miguel Galvan

Melanie Gerdes, State Office Community Education Specialist II

Melanie Gerdes graduated with her bachelor’s in Clinical Nutrition from the University of California, Davis and immediately began working with the research team at the UC Davis Center for Nutrition in Schools. In her five years with the Center, Melanie developed physical activity and outdoor education curricula, as well as program activities and trainings for the Shaping Healthy Choices Program.

Melanie is one month away from graduating with her Masters in Family and Consumer Sciences from San Francisco State University. In her graduate work, she has focused on examining pathways to programmatic sustainability through development of a cross-age teaching model for undergraduates and adolescents. The project utilized a food literacy curriculum for adolescents which she hopes to bring to the CalFresh Healthy Living, UC audience.

In her free time, of which currently there is not that much of, Melanie enjoys gardening, cooking for her family, and pickling foods with her local Master Food Preservers.
Melanie Gerdes, State Office Community Education Specialist II

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.  

AIR:  The Invisible Ingredient for Successful Growing

One of the most important factors for success with plants is air. It often goes unnoticed since it’s not visible, but it actually has several interactions with plants. 

Air is made of tiny bits that we call molecules. Two of the molecules in air are oxygen and carbon dioxide. You may think oxygen is the most important molecule because we need it to live but all living things on Earth are made of carbon. While we get carbon from our food, plants pull carbon out of the air. Plants absorb carbon dioxide through small openings called stomata found on the surface of the leaf.

Once inside the leaf, the carbon dioxide can enter plant cells, where photosynthesis takes place. This process in green plants use sunlight to make their own food. This light energy changes water and carbon dioxide into oxygen and nutrients called sugars. Plants use some of the sugars and store the rest. Plants have enough carbon dioxide around them to live on without needing the carbon dioxide that we make. However, there wouldn’t be enough oxygen in the world for humans to live on, if plants didn’t make it for us.
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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

Earth Day Social Media Graphics and Caption

Celebrate Earth Day 2021 on Thursday, April 22 by posting on your social media platforms the incredible graphics developed by Daisy Valdez from CFHL, UCCE Riverside County and the COVID-19 Social Media Workgroup. The designs provided have been reviewed and follow the CFHL, UCCE Social Media Branding Guidelines.
Celebrate Earth Day by spending some time in outdoors, working out or tending the garden. Our CalFresh Healthy Living, UCCE TWIGS Youth Gardening and Healthy Eating Curriculum stands for Teams with Inter-generational Support. The curriculum was created to help youth develop their potential through participation in real-life educational experiences. TWIGS increases appreciation and interaction among generations; positive use of leisure time; and development of participation and pride in community. The garden is a powerful experiential tool that can connect children with science, nutrition, food, ecological responsibility and community beautification. Our CFHL, UCCE programs work closely with UC Master Gardener Program to implement TWIGS at local school and community gardens. #EarthDay #TWIGS #TeensAndSeniors #UCCE #ThinkGreen #EatGreen #BeGreen

UC ANR Social Media Trainings & Resources

The UC ANR Communications Toolkit webpage houses several social media training videos and webinars including:
  • Improving Video Discoverability on YouTube
  • Instagram Live
  • Facebook Live
  • Optimizing LinkedIn
  • Accessibility

Conferences and Training Opportunities

Evaluation Office Hours

Date/Time: April 27, 1:00 - 2:30 PM
Description: Please plan to bring your evaluation questions and/or experience with any of this year’s evaluation tools to share.
Zoom Information:

Youth Engagement Leadership Call

Date/Time: May 6, 10:00 - 11:00 AM
Topic: Youth Engagement Success Stories and UC Delivers
Zoom Information: 

Implementing a Plan, Shop, Save & Cook Lesson

Date/Time: May 6, 10:00 - 11:30 AM
Description: Join this webinar to see how a PSSC lesson is delivered virtually. Maricarmen Anaya from CFHL, UCCE San Joaquin will demonstrate PSSC Lesson 3.
Note: The webinar is primarily targeted to non-UC CFHL LIA staff who are interested in accessing the PSSC curriculum. CFHL, UC educators are welcome to attend if interested. Please contact Tammy McMurdo for more information.
Zoom Information:

The Future of Food: Exploring Food System Career Pathways for Young People

Date/Time: May 6, 3:30 - 5:00 PM
Description: Do you partner with young people in your CalFresh Healthy Living, UC efforts? Invite the young people you partner with to join this UC Davis Campus Global Theme event coordinated by the CalFresh Healthy Living, UC State Office. The event will include highlights and learnings from youth engagement efforts across the state, followed by Q&A, and finally breakout rooms where youth participants can explore college and career interests as they connect with and ask questions of UC faculty, staff, and students.
Zoom Information:

Employment Opportunities

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

Community Education Specialist II, Fresno / Madera Counties

Classification/Title: Community Education Specialist 2
Location: Fresno
Duties/Responsibilities: The Community Education Specialist 2 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. This includes training, guiding, and supporting volunteer extenders with education, information and resources; evaluating program implementation; collecting and compiling enrollment, documentation, and evaluation data from volunteer extenders and participants; performing data entry for reporting and writing reports in compliance with funding requirements. 
Closing Date: April 20, 2021

Community Education Supervisor II, Placer / Nevada Counties

Classification/Title: Community Education Supervisor 2
Location: Auburn
Duties/Responsibilities: Under the direction of the County Director and/or Advisor, the Community Education Supervisor 2 will service as a manager and educator of the Early Childhood, Youth, Adult, and Families Nutrition Education Program funded by the University of California CalFresh Healthy Living Nutrition Program from USDA Food and Nutrition Services SNAP-Ed Program. The incumbent will supervise a staff of four (three full-time and one half-time) Community Education Specialists and will work with collaborators. The supervisor is responsible for developing, implementing, and managing the day-to-day operations of the program according to the approved scope of work for Placer and Nevada Counties. The position includes program development and implementation, administration, strategic management, and evaluation. The Community Education Supervisor 2 will develop and manage the UC CalFresh Healthy Living budget in consultation with County Director or Advisor and in accordance with the funders' requirements and ANR policies and procedures. This position will also assist in identifying additional grant funding opportunities. 
Closing Date: April 22, 2021

Community Education Specialist I / II, Yolo County

Classification/Title: Community Education Specialist 1 / 2
Location: Yolo
Duties/Responsibilities: This position is being advertised as either a Community Education Specialist 1 or 2 depending on the level of experience of the hired applicant. 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 early childhood education youth. This includes training, guiding, and supporting volunteer extenders with education, information and resources; evaluating program implementation; collecting and compiling enrollment, documentation, and evaluation data from volunteer extenders and participants; entering data into shared database and writing reports in compliance with funding requirements.
Closing Date: April 23, 2021

Research and Articles of Interest

Research and Articles of Interest are featured every other newsletter (i.e., once a month). If you would like a particular research or other article of interest to be included in next month's update, email a brief summary and the article link to Miguel Galvan.

Orange Flavonoid Consumption Increases Muscle and Reduces Fat in Athletes, Says Study

Author/Organization: Nikki Hancocks / Nutraingredients
Summary: A natural orange extract can improve muscle growth and performance in athletes, according to an eight week double-blind, parallel and randomised trial published in the Food & Function journal. Read more.
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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