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CalFresh Healthy Living, UC
Active News Beet

October 20, 2020

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
Conferences and Training Opportunities
Funding 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!”
 — Mrs. Wren,  Little Chico Creek Elementary School
  Second Grade Teacher, Butte Cluster Counties

Upcoming Events and Deadlines

CFHL, UC Town Hall

Date/time: October 20, 12:30 - 2:00 PM
Zoom Information:
Register in advance for this meeting:

What's Up? Wednesday

Date/time: October 21, 11:00 AM  - 12:00 PM
Zoom Information:
Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 919 1908 3147
Passcode: 102120
Dial +1 669 900 6833


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 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

SLM LIA Needs Assessment

The School Lunch Movement (SLM) of CA has created a survey to identify the needs of Local Implementing Agency staff that support School Nutrition Services (SNS). The purpose of the survey is to identify training, technical assistance, and resources needs of LIA staff to provide quality support to their SNS partners. If you partner with SNS, please complete the survey by COB 10/30.

COVID-19 Updates and Resources

Edutopia: How Learning Happens Video Series

This video series explores how educators can guide all students, regardless of their developmental starting points, to become productive and engaged learners.
Source: Edutopia

With Stress in Schools Increasing, Simple Strategies to Stay Calm

This resource offers ‘rapid resets’ to help teachers and students calm their minds and bodies and get back to learning
Source: Edutopia

Updated Eat, Move, Win Online High School Curriculum Now Available

Let's Eat Healthy: Teens (formerly known as Eat Move Win) pages are now live on the Dairy Council of California’s website.

Send interested teachers to the curriculum’s overview page to access the content and interactive pieces like polls and assessments to embed in their instruction. Log in credentials are no longer required to access lesson content and materials/quizzes. Coming Soon: Part 2 is an Educator Guide that guides educators through using content on online learning platforms like Google Classroom. Educator Guide will be available in the coming weeks
Source: Dairy Council of California

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 first 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

Shasta, Trinity, Tehama Counties
  • Shasta County staff delivered 15 CATCH PA lessons with 108 students enrolled in four different summer camps for Redding Parks & Recreation utilizing strict social distancing protocols.
  • Trinity County staff partnered with the Local Health Department (LHD) to assist Trinity Alps Unified School District in developing physical activity materials for 500 students and their families. The LHD offered seeds and gardening resources; CFHL, UCCE Trinity County provided CATCH at Home resources, Physical Activity Calendars, Jump Ropes and Activity Cards.
  • Shasta County distributed Harvest of the Month handouts and a total of 700 seed packets to two K-8th schools in the Redding School District. 
Central Region

Santa Clara, San Mateo, San Francisco Counties
  • Santa Clara Cluster staff conducted Zoom training in San Francisco County at Wu Yee Children’s Services for 12 preschool site directors on the Healthy Apple Online Assessment of nutrition and physical activity policies and practices.
  • The team trained summer school staff to deliver 5 lessons from the Junior Master Gardener curriculum. It was implemented in 7 Life Moves Summer Camps for 78 youth in San Mateo & Santa Clara Counties and provided the basic supplies for container gardening.
  • In May the team used distance learning to train 21 teachers at 8 preschool sites in San Francisco County on CATCH Early Childhood Education.
Southern Region

Riverside County
  • In August, the Riverside team presented ‘Brain Breaks in the Virtual World’ during the #AlvordStillStrong Distance Teaching Virtual Summit reaching 700 teacher and staff members through simultaneous Google Meets and Google Cast. The presentation included four virtual physical activity break demonstrations that can reach 18,000 elementary, middle and high school students.
  • Staff and teachers virtually engaged 894 students from 28 classes in 7 schools on the Analyzing Food Ads lesson from the Nourish: Food + Community curriculum and delivered the Handwashing lesson from the Go, Glow, Grow curriculum to 7 Early Childhood Education classes reaching 94 preschoolers. 

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

Dr. Anna Jones, Assistant Project Scientist

Anna Jones has joined the CalFresh Healthy Living, UC State Office, providing support in online learning and Smarter Lunchrooms Movement implementation.

Anna is a SuperAggie, graduating from UC Davis with a bachelor’s degree in Clinical Nutrition and doctorate in Nutritional Biology. Before joining the State Office, Anna was the program manager for the Shaping Healthy Choices Program (SHCP) team at the UC Davis Department of Nutrition Center for Nutrition in Schools (CNS), supporting CFHL, UC counties delivering the SHCP. Before that, Anna was part of the CNS team that provided training and resources to school food service programs around the state and is excited to apply this experience to supporting the Smarter Lunchrooms Movement in CFHL, UC.

In her free time, she enjoys reading, crafts, and learning new trivia, especially trivia about animals.

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.  

Annie's Garden Application

Connecting kids to gardens shows future generations how sustainable food is grown. Do you work with a school that would benefit from a grant for an existing or new edible school garden. Annie’s Garden application is now open. Read their FAQ’s in full and review the application here. The application period ends November 2, 2020. Recipients will be notified in February, 2021.

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.

The New Nutrition Facts Label: What’s Changed and What’s Been Updated

Date/Time: October 22, 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Description: FDA’s Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition (CFSAN), the Federal agency responsible for the Nutrition Facts label, as well as the nutrition education and outreach related to the label, will take you “behind the label” to share background on the changes and provide an in-depth tour of the updated Nutrition Facts label. CFSAN staff will also share educational materials and resources on the updated Nutrition Facts label for both health professionals and consumers
Registration Information:

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


Nutrition and Health Info Sheets

Description: Nutrition and Health Info Sheets contain up-to-date information about nutrition, health, and food and are produced by Dr. Rachel Scherr and her research staff. 

Three new info sheets on the following topics are now available: Source: UC Davis Center for Nutrition in Schools and CalFresh Healthy Living, UC

Seasoned, The Inspired Cooking Magazine for Adults Newsletter #12

Description: In this issue Chop Chop Family features recipes including a warming Black Bean Soup.
Source: Chop Chop Family

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.

Smart & Final Charitable Foundation

Organization: Smart & Final
Description: The Smart & Final Charitable Foundation supports nonprofit organizations that work to improve the quality of life in the communities the company serves in Arizona, California, and Nevada. The Foundation's areas of interest include health and wellness, education, hunger relief, disaster relief, and team sports and youth development. Counties interested in applying must partner with a 501 (c)3 organization to qualify.
Deadline: Requests may be submitted throughout the year

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

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.

Study Shows Food Banks Work as Intended

Author/Organization: Agri-News Publications
Summary: Millions of Americans vulnerable to hunger receive support from public food assistance programs, including the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program. A new study from the University of Illinois explores the relationship between public and private food assistance, concluding both types are important for meeting the needs of food insecure households. Read more.

Early School Sports Reduce ADHD Symptoms Years Later for Girls

Author/Organization: HealthDay News
Summary: A study in the journal Preventive Medicine found girls who regularly played organized sports in elementary school were less likely to have symptoms of attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder at age 12, compared with girls who did not consistently participate in sports. Read more.
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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