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CalFresh Healthy Living, UC
Active News Beet

March 23, 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
Conferences and Training Opportunities
Employment Opportunities
Research and Articles of Interest

Juicy Bites from the Field 

“Thank you for these classes, I learned how to read the nutrition food labels. Now, I limit the amount of sugar and salt in my diet. Because of these healthy changes on my diet I was able to lose 7 pounds!"
 — Parent Group of Wilhelmina Henry Elementary School
   Parent, San Joaquin County

Upcoming Events and Deadlines

What's Up? Wednesday

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

Join Zoom Meeting:
Meeting ID: 976 4855 8601
Dial +1 669 900 6833 US (San Jose)

COVID-19 Updates and Resources

Guidance on Operating Child Care Programs During COVID-19

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released a resource for child care providers, Guidance for Operating Child Care Programs during COVID-19, that may be of interest.
The CDC is also releasing new Toolkits for Child Care Programs. These resources provide information to help child care professionals protect children, their families, and staff and slow the spread of COVID-19 and keep children healthy.
Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Get More at the Farmers Market Campaign Guide

The objective of the Farmers Market Campaign Guide is to help CalFresh participants purchase healthy seasonal fruits and vegetables at their local farmers market. The campaign focuses on increasing awareness about food and nutrition benefits that can be used at local farmers markets. 
Source: CalFresh Healthy Living

Apply to Become a Market Match Partner

The Ecology Center is still accepting applications for new Market Match partners! The Market Match program provides additional money to customers who spend their CalFresh benefits at participating farm-direct sites. If you think your certified farmers' market, CSA, and/or farm stand would be a great fit for the Market Match program, now is your time to apply! Ecology Center will be accepting applications until Friday, March 26th, 2021.
Please visit the Partner Application page to access the application and instructions. 
Source: Ecology Center

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 will be presenting this cookbook with a community member in the May CFHL, UC Town Hall.
Source: Borrego Health

Parent/Teacher and Administrative Flyers

This is a reminder that the COVID-19 Promotional Materials Workgroup developed a Parent/Teacher Flyer and an Administrative Flyer for CFHL, UCCE staff.
Source: COVID-19 Promotional Materials Workgroup

USDA Extends Free Meals to Children Through Summer 2021 Due to Pandemic

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced the nationwide extension of several waivers that allow all children to continue to receive nutritious meals this summer when schools are out of session. This is available through Sept. 30, 2021.
Source: USDA

CalFresh Healthy Living, UC In Action!

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

Kings County Provides Garden-Based Afterschool Education

CalFresh Healthy Living, UCCE Kings County has partnered with the READY after school program to provide garden-based education to K-6th graders. Using a combination of virtual class instruction, videos, and online activities the two longstanding partners proved that distance learning can be fun and educational!
CFHL, UCCE Nutrition Educators Sue Lafferty and Eldon Bueno prepared and delivered 450 garden kits for nine READY after school sites. Program coordinators, tutors, and school staff joined efforts to ensure a meaningful learning experience for all students. To further enhance the garden experience, Sue shared healthy recipes for students to try at home. One tutor made videos for the READY blog where she created videos preparing healthy recipes in advance and the students were able to follow along with the visuals. To add more creativity, the office staff also prepared and shared videos on how to grow seeds and maintain garden beds at the school site.
The children had fun learning about where food comes from and how to use their lettuce in healthy recipes.  One student shared “I learned that making healthy choices can be from the store and also from your garden. You can plant a garden and grow food at home!” Nathalia R., READY student, Roosevelt Elementary.
Teachers also demonstrated enthusiasm to integrate the garden kits into their lessons. One teacher shared: “Whatever you can provide I will utilize in my lesson plans.” One tutor shared: “I learned that students really enjoy the learning process of healthy choices and getting the opportunity to plant their little seeds that sprouted into beautiful signs of life.”  Mr. Reyna, READY Tutor, Roosevelt Elementary.
(Left) Lettuce growing from seeds provided by CFHL, UCCE Kings County Team; (Right) READY after school student makes a healthy snack with lettuce grown from the garden

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

Lolita Quintero, Evaluation Analyst II

Lolita Quintero has joined the CalFresh Healthy Living, UC State Office as an Evaluation Analyst. She will be contributing to various evaluation activities related to the collection, analysis, summary, and presentation of evaluation results and program information.  
Lolita has over 15 years of data management experience with UC Davis. Prior to joining the State Office, Lolita was a clinical registry analyst for the UC Davis Medical Center, Heart Center. She was also previously the data manager for the California Families Project at UC Davis, which is the most comprehensive longitudinal study of Mexican-origin families in the United States. Raised in Kern County, Lolita majored in Microbiology and Chicana/o Studies at the University of California, Davis.
In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her French bulldogs, hiking, and running.
Lolita Quintero and Zoe

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.  

Light Makes Our Gardens Grow

Have you ever wondered how much sun your vegetable garden needs to be successful? When discussing this topic, there is no one answer. Some vegetables require full sunlight, while others need a combination of sunlight and shade. As a general rule, fruiting vegetables need 8 hours of direct sunlight, root vegetables need 6 hours of direct sunlight, and green/leafy vegetables need 4 hours of direct sunlight. Sunlight plays a very important role in the process of photosynthesis with all types of plants. We all know that the plant will collect carbon dioxide from the air and combine it with moisture from the soil, but the plant needs sunlight to have enough energy to make it all happen. Always consider the location of the garden and the frequency of sunlight that shines directly on the plot of land. The energy provided by the sun to any vegetable in your garden will ultimately determine whether the plant grows correctly or shrivels and dies.

“A day without sunshine is like, you know, night.” – Steve Martin

Whole Kids Foundation Garden Grant Application Open

Application Window:  February 15 – March 31, 2021
Kids who grow veggies, eat veggies, so school gardens can make a big difference.
This garden grant program provides a $3,000 monetary grant to support a new or existing edible educational garden located at either a:
  • K-12 School
  • 501(c)3 non-profit organizations that serve children in the K-12 grade range
Click here for eligibility information and application.

Conferences and Training Opportunities

Webinar: 2020-2025 Dietary Guidelines for Americans

Date/Time: March 25, 2:30 - 3:30 PM
Description: In the webinar, we will summarize the key recommendations from the new Dietary Guidelines, discuss important changes from the previous Dietary Guidelines, and discuss how the DGA impacts nutrition education messaging. We also invite you to submit questions in advance about the new DGA. Zoom Information:

Youth Engagement Office Hour

Date/Time: April 1, 10:00 - 11:00 AM
Topic: Mid-Year Check-In: Program Sharing
Zoom Information:

FFY 2022 Budget Form Training Webinar

Date/Time: April 5, 2:00 - 3:30 PM
Description: The CalFresh Healthy Living Team at the California Department of Social Services (CDSS) will be providing a training for the Federal Fiscal Year (FFY) 2022 Budget. 
Beginning on April 5th, 2021, the Budget form for FFY 2022 will be available for completion within the CalFresh Healthy Living SharePoint website. 
This training webinar will provide an overview of the budget process, as well as a live demonstration of the Budget form components.
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:

Employment Opportunities

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

Garden Coordinator, Community Education Specialist II

Classification/Title: Garden Coordinator / Community Education Specialist II
Location: Redding
Duties/Responsibilities: The Garden Coordinator will perform the full range of program implementation duties in UCCE Shasta, Tehama, and Trinity Counties. The incumbent will be responsible for coordination, management, and delivery of education to community based adults and/or youth. This position's primary focus will be conducting, managing, and evaluating the garden and nutrition education program to improve the environment of the school and community.
Closing Date: April 7, 2021

Community Education Specialist II

Classification/Title: Community Education Specialist II
Location: Weaverville, Trinity County
Duties/Responsibilities: The Community Education Specialist II will perform the full range of program implementation duties in UCCE Trinity County. The incumbent will be responsible for coordination, management, and delivery of education to community based adults and/or youth. This position's primary focus will be conducting, managing, and evaluating the nutrition education program to improve the environment of the school and community. 
Closing Date: April 7, 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.

Pistachio Production Costs Outlined in UC Study

Author/Organization: Pamela Kan-Rice  / UC ANR Food Blog
Summary: The popularity of pistachios as a healthy snack continues to drive demand. California's pistachio crop was valued at $1.94 billion in 2019, according to the California Department of Food and Agriculture. For growers considering planting an orchard, the costs and returns of establishing and producing pistachios in the southern San Joaquin Valley are outlined in a new study by UC ANR's Agricultural Issues Center, UC Cooperative Extension and the UC Davis Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics. Read more

Report Shows Huge Drop in School Meal Counts for Country’s Largest Districts

Author/Organization: Mike Buzalka / Food Management
Summary: The COVID-19 pandemic caused a dramatic drop in meals provided by schools across the U.S., according to a new report from the Food Research & Action Center (FRAC) that studied 54 large school districts across the U.S. from October 2019 to October 2020. It showed a 54% drop in breakfasts and 70% drop in lunches from October 2019 to April 2020, with the surveyed school districts serving a combined total of 38.8 million breakfasts and 62.8 million lunches in October 2019, but just 17.7 million breakfasts and 18.8 million lunches in April 2020, the month following the shutdown for a majority of the country’s schools. Read more
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