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CalFresh Healthy Living, UC
Active News Beet

January 26, 2021

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
Website Updates
Research and Articles of Interest

Juicy Bites from the Field 

“Thank you so much for our nutrition lesson today! I love how you incorporated Nearpod to keep all students engaged and allow for our lower students to have a visual reference. I love how they were able to respond virtually and have instant poll results for nutrition choices. Great first day! Looking forward to tomorrow."
 — Partnering with Schools to Meet the Pandemic Challenge
    Teacher at Madison Elementary, Fresno & Madera Counties


New Program Directive 2021-01: Change in Mileage Reimbursement Rate

Effective January 1, 2021, the University’s mileage reimbursement rate for expenses incurred in connection with the use of a private automobile has been revised in accordance with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) standard mileage rates published in IRS Notice 2021-02. Employees may claim a mileage reimbursement rate of 56 cents per mile when using their personal vehicle for authorized CFHL, UC business travel. This represents a decrease from the previous year’s rate.
The new CFHL, UC Program Directive and updated CFHL, UC Mileage Log are available for download from the CFHL, UC website. Please share this information with your staff.

Child Nutrition Advisory Council Member Recruitment 2021

The California Department of Education Nutrition Services Division is recruiting members for the State Superintendent of Public Instruction’s Child Nutrition Advisory Council (CNAC). The following positions are open for recruitment:
  • School Board Member
  • Curriculum Coordinator
  • Food Service Supervisor/Manager
  • Food Service Director
  • Nutrition Education Specialist
  • Parent–Teacher Association (PTA) or Organization (PTO) Representative
  • Lay Person
Additional information is located at (scroll down to the heading “Member Application Information” to find a link to the application). The application also explains about the CNAC, the open positions, time commitment, and more.
The application must be received via email by Friday, February 12, 2021, 5PM. Applications dated or time-stamped on or before but received after February 12, 2021 will not be accepted.

CalFresh Healthy Living Peer Exchange Program

Are you looking for ideas or assistance from your LIA peers around the state? Are you able to share your knowledge with your LIA peers? If so, the Peer Exchange Program can connect you with an LIA peer via phone call or web-based call! The Peer Exchange Program can:
  • Connect you with another agency working on the same topic or same setting
  • Help coordinate, plan, and facilitate your exchange
  • Provide conference call lines or web-based meeting software
CDPH is currently recruiting Peer Exchange Program LIA Mentors and Mentees!

2021 ASNNA Conference Save the Date!

Date/Time: February 1-3, 2021
Description: The Association of SNAP Nutrition Education Administrators (ASNNA) is a professional organization for SNAP Nutrition Education administrators who are dedicated to improving the nutritional status of SNAP recipients and those eligible for SNAP-Ed. The goal of the 2021 conference will focus on promoting equity in SNAP-Ed and best practices for adapting programming during COVID-19. The conference website is live. If you have questions about the 2021 ASNNA Conference, please feel free to email

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:

COVID-19 Updates and Resources

COVID-19 Equity and Access Checklist

Developed by the COVID-19 Equity and Access Workgroup, the purpose of the checklist is to identify strategies to ensure all SNAP-Ed eligible communities have access to the distance learning resources that we develop. Use this "internal" tool as a guide for your conversations with your stakeholders to assess their needs and ways that CFHL, UCCE can support them. The checklist is posted in the COVID-19 Equity and Access Workgroup Box folder here.
Source: COVID-19 Equity and Access Workgroup

CalFresh Healthy Living Statewide Trainings for LIAs

On behalf of CalFresh Healthy Living, we are pleased to announce upcoming virtual trainings available to appropriate staff from CalFresh Healthy Living state and local implementing agencies in California. For more information on each training, click on the titles in the training flyer. For more information or questions on a specific training, please contact the Statewide Training and Support Section at CalFresh Healthy Living Statewide Training.
Source: CalFresh Healthy Living

CalFresh Healthy Living, UC In Action!

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

CFHL, UCCE Santa Clara Recieves Recognition From District

Campbell Unified School District recognized CFHL, UCCE Santa Clara County at a recent board meeting for continued activities in the district. This includes seedling distributions for home gardens, indirect education, direct education, and PSE work related to school meals. This district relationship has remained strong in spite of COVID challenges.

CFHL, UCCE Shasta Cluster Offers Teachers Lesson Packets

To bring healthy education back into the classroom, the Shasta Cluster is re-energizing classrooms by offering teachers lesson packets that coordinate Healthy Living campaigns such as Health Awareness Campaigns and celebratory events such as Rethink Your Drink Day, National Breakfast Week, Sleep Awareness Month, Physical Fitness Promotion, Sport Month, and Earth Day with curriculum.

Each grade level has a flyer featuring four lessons from the grade specific curriculum highlighting key features: planting, sleep, physical activity, breakfast, and healthy beverages. The teacher can enroll in the CalFresh Healthy Living, UCCE program and select the lesson packet/s they wish to receive. Packets will come equipped with materials needed to carry out the activities as well as lesson enhancements to excite their students including stickers, pencils, bookmarks, and extra promotional materials.
1st Grade Teacher Lesson Packets

Health and Wellness Corner

Quick 5 Minute Meditation to Relax and Recharge by Breethe

Active Classrooms 101

Date/Time: February 3, 12:00 - 12:30 PM
Description: This webinar hosted by Action for Healthy Kids will provide an overview of active classrooms, including the definition, benefits, and strategies for getting young people up and moving in in-person and virtual environments.
Registration Information:

Integrating Movement for All: Physical Activity and Youth with Disability

Date/Time: February 8, 12:00 - 12:30 PM
Description: This webinar will help attendees to recognize and identify inclusion elements and strategies to ensure the participation of youth with disabilities during physical activity in classroom or virtual learning settings.
Registration Information:

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.  

Maple-Glazed Turnips Recipe

Kick 2021 into gear and start this year off with something new. Encourage friends, family, and students to try Turnips! These beauties are low calorie, fat free, cholesterol free, and rich in Vitamin C. Choose young, small bulbs as they are the most tender and sweetest. They should feel firm and heavy with crisp green tops. Need a great recipe, click here for Maple-Glazed Turnips. You’ll be glad you did! 

Gardening Under Lights with Kids

Date/Time: February 4, 4:00 - 5:00 PM
Description: Do you love gardening with kids but feel challenged by space availability or weather? Gardening indoors under lights might be the perfect solution! Join KidsGardening’s Senior Education Specialist, Sarah Pounders, and Leslie Halleck, Horticultural Expert, and author of “Gardening Under Lights” as they simplify successful indoor gardening with lights and explain how you can engage kids in this fun and educational activity. Registration costs are $8.
Registration Information:

Conferences and Training Opportunities

Trauma Informed Approaches with Nutrition Education

Date/Time: January 27, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Description: Attendees will receive trauma informed strategies and tools for managing behaviors in an educational setting while helping children along the path to healthy connection and functioning.  
Zoom Information:

Youth Engagement Office Hour

Date/Time: February 4, 10:00 - 11:00 AM
Topic: College and Career Readiness and Pathways in Youth Engagement Programs
Zoom Information:

Introducing the Let’s Eat Healthy: Teens Curriculum for Direct Education

Date/Time: February 4, 2:00 - 3:00 PM
Description: This webinar presented by The Dairy Council of California will cover how to deliver this nutrition education curriculum virtually and how this newly updated lesson series can support your work. The presentation will feature a classroom teacher and guide attendees through the lesson components. Implementing the slide decks, videos, readings, polls, and quizzes to maximize student engagement will also be covered.
Zoom Information:

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.

2021 Gro More Good Grassroots Grant

Organization: The Scotts Miracle-Gro Foundation and KidsGardening
Description: The 2021 GroMoreGood Grassroots Grant is designed to bring the life-enhancing benefits of gardens to communities across the United States. Awards provide funding for the development of new and expansion of existing youth garden programs and greenspaces serving 15 or more youth. Winners will be selected based on their commitment to the maintenance and sustainability of their garden program including plans for growth and future fiscal stability.
Deadline: February 5, 2021

Team Nutrition Taste of CA Recipe Challenge

Organization: California Department of Education
Description: The Taste of CA Challenge grant will provide $8,500 to $24,000 to school food authorities to develop standardized recipes featuring CA locally grown products for school meal service. The award will also support participation in regional training and professional learning, as well as implementation of nutrition education, food literacy, and community engagement activities.
Deadline: February 11, 2021

Website Updates

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

Success Story Tip Sheet Updated for COVID-19

Please check out the updated Success Story Tip Sheet.

FFY21 Evaluation Resources

Please check out the updated FFY21 Evaluation Resources and new youth evaluation tools posted on our website or coming soon.

Youth Evaluation Tools - 4th and Higher Grades

What Did You Learn? (WDYL)Available on website!
  • The What Did You Learn? qualitative retrospective two question survey was designed to collect open-ended information about any changes in dietary and physical activity knowledge and behaviors from students in grades 4th and higher. You can use this survey in schools or other settings where at least two sessions (but ideally more) of series based direct education are delivered virtually using approved CalFresh Healthy Living (CFHL) curricula. WDYL English SurveyAdministration ProtocolAdministration PPT slidesWDYL Qualtrics Survey-English
Youth Intent to Change (Y-ITC) Coming Soon!
  • The Youth Intent to Change retrospective survey was designed to collect information about any changes in dietary and physical activity knowledge and behaviors from students in grades 4th and higher. You can use this survey in schools or other settings where at least four sessions (but ideally more) of series based direct education are delivered virtually using approved CalFresh Healthy Living (CFHL) curricula.

Youth Evaluation Tools - Middle School and High School (Grades 6+)

Eating and Activity Tool for Students (EATS) – Available on website!
  • Please use the CalFresh Healthy Living, UC SMART Objectives to identify which of the three EATS modules (e.g., Fruits and Vegetables (FV), Sweetened Beverages and Water (SB), and/or Physical Activity (PA)) are most appropriate to administer to evaluate the diverse series-based direct education and PSE interventions you deliver. You can use the new EATS-MS/HS survey with middle or high school students in schools or other settings where at least six sessions of series-based direct education are delivered virtually over four or more weeks. EATS-MS/HS English SurveyAdministration ProtocolAdministration PPT slidesEATS-MS/HS Qualtrics Survey-English
See this Update on the UC State Office Website

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.

The 2020-2025 Dietary Guidelines for Americans

Author/Organization: U.S. Department of Agriculture and U.S. Department of Health and Human Services 
Summary: The USDA has released the 2020-2025 Dietary Guidelines for Americans, our national nutrition guidance document that comes out just once every five years. For the first time, dietary advice for infant, toddler, and maternal and breastfeeding populations has been included in the Dietary Guidelines for Americans.

Studies Suggest Vaccinated People Protected From New COVID-19 Variants

Author/Organization: Maggie Fox/CNN
Summary: New research provides reassuring evidence that people vaccinated against coronavirus will be protected against emerging new variants of the virus. Two teams tested two of the new variants against blood taken from people who had received the full two-course dose of either the Moderna or the Pfizer vaccine. Read more.
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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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