Health & Wellness Newsletter – Who’s at the Table?
October 25, 2022
October is National Farm to School Month! This month is dedicated to celebrate food education, schools gardens, and lunch trays filled with healthy, local ingredients.
It takes many people to get food from the farm to the school table – from the farmers and farmworkers who grew the food, to the people who processed and delivered the food, to the school food service staff who purchased and prepared the food. Likewise, students and parents are vital advocates for school food.
We envision a food system where no one is left out, where everyone can get nourishing food. If we want to build this, we must lift up the perspectives of the people at each step of the food value chain, especially being intentional to center those who are not always recognized or valued despite being vital parts of this ecosystem. This year’s National Farm to School Month celebrates people who play roles at different parts of the food system and how their efforts are guided by six key values:
- Economic justice
- Environmental justice
- Health impact
- Prioritizing racial equity
- Animal welfare
- Respecting workers and educators
Explore the bountiful collection of resources that explores all of the people that make up this ecosystem, as well as how they all work together so that people and communities all win:
The Children’s Partnership, the California Children’s Trust, and the Georgetown Center on Poverty and Inequality have partnered together on a report entitled Reimagining Medi-Cal: Collaborating with Families and Communities to Advance Child Health Equity. This report highlights the role that social drivers play in shaping a child’s health and well-being. Recent reforms to Medi-Cal promise better serving the whole child’s health. The report recommends that success to this promise is rooted in collaboration between managed care organizations and community partners:
- Community collaboratives for health working cross-sector;
- Community-based organizations (CBOs) serving children/families; and
- Families and youth themselves
Register for the National CACFP Association’s Power of the Food Program! Learn how the CACFP contributes to nutrition security and why you should participate. Get practical training on serving healthy meals. Discover ideas and resources you can use in your program immediately.
Registration for the 2023 National Child Nutrition Conference is now open!
April 10 - 14, 2023; San Diego, CA
Registration for the 2023 National Child Nutrition Conference is now open! This conference is for professionals from child care centers, home providers, sponsoring organizations, school districts, afterschool programs, Head Start programs, Food Banks, tribal nations, and State Agencies. Take advantage of their early bird rate and register today!
On September 28, 2022 the Biden-Harris Administration hosted a White House Conference on Hunger, Nutrition, and Health. At the conference, a bold national strategy that outlines steps the federal government and other stakeholders will take to end hunger and reduce diet-related disease by increasing healthy eating and physical activity in the U.S. by 2030 was announced.
Watch the recording of the conference here.
The FDA has issued new guidance to expand availability and access to naloxone for harm reduction programs. The guidance clarifies a public health emergency exclusion and exemption from requirements of the Drug Supply Chain Security Act (DSCSA) regarding the distribution of FDA-approved naloxone products to harm reduction programs.
October is Youth Substance Use Prevention Month. The need for prevention has never been greater. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration (SAMHSA) has compiled resources on how you can help keep the youth in your community safe.
Activate, a collaboration between Child Trends, Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago, and Health Teen Network, has created a multitude of resources that translates adolescent sexual and reproductive health research into accessible practices resources: