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Start Simple with MyPlate

Kick start your school year by eating healthy - make it simple with MyPlate!  MyPlate makes it easy to get tips, ideas and a personalized plan to meet your food group targets. Find what works for you and your family with food preferences, health goals, and budget. Start your healthy eating journey today! 

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OST Fosters Positive Environment for Children’s Health

Active and engaged learning benefits can happen beyond the regular school day. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Out-of-School Time (OST) enhances children’s well-being and academic achievement by providing an additional safe and nurturing environment for children to learn and play. Visit the Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child (WSCC) model to learn more. 

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Afterschool Programs Promoting Healthy Eating and Physical Activity
A Report from: America After 3PM

America After 3PM has recently released a special report titled: “Kids on the Move: Afterschool Programs Promoting Healthy Eating and Physical Activity.”  This report focuses on the role that after school programs play to support the health and wellness of students. The findings are based on survey responses from parents from over 30,000 households nationwide.

To download the full report, click here

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USDA Nutrition Education Kit

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has recently announced the release of their “Grow It, Try It, Like It” Nutrition Education Kit for Child and Adult Care Food Program providers to use to educate kids on healthy nutritional habits through interactive activities. With seven booklets filled with hands-on lesson plans about fruits and vegetables, this kit incorporates MyPlate and can be used by program providers as well as families to introduce children to nutrition education. 

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Register Your School Now for the JUST RUN Program!

Schools and youth organizations nationwide are invited to register for the JUST RUN program for the 2014-15 school year. This free, web-based fitness program helps educators combat childhood obesity by offering strategies and incentives for advocating for healthy fitness, nutritional, and lifestyle habits for children. Utilized by over 11,000 students this program has many features including clinics, marathons, an anti-drug program, and nutritional education. Not only is the JUST RUN program easy to implement, but it also can be used at before, after, and during school programs. 

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CA Public Health Advocacy Organization

The California Center for Public Health Advocacy (CCPHA) is a nonpartisan nonprofit organization that raises awareness about critical public health issues and mobilizes communities to promote the establishment of effective state and local health policies. CCPHA was established in 1999 by California’s two public health associations – SCPHA and CPHA-N. Click here for CCPHA’s 2009 Annual Report.

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California Project LEAN
Leaders Encouraging Activity and Nutrition)

California Project LEAN (Leaders Encouraging Activity and Nutrition) (CPL) is a joint program of the California Department of Public Health and the Public Health Institute focusing on youth empowerment, policy and environmental change strategies, and community-based solutions. CPL’s mission is to increase healthy eating and physical activity to reduce the prevalence of obesity and chronic diseases such as heart disease, cancer, stroke, osteoporosis, and diabetes.