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Humboldt County Office of Education: Program Descriptions – Nutrition Services

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Nutrition Education Program Descriptions

Harvest of the Month

The goals of Harvest of the Month are to promote reading and to increase enjoyment and consumption of fruits and vegetables. Over 175 local K-5 grade teachers participate in this program where their students have the opportunity to taste and explore a different fruit or vegetable each month. Along with the featured produce, teachers receive an educator packet that includes a newsletter with ties to curricular areas such as mathematics, science, art, reading and history. In addition, teachers receive a grade appropriate book highlighting the featured produce making a strong connection to literacy.

Farm Field Trips

Farm fieldtrips bring students directly in touch with local agriculture. The fieldtrips are designed to connect kids to healthy food in authentic ways ultimately inspiring them to eat more fruits and vegetables. Children learn about where food comes from through hands-on garden based education and enhance their understanding of agriculture and nutrition through cooking and tasting experiences in the garden.

After School Based Nutrition Education Programs

An extension of classroom-based Harvest of the Month, in the after school program students are given additional opportunities to try the monthly featured produce again prepared in a new way. The goal being that the more children are exposed to a food, the more they are likely to taste it and integrate into a part of their diet. Each month a recipe featuring the Harvest of the Month produce and all necessary ingredients and supplies are delivered to participating programs. Additional nutrition education and physical activity components are modeled at the monthly Redwood After School Network meetings.

Classroom Celebrations

Classroom celebrations that commonly take place during the school year are an excellent time to help reinforce healthy eating habits and support school wellness policies. Two to three times per school year, HCOE supports school wellness by assisting teachers participating in Harvest of the Month with classroom celebrations that model healthy eating and physical activity. Past classroom celebrations have included Valentines Day, Cinco de Mayo, Chinese New Year, and the winter holidays.

Power Play!

The Power Play! program compliments Harvest of the Month. The program is designed to teach 9-11 year old children the importance of eating fruits and vegetables and being physically active every day. HCOE staff assists 4th and 5th grade teachers in conducting a minimum of five lesson plans with links to the California Content Standards. Classroom cooking experiences allow students to practice cooking skills in preparing simple recipes incorporating fruits and vegetables found in Kids Get Cookin…cookbook and other resources.

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