Harvest of the Month Nutrition Education Wellness Champions
What is Harvest of the Month? (HOM) • Federally-funded program; • Implemented through the Network for a Healthy California grant; • Offered to low-resource school districts.
Why HOM? • Increase students’ access to fresh fruits and vegetables. • Increase students’ knowledge of and familiarity with the rich agricultural bounty of California. • Potential to positively change eating and activity behaviors.
Criteria for HOM Fruits and Vegetables • California grown; • In-season during the month featured; • Represents a variety of colorful fruits and vegetables; • Familiar to children; • Affordable when purchased in season; • Easy to use for classroom taste testing; • Recommended by school produce buyers for seasonal availability and cost. • Aligned with Network for a Healthy California Campaigns and Programs.
Components of HOM Program Taste Test Nutrition Education Resources
Components of HOM Program Taste Test • 6 Taste Tests this year: • November – Persimmon • January – Mandarin • February – Broccoli • March – Peas • April – Greens • May – Strawberries
Components of HOM Program – Nutrition Education • Differs from Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program; • Nutrition Education elements • Educator Newsletter • Family Newsletter • Workbooks • Posters • Calendars • Fruit and Vegetable cards
HOM Wellness Champion Tasks5th Grade Assessment • Facilitate the 5th Grade Pre-assessment in October (and then the post-assessment in late May/June). • Determine baseline understanding of healthy eating and physical activity and then any growth over the year.
HOM Wellness Champion TasksNutrition Activity Data • Track the minutes devoted to the HOM Nutrition Education Program. • Key task for grant accountability.
HOM Wellness Champion TasksTaste Test Facilitation • 6 times per year you will facilitate the Taste Test. • Logistical details…..
HOM Wellness Champion TasksNutrition Education • Distribute Educator Newsletter to teachers at your site for every taste test. • Treasure Hunt…
HOM Wellness Champion TasksNutrition Education • Family Newsletter -- some translated versions are available at: http://www.harvestofthemonth.cdph.ca.gov/EdCorner/translated-newsletter.asp
HOM Wellness Champion TasksNutrition Education • Workbooks – K-5 • Additional blank pages inserted for nutrition-related prompts and/or classroom connections.
HOM Wellness Champion TasksNutrition Education • Calendars (coming in January); • Stickers (for K-2 students only); • Nutrition lessons on OUSD Website: www.ousd.k12.ca.us/nutritioneducation • Re-Think Your Drink materials – next meeting in February.
Advantages of Site-Facilitated HOM • Conversations about Nutrition – on-going. • Integrate with other school-wide or classroom-wide events/activities. • Cafeteria connections and Produce Market connections.
HOM Wellness Champion TasksBEYOND • HOM Updates at staff meetings; • HOM bulletin board (Updated for each new produce item); • HOM-integrated activities at school events – publicize, positively reinforce and spotlight participants who integrate HOM in classroom and beyond; • Document success stories (photos, articles, etc.)
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