By: Jammie Lam
When longtime partners CalFresh Healthy Living Program of Santa Clara County Public Health Department and University of California Cooperative Extension (UCCE) needed support to continue implementing Dairy Council of California’s 4th and 5th grade curriculum in a virtual school environment, we worked together to develop a sustainable solution that would meet the needs of teachers and community educators. Together we co-created a comprehensive and versatile educational video series that supports teachers and educators in facilitating nutrition education in synchronous or asynchronous learning. This partnership leveraged the expertise of community partners to successfully develop high-quality content for direct education with the potential to reach schools throughout California and beyond.
Let’s Eat Healthy Nutrition Lessons is an educational video series that helps make teaching healthy eating easier. Episodes range in length from 3 to 11 minutes and can be viewed as standalone episodes or in the suggested order to align with the Dairy Council of California 4th and 5th grade curriculum. Both students and family members or caregivers can benefit from the nutrition information, as it aligns with current Dietary Guidelines for Americans.
Let’s Eat Healthy Nutrition Lessons was created with students and families in mind and are inclusive of different home and cultural environments. All videos are compliant with Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) standards and select episodes offer interactive student activities and optional family homework to reinforce nutrition messages at home. In one episode, viewers are invited to participate in a fun scavenger hunt to find various household items or food products with a nutrition facts label, although students without the option to participate can simply watch and follow along.
The video series launched December 2020. View the new educational playlist and subscribe to our YouTube channel at YouTube.com/HealthyEating. To order nutrition education curriculum or learn more about the Let’s Eat Healthy movement, visit HealthyEating.org.
Jammie is a Community Nutrition Adviser in the South Bay Area and Northern Central Valley region.
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