By: Rachel Bonachea
SACRAMENTO, Calif. – May 4, 2020 – Dairy Council of California, a nutrition education organization committed to elevating the health of children and families, is celebrating National Teacher Appreciation Week, May 4-8, by launching the Let’s Eat Healthy Educator Recognition Program. The new program identifies, engages and celebrates California educators who proudly advocate for the health of their students and school community through nutrition education. The program also includes an award component, the Let’s Eat Healthy Leadership Award, which allows educators who embody the spirit of the program to be recognized by their peers and industry partners for teaching nutrition education in the classroom and demonstrating outstanding advocacy.
“With the COVID-19 pandemic top of mind for all of us, causing school closures and sheltering in place, the important role educators play in the lives of students and the commitment to seeing students succeed is more evident than ever,” said Tracy Mendez, registered dietitian nutritionist and program director of nutrition education at Dairy Council of California. “Distance learning is the new normal with teachers providing instruction remotely and parents, grandparents, caregivers and fellow students are asked to help fill in the gaps. By celebrating their successes, we can acknowledge and show appreciation to the challenges teachers overcome every day.”
In this inaugural year, Dairy Council of California is proud to celebrate all educators and honor the following four outstanding California educators with the Let’s Eat Healthy Leadership Award:
Dairy Council of California provides free, science-based nutrition education resources to teach healthy eating and empower healthier students and families. Funded by California dairy farmers and processors as a philanthropic contribution to elevating the health of children and communities throughout the state, Dairy Council of California is a nutrition education organization under the California Department of Food and Agriculture. The organization has proudly elevated the health of children and families through the pursuit of lifelong healthy eating habits for more than 100 years.
“Educators are key influencers in the lives of their students,” continued Mendez. “By teaching nutrition education, children learn the important role foods play in their lives and how to make healthier food choices. This enables them to build a strong foundation for good health starting at a young age that will last a lifetime.”
Learn more about this year’s Let’s Eat Healthy leaders, the Educator Recognition Program and how to access free nutrition programs and resources by visiting HealthyEating.org/NutritionAdvocacy.
For a century, Dairy Council of California has empowered stakeholders, including educators, health professionals and community leaders, to elevate the health of children and families through the pursuit of lifelong healthy eating habits. Funded by California’s dairy farm families and local milk processors and under the guidance of California Department of Food and Agriculture, Dairy Council of California’s free science-based nutrition education resources, Mobile Dairy Classroom assemblies, training programs and online resources educate millions of students and families in California and throughout the United States. Learn more at HealthyEating.org.