By: Rachel Bonachea
SACRAMENTO, Calif. – May 4, 2021 – Dairy Council of California, a nutrition education organization committed to elevating the health of children and families, is celebrating National Teacher Appreciation Week, May 3-7, by honoring four outstanding California educators with the Let’s Eat Healthy Leadership Award.
Now in its second year, the award is part of the Let’s Eat Healthy Educator Recognition Program, which identifies, engages and celebrates California educators committed to improving the health of their students and school community through nutrition education. The Let’s Eat Healthy Leadership Award recognizes and honors outstanding educators who embody the spirit of the program, specifically educators who go above and beyond as advocates for student health, teaching nutrition education in the classroom and dedicating their time to supporting healthier students.
“Many educators have worked around the clock during the COVID-19 pandemic to support students, families and the entire school community,” said Tracy Mendez, registered dietitian nutritionist and program director of nutrition education at Dairy Council of California. “During National Teacher Appreciation Week, it is more important than ever to acknowledge all of the amazing educators working to provide students with education and enrichment, whether that be in-person, remotely or a combination of the two. We are proud to celebrate and recognize a few who have successfully integrated nutrition education into their school day, especially during these challenging times, with the Let’s Eat Healthy Leadership Award.”
This year’s Let’s Eat Healthy Leadership Award recipients were selected because of their innovation, passion and dedication to educating, inspiring and empowering their students to excel academically through traditional and non-traditional instruction, physically through nutrition education and health, and socially through relationship and skill building. Recipients intentionally integrated nutrition education into their curriculum using complementary subjects to support student health and well-being. Congratulations to this year’s Let’s Eat Healthy Leadership Award recipients:
“Educators are key influencers in the lives of their students,” says Mendez. “By teaching nutrition education in the classroom, students are able to learn the important role foods play in their lives and how to make healthier food choices. Nutrition education teaches valuable life skills and enables students to build a strong foundation for good health that will last a lifetime.”
Dairy Council of California provides free, science-based nutrition education resources to teach healthy eating and empower healthier students and families. The Let’s Eat Healthy Educator Recognition Program is part of Let’s Eat Healthy™, a movement launched by Dairy Council of California to empower healthier communities. Funded by California dairy farmers and processors as a philanthropic contribution to elevate the health of children and communities throughout the state, Dairy Council of California is 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 over a 100 years.
Learn more about this year’s Let’s Eat Healthy leaders, the recognition program and how to access free nutrition programs and resources by visiting HealthyEating.org/NutritionAdvocacy.
About Dairy Council of California
For over 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.
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