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Let’s Eat Healthy Nutrition Advocates

Congratulations to the following awardees for their contribution to community health through nutrition.

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The Let’s Eat Healthy Educator Recognition Program celebrates California educators who enable, inspire and motivate students to make healthier food choices and develop lifelong healthy eating habits. Dairy Council of California proudly recognizes the efforts of all educators who have made a positive difference in the health of their students within their school communities and beyond. We share their stories to highlight their efforts and inspire others.

2019-2020 Let's Eat Healthy Award Winners:

 

Michelle Mead

Kindergarten Teacher
Coeur d'Alene Avenue School
Venice, CA

A kindergarten teacher at Coeur d'Alene Avenue School in Venice, Calif., Michelle has incorporated nutrition education into her classroom curriculum since she began teaching three years ago. Learn more about Michelle why she teaches nutrition in her classroom and why she hopes to inspire others to do the same. She believes: 

Teaching nutrition to my young students creates a foundation for healthy eating habits and enables them to make healthier food choices when they are able and ready to make those decisions independently.

Why I Teach Nutrition Education with Michelle Mead

She believes that teaching nutrition to her students creates a foundation for healthy eating habits.

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Sheryl Miller

Kindergarten Teacher
Blanche Reynolds Elementary School
Ventura, CA

A kindergarten teacher at Blanche Reynolds Elementary School in Ventura, Calif., Sheryll has taught for over 24 years. She teaches nutrition education in her classroom because she believes it is vital for the success of her students. Learn more about Sheryl why she teaches nutrition in her classroom and why she hopes to inspire others to do the same. She shared: 

I teach Harvest of the Month and use Dairy Council of California’s nutrition curriculum, which complements those lessons so well. My students enjoy learning about different foods and how to eat healthfully, a vital life skill that will help them grow to their full potential.

Why I Teach Nutrition Education with Sheryl Miller

Sheryl teaches nutrition education because she believes it is vital for the success of her students.

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Michaela Nealy

1st Grade Teacher
Roosevelt Elementary
Stockton, CA

A first grade teacher at Roosevelt Elementary School in Stockton, Calif., Michelle has taught nutrition education to her students since she began teaching two years ago. Learn more about Michaela why she teaches nutrition in her classroom and why she hopes to inspire others to do the same. An educator at a Title I, culturally diverse school, she believes: 

The health of students matter because when kids come to school hungry and worried about when they will get their next meal, they are unable to pay attention in the classroom or learn. Nutrition education, when paired with food access, provide children with the security and knowledge needed to support them for academic and lifelong success.

Why I Teach Nutrition Education with Michaela Nealy

Michaela teaches nutrition because she is passionate about the health + well-being of her students.

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Chris Tamez

Physical Education Teacher
Peter J. Shields Elementary
Rancho Cordova, CA

A physical education teacher at Peter J Shields Elementary School in Rancho Cordova, Calif., Chris has taught for five years and incorporated nutrition education as part of the physical education curriculum for the past two years. Learn more about Chris why he teaches nutrition in his classroom and why he hopes to inspire others to do the same. A strong advocate for healthy students, he believes: 

Nutrition education is critical to student health. By teaching nutrition education as part of physical education, my students learn how to build the foundation for good health, which requires a healthy, nutritious diet as well as adequate amounts of physical activity.

Why I Teach Nutrition Education with Chris Tamez

Chris believes that nutrition education is critical to student health.

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2020-2021 Let's Eat Healthy Award Winners:

 

LEHAward_JamieBrownJaime Brown

TSA Physical Education, Health and Nutrition Teacher
Madera Unified School District
Madera, CA

Jaime Brown is a teacher on special assignment in Madera, California. As a teacher in the Central Valley for almost 15 years, Jaime has led nutrition and physical education efforts integrated with professional development to support districtwide health interventions with demonstrated success in her district, including a notable decrease in overweight/obesity rates and an increase in healthy behaviors among students. Jaime teaches nutrition education as part of the physical education curriculum because she believes it is an essential life skill all students should have. She is proud to support school gardens like the one at Maddison Elementary because teaching students ag literacy helps them make the connection between how food is grown and the food they see in the school cafeteria. She shared:

Nutrition education is applicable to all students and their everyday lives, providing a strong platform for project-based learning. Food is needed for survival. It brings people together and is something all students and their families can relate to.

Why I Teach Nutrition Education with Jaime Brown

Jamie believes nutrition and physical education are critical to supporting overall health.

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LEHAward_ScottBrownScott Brown

Physical Education Teacher
Gaston Middle School
Fresno, CA

Scott Brown is a physical education teacher in Fresno, California. Scott transformed traditional lessons into a digital education platform to ensure nutrition remained part of the physical education curriculum. Leaning on technology and the trust he builds with his students, he improves their lives. Using nutrition education as a tool, he not only teaches healthy eating habits but also identifies and connects students to resources to ensure they have access to the healthful foods he teaches about in his classroom. He uses Nearpod, an educational platform, to creatively integrate nutrition curriculum as part of physical education to provide his students with a hands-on, interactive experience. Through this process, he was able to identify which of his students lacked the proper access to food. This inspired him to partner with the school district’s food services department and a local church to create a food assistance program. Scott believes all educators should expand classroom instruction to include health and nutrition. He believes it is absolutely vital to preparing students to live healthier, better lives. Not only should educators teach nutrition education, they should make sure students are able to grasp it, learn it and apply it in their lives. He shared:

I teach nutrition education in my classroom to prepare my students and enable them to lead healthy, balanced and happy lives. I know the important role nutrition plays on health, and I want my students to have the knowledge they need to live successful lives.

Why I Teach Nutrition Education with Scott Brown

Scott believes all educators should expand classroom instruction to include health and nutrition.

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LEHAward_ChristianManaloChristian Manalo

Middle and High School Physical Education Teacher
Legacy Magnet Academy
Tustin, CA

Christian Manalo is a physical education teacher in Tustin, California. Christian incorporates nutrition education into his curriculum because he believes it is a vital component of overall health. To support healthier students, he collaborated with his physical education team to develop a student-led nutrition podcast to inspire healthier eating habits peer-to-peer and beyond to families and the entire school community. He believes that physical education and nutrition are the building blocks to overall health and wellness. By utilizing technology to inspire student learning and instill passion for a healthy lifestyle, Christian was able to inspire students to create a platform to empower healthier eating habits for fellow students, families and the entire school community. Teaching nutrition as a component of physical education, Christian is able to build strong relationships with his students. He believes: 

Physical education and nutrition are the building blocks to overall health and wellness. Nutrition greatly contributes to overall health, and by teaching it to students earlier in life, they are better equipped to develop healthy habits that will support lifelong health.

Why I Teach Nutrition Education with Christian Manalo

Christian teaches nutrition education because he believes it is a vital component of overall health.

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LEHAward_PamelaStephensonPamela Stephenson

2nd Grade Teacher
Cram Elementary School
Highland, CA

Pamela Stephenson is a second grade teacher in Highland, California. For the last 25 years, Pamela has taught nutrition as part of her classroom curriculum, incorporating hands-on activities like soup making and food tasting into her lessons to bring to life the importance and applicability of nutrition. This allows her students to experience and describe foods using their senses, build self-awareness and social-emotional intelligence, and create positive community experiences. She loves teaching nutrition because she believes it is an essential life skill that empowers students. She is a strong advocate for Dairy Council of California’s nutrition resources because they are free, science-based and integrate common core standards, social-emotional learning. This makes it easy to teach while also meeting the needs of her students. She believes: 

Nutrition education builds a strong foundation for student health, helping students make the connection between the food they eat and their health. By teaching students why nutrition is important and how to make healthier food choices earlier in life, they are able to use this knowledge to help them for the rest of their lives.

Why I Teach Nutrition Education with Pamela Stephenson

Pamela loves teaching nutrition because she believes it is an essential life skill.

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These four outstanding educators are recognized for their passion and their efforts in elevating the health of their students and school community by incorporating nutrition education in their curriculum. We appreciate their great work and ongoing commitment to student health!

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Nutrition education resources for any grade designed by teachers and registered dietitians.