The California Action for Healthy Kids Team is dedicated to promoting school wellness, increasing academic achievement, and preventing childhood obesity. We collaborate with numerous state partners to improve student health so school age children can achieve their full academic potential and develop healthy habits that will last a lifetime. This year we are focusing on the importance of school breakfast and continuing to support schools to implement their local school wellness policies (LSWP). With the national office, we offer funding opportunities and technical assistance to schools; educate parents, teachers and others; and raise awareness about opportunities for obesity prevention in school settings.
Member agencies of the California State Team Executive Committee include:
Alameda County Office of Education, Alliance for a Healthier Generation, American Cancer Society, California Center for Civic Participation, California Department of Education, California Department of Public Health/Project Lean, California Food Policy Advocates, California School Nurses Organization, California State PTA, California School Boards Association, Center for Collaborative Solutions, Dairy Council of California, Network for a Healthy California, Sacramento City Unified School District, and Ventura Unified School District.
CA AFHK is a partner of the California Local School Wellness Policy Collaborative.
Build broad support for local school wellness policy implementation, among schools, after school programs, health departments, elected officials and community stakeholders; and
Assist districts in revising their policies to meet Child Nutrition Reauthorization Act/Healthy Hunger Free Kids Act of 2010 requirements and strengthening their skills and commitment to implement local priorities and monitor adopted local school wellness policies.
For more information about the California Local School Wellness (LSWP) Collaborative and to access resources, please visit our web page at:
California Healthy School Heroes
Learn more about our CA Healthy School Heroes by visiting our CA State Team news.
- 2013-2014: Dr. Robert Lewis, Director of Nutrition Services, El Monte City, California
- 2012-2013: Jose Alvarado, Food Services Director, Fresno Unified School District
- 2012-2013: Melissa Morris, Project East Youth Development Specialist, Alameda County USD
- 2012-2013: Jan Lewis, Chairperson for California Action for Healthy Kids
In The News
On September 12th, Mrs. Veronica Ortiz, Assistant Principal at Durfee School, and Dr. Robert Lewis, Director of Nutrition Services for El Monte City School District, traveled to Washington DC to receive the Gold National recognition Award from The Alliance for a Healthier Generation. The keynote speaker of the Healthy Schools Summit was former President Bill Clinton. The Clinton Foundation in conjunction with the Alliance are working together to reduce the prevalence of childhood obesity and to empower kids to develop lifelong, healthy habits.
Durfee is one of six schools in the United States that achieved this prestigious honor in 2014. The school was recognized for their efforts in implementing programs, which promote healthy eating habits and physical activity. For example, Run for your Heart, Jump Rope for Heart, Operation Tone Up, Walk to School, Kids Play, Soccer for Success, Intramural Sports, Jammin’ Minute, Fresh Fruit and Vegetable program, Healthy Parties, Mobile Dairy Council, Healthy Supper Program and Breakfast in the Classroom. This achievement was a collaborative effort among teachers, staff, students, parents and the community. At Durfee School, students are not only being prepared for academic proficiency they are also being prepared for proficiency in optimal health.
Breakfast in the Classroom at El Monte City School District
On February 6, 2014, over 100 people from surrounding school districts as well as community partners and nutrition advocates attended a breakfast promotion event that included key note speaker Mayor Andre Quintero, City of El Monte. The Mayor discussed how important health and nutrition is to the city of El Monte and how proud the community is that El Monte City School District has done so much to ensure their students are healthy and well nourished. Other speakers included Superintendent Garcia, Dr. Robert Lewis (the district’s Child Nutrition Director), Sandip Kaur (California Department of Education’s Director of Nutrition Services), Principal Munoz at Wilkerson Elementary School, a 4th grade teacher, and two very enthusiastic students.
Each of the presenters spoke about the positive impact that Breakfast in the Classroom has had on the students and the school environment since implementation in the fall 2013. Dr. Lewis gave an excellent short training on how this alternative School Breakfast model was implemented in nine elementary schools, with funding provided by Action for Healthy Kids breakfast grants. The California School Board Association interviewed and filmed some of the key stakeholders on the importance of ensuring students have access to the most important meal of the day. Please view this video on Breakfast in the Classroom: Video.
Our Favorite Resources
Check out our CA State Team News for some great resources on School Breakfast, Active Families, Nutrition and Physical Education Programs, PTA Healthy Lifestyles, and much more.
Also check out the great resources from the California School Wellness Policy Collaborative!
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- There are many other opportunities to get involved with Action for Healthy Kids in California - from becoming a team member, to attending Action for Healthy Kids’ events, to making a financial contribution -you can help create a safer environment for our kids! Watch our CA Stater Team page for new announcements.
If you feel compelled to lend your voice to one of most important issues of our time, and would like to take that first step towards creating a healthier environment for our kids, join the Action for Healthy Kids community by taking the Every Kid Healthy Pledge on the home page.