March is National Nutrition Month®
Eat Right, Your Way, Everyday!
Nutrition Month is a nationwide demonstration of the importance of making informed food choices and developing sound eating and physical activity habits.
Project EAT of the Alameda County Office of Education invites you to participate in these special community events in March in honor of National Nutrition Month®.
Let's Walk! A Multi-City Walk for Health
On Saturday, March 16, Project EAT is coordinating a series of walking groups in neighborhoods all over Hayward, San Lorenzo, San Leandro, Oakland, and Livermore all taking place on the same day, between 9 AM and 12 PM.
Several local community members will host a "Let's Walk!" group walk in their neighborhood, and you are invited to join! Each group has a "captain" to greet participants and lead the walk. If you would like to add a walking group in your neighborhood, please submit a Captain Pledge Form. It could be a one-time walking group just for this event, or it could be the beginning of a new walking club that makes a plan to meet regularly to keep it going. If you have an existing walking group, please ask them to host a walk on this Saturday and invite others to join them.
It's a Twitter Party!
On Thursday, March 21 the Project EAT Health Alliance high school interns will host a Twitter Party from 4:30-6:30 p.m. to talk about health. Follow @ProjectEAT on Twitter to get invited. View the event flyer.
- Share pictures of your healthy foods
- Ask questions
- Swap healthy recipes
- Learn tips and facts about staying healthy at school
- Invite others to join the fun!
The Apple Pushers Film Screening, Panel Discussion and PhotoVoice Art Gallery Reception
On Saturday, March 23, from 1 PM-3:30 PM, we will screen the film, The Apple Pushers, followed by a panel discussion and art gallery reception. The event will be held at the San Leandro Main Library at 300 Estudillo Avenue.
Learn about efforts to bring fresh, locally grown fruits and vegetables to the community and the issues affecting the health of our youth.
1 PM-2:30 PM The Apple Pushers (Lecture Hall)
The film is a documentary that follows the inspiring stories of five immigrant pushcart vendors who have joined a unique New York City initiative to increase the availability of fresh fruits and vegetables in food deserts. It tells their remarkable stories while chronicling the issues of food deserts, immigration, and entry-level entrepreneurship. For more information about the film, please visit www.theapplepusher.com
2:30 PM-3:00 PM - Panel Discussion (Lecture Hall)
Join us for an important discussion covering questions such as: How can we provide opportunities for entry-level entrepreneurship in our community? How can we increase food access, that is, get fresh fruits and vegetables to communities that need it?
Guest Speakers include:
- Michael Gregory, Vice Mayor, City of San Leandro
- Hank Herrera, Dig Deep Farms, San Lorenzo
- Zalak Trivedi, MS, RD, Alameda County Medical Center
- Carmen West, Health Educator, San Leandro
3:00 PM-3:30 PM - Art Gallery Showing and Resource Fair (Karp Room)
Students from Cesar Chavez Middle School in Hayward will display their work from a PhotoVoice project about health in their school.The project gives students a means for expressing themselves through words and pictures. The direction and themes captured are created and inspired by the youth themselves with a constant focus on being healthy. Project participants are able to speak about themes and issues that affect them directly and are able to build communal networks that can ultimately influence positive change.
Enjoy the photography of these students while sampling a recipe featuring fresh, leafy greens.
Visit the resource fair tables to learn about other healthy living activities in your community. Representatives will be present from the following organizations: Safe Routes to School, East Bay Regional Parks, Dig Deep Farms, Hayward Area Recreation Department (HARD), Alameda County Medical Office, Safe Moves, Tiburcio Vasquez Health Clinic, Hayward Library and San Leandro Library.
Family Health Fair at Cherryland Elementary School
Thursday, March 28, 1:30-4:00 p.m. - Cherryland Elementary School, 585 Willow Avenue, Hayward, CA
The Family Health Fair will be a fun and educational afternoon focused on health and fitness for the whole family. Students will learn about healthy eating and cooking, and participate in educational games and activities to promote physical fitness. Community partners will provide dental and vision screening, blood pressure checks and information about local health services such as health insurance, mental health, dental services, vision services and cardiovascular health.
Local government agencies will name March 2013 as Nutrition Month to promote nutrition education and foster programs and services that encourage healthy behaviors, and to enhance and improve the overall well-being and quality of life of the Alameda County community. Click on the links below to view the proclamations.
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