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Wellness Policy in Action!

Listen to how Principal Emmanuel Stewart from Carver Elementary School has put SFUSD's Wellness Policy into action. Listen now at Soundcloud! 

See what students and staff are saying about SFUSD's Wellness Policy in this new video!  


Wellness Champion MUNI Bus Campaign
SFUSD Wellness Champions are being recognized on SF MUNI buses through May 1st with MUNI Bus Campaign posters honoring Mr. Emmanuel Stewart at Dr. Carver ES and the Nutrition Outreach Workers at Willie Brown MS. Read full story with photos.

PartyHealthy Party Ideas Leave the candy and sugary snacks out of the classroom and teach students and parents/caregivers about the importance of healthy snacks and being physically active. Healthy party resources.

CREATE A Healthy Classroom
Learn new ways to support your students' academic success. Visit Create a Healthy Classroom.

Nutrition and Physical education materials! There is a new Resource Tub at your elementary school site full of nutrition education and physical activity promotion materials. Ask your Health Advocate or principal where the resource tub will be located.  Read story for more information | Download materials list (pdf).

FITNESSGRAM Data 2015-16 FITNESSGRAM data for SFUSD students is now posted in our Get the Facts section. See how they did.

Staff Healthy Food and Beverage Guidelines
Choosing healthier food and beverage options begins in our workplace. Follow these guidelines for meetings and events including: fresh fruits and veggies, "spa water", and physical activity breaks. Questions? Contact Mark Elkin at (415) 242-2615 ext. 3217 or elkinm@sfusd.edu.

Know Families that Need Extra Support
Dial 2-1-1 to access hundreds of community services, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week all in multiple languages. Visit theDial 211 website for more information.

Reach Families Throughout the Year
Looking for ideas and links to connect with families? Download this helpful document: Reach Families Throughout the Year (pdf)

 

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Archived News 2016-2017

Nutrition Awareness MONTH
March’s Student, Family & Community Support Department theme focuses on promoting the SFUSD Wellness Policy and providing nutrition education lessons in the prevention of obesity, diabetes and heart disease. Schools can encourage healthier eating by sponsoring activities that promote a diet which includes colorful fruits & vegetables, nutrient-rich foods and water, while limiting foods that are high in fat, salt and added sugars, such as soda, chips and candy. Read WAD for more information and ideas.

Marshall NOWs Highlighted in School Lunch News Nutrition Outreach Workers (NOW's) at Thurgood Marshall High School , Nancy and Kevin are featured SFUSD's School Nutrition Services Newsletter - What's For Lunch? Read the SNS newsletter/article.

Attend a Food & Fitness Advisory Committee Meeting The vision of the Food and Fitness Advisory Committee (FFC) is that SFUSD students have healthy appetizing school food and regular physical activity; and know why these are important for their wellbeing, their ability to learn, and their environment. Attend a meeting and contribute to the revisions of the SFUSD Wellness Policy and more. Monthly meetings are from 3:30 to 5:00 PM and are open to the public. Find meeting dates, agendas and more.

"Pick Me!" Fruit and Veggie Artwork is Riding the Public Buses Learn about the contest and celebrations; view the winning artwork.

Choose MyPlate.gov
Visit this interactive site to help you choose the correct foods and their amounts from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. www.choosemyplate.gov

 

FITNESSGRAM Data
2014-15 FITNESSGRAM data for SFUSD students is now posted in our Get the Facts section. See how they did.

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Archived News 2014-2015

New FITNESSGRAM Data 2013-14 FITNESSGRAM data for SFUSD students is now posted in our Get the Facts section. See how they did.

March is Nutrition Awareness Month Schools can encourage healthier eating by sponsoring activities that promote a diet which includes colorful fruits & vegetables, nutrient-rich foods and water, while limiting foods that are high in fat, salt and added sugars, such as soda, chips and candy. Learn more: March is Nutrition Awareness Month. What you can do: Elementary | Secondary

Have a Heart Healthy Valentines Party

Give Kids A SmileThis Valentine’s Day, leave the candy and sugary snacks out of the classroom and teach students and parents/caregivers about the importance of having heart healthy snacks and being physically active. Read WAD for ideas and more information.

 

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Archived News 2013-2014

Re-Think Your Drink Week
is May 12 - 16!
Encourage students to cut down on sugar sweetened drinks and have a “soda free summer”! Read WAD with ideas and resources. Find additional ideas, recipes and other resources in our ReThink Your Drink! section. Be a role model by following healthy food and drink guidelines in the workplace: view sample policy.

Taylor Elementary Fights Obesity
Read SF Chronicle story on the national recognition this school is receiving for their nutrition and physical fitness activities. Read story.

New Project Schools
School Health Programs welcomes the following schools to the Nutrition Education Project:  Bryant, Dr. Charles Drew, Garfield, Paul Revere K-8,  and Spring Valley.  We look forward to working with the students, families and staff in their school communities. See list of all elementary project schools.

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Archived News 2012-2013

Attend a Food & Fitness Advisory Committee Meeting The vision of the Food and Fitness Advisory Committee (FFC) is that SFUSD students have healthy appetizing school food and regular physical activity; and know why these are important for their wellbeing, their ability to learn, and their environment. Attend a meeting and contribute to the revisions of the SFUSD Wellness Policy and more. Monthly meetings are from 3:30 to 5:00 PM and are open to the public. Find meeting dates, agendas and more info. posted 12-11-12

Healthy STUDENTS test better!
Standardized testing dates are coming up in April and May. Start preparing now by passing out the healthy breakfast handout to remind parents of proper nutrition and adequate sleep for testing.
Healthy Breakfast Ideas: English | Chinese | Spanish  (pdfs)
posted 3-13-13

Rethink your drink week
Every week is ReThink Your Drink Week, but the official one is coming up (May 6-10). View our ReThink Your Drink pages for ideas on how to prepare. posted 3-13-13

Nutrition and Learning Workshop Series Continues Elementary & Secondary Teachers, Grades K – 12, plan now for the 3rd installment of three Nutrition and Learning Workshops, "Nutrition Links to Family and Community", Wednesday, March 20. Schools with ≥50% participation as free/reduced in the School Lunch Program may receive workshop participant stipends and be eligible for FREE Harvest of the Month tastings! Read WAD/registration information. Attend all three workshops! posted 1-27-13

Heart Healthy Valentine’s Day Party Ideas
heartThis Valentine’s Day, leave the candy and sugary snacks out of the classroom and teach students and parents/caregivers about the importance of having heart healthy snacks and being physically active. WAD | More healthy party resources. posted 2-5-

BANPAC Assists CBOs with Healthy Food and Beverage Guidelines The Bay Area Nutrition and Physical Activity Collaborative (BANPAC) has hired a consultant (Generations) to assist community based organizations in developing and implementing healthy food and/or beverage guidelines. The funds for this work have been provided to BANPAC through a generous grant from Kaiser Permanente.  The San Francisco County Nutrition Action Plan (CNAP) will work with the BANPAC consultant to do the following:

  • Establish a Wellness Committee within their organization to develop, implement, and enforce Healthy Food and Beverage Guidelines (with support from Generations) by January, 2013.
  • Draft Wellness Guidelines by February, 2013, that include components that meet the PHI’s Adult Beverage Standards.
  • For additional incentives ($50 for each), the guidelines must include basic healthy food standards, basic PA standards, basic breast feeding guidelines, and guidelines that include staff as well as clients.
  • Provide Generations with a copy of the final Wellness Guidelines by March, 2013.

View BANPAC'S Healthy Food and Beverage Policy Educational Toolkit. posted 12-13-12

Nutrition and Learning Workshop Series Begins January 2013   Elementary & Secondary Teachers, Grades K – 12, join us for the first in a series of three Nutrition and Learning Workshops, “Setting Up A Healthy Learning Environment”, Wednesday, January 23, 2013 (register by January 16). Schools with ≥50% participation as free/reduced in the School Lunch Program may receive workshop participant stipends and be eligible for FREE Harvest of the Month tastings! Read WAD/registration information. Attend all three workshops!
posted 12-4-12

Celebrate special days with healthier food choices
Serve Healthier Snack Alternatives for classroom celebrations. Get ideas from Create a Healthy Classroom.
posted 10/20/10

Learn the "ins & outs” of taking your class on a field trip to a Farmers’ Market. Register for "Take Your Class on a Farmers’ Market Field trip" Workshop. Wednesday, October 10. Open to teachers who have not attended previous Farmers’ Market workshops. Stipend provided.
Registration Deadline: October 3, 2012
More info and registration form.
posted 9-14-12

Register Now for Health Disparities: Nutrition & Physical Activity PD
September 24, 2012
Teams of 3 participants are encouraged to apply: (Administrators, Teachers & School Staff} for Addressing Health Disparities in SFUSD Students Nutrition & Physical Activity Concerns PD, Registration Deadline: September 17.
More info and registration form.

posted 9-14-12

Save the Date
Teachers and staff, visit our Professional Development page to download our Save the Date documents for Elementary and Secondary Professional Development events for 2012-13. Dates and times subject to change.
posted 8-14-12

ReThink Your Drink
How much sugar does the average American consume in a year? More than 100 pounds … which is about quarter of a pound of sugar a day!  Download resources to help you Re-Think Your Drink. posted 8-14-12

Healthy Back to School
Add a Family Health Event Station or two to back to school night. Visit: Plan a Family Health Event for ideas.
posted 8-14-12

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Archived News 2011-2012

Family Health Event Resource Binder
Planning for a family health event is easier than ever now that we've put all the information in one place.  The new Family Health Event Resource Binder has resources for creating nutrition education and physical activity stations. Plus, it's available in English, Spanish and Chinese.  Visit: Plan a Family Health Event.

Celebrate Physical Activity Month
Read these resource sheets for lots of activities and use the calendar for planning.

posted 1/30/12

“ReThink Your Drink!” Week: May 14 – May 18
Encourage students to cut down on sugar sweetened drinks and have a “soda free summer.” View WAD.
Download more resources.

Healthy Valentine’s Day Celebration
Make your classroom party candy-free & physically active. Get ideas. Looking for a new recipe to share at a Valentine's Day party?  Visit this website and discover your new favorite recipe. CA Dept. of Public Health
updated 1/30/12

Poster Contest
Enter "My Favorite Physical Activity" by February 8 (deadline extended) and help promote health.
View WAD.
updated 1/30/12

Nutrition and Learning: A 3-Part Workshop Series
Join the Nutrition Education Project for three workshops in January, February and March.  Due date: January 18, 2012. View WAD.
posted 12/14/11

SF Farm Day Delights Students
Thousands of urban kids gathered at Gordon J. Lau Elementary School to gain first-hand knowledge about where their food comes from. Read the SF Chronicle article.
posted 10/24/11

National Food Day
Let's celebrate healthy eating on Oct. 24 by participating in this special event: It's time to eat real, America. For more details visit: Food Day.
posted 9/15/11

Celebrate Farm Day
On October 20, help celebrate 25 years of bringing agriculture into California's classroom.  For more details see:Farm Day 2011
posted 9/20/11

Mark Your Calendar
Visit our 2011-12 Action Plan Calendar with a month by month listing of important events, campaigns, and things to do. Go to Mark Your Calendar.
posted 9/15/11

 

Archived News 2010-2011
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"Rethink Your Drink" Week: May 15 - May 21
Learn ways to encourage your students to cut down on sugared sweet drinks and have a "soda-free summer." Learn more.

posted 5/6/11

TV-Turnoff Challenge and Resources
Did your class participate in TV Turnoff Week?  If so, please send your pledge and tracker by May 2. Read pdf.

updated 4/25/11

March is Nutrition Awareness Month
Celebrate by conducting daily and weekly activities with your class! Nutrition

posted 3/1/11

Eat Breakfast on Testing Days and Every Day
Pass out these healthy breakfast handouts to remind parents of proper nutrition and adequate sleep for testing.
Healthy Breakfast Ideas:
English | Chinese | Spanish

posted 3/22/11

Mark Your Calendar
Visit our brand new Action Plan Calendar with a month by month listing of important events, campaigns, and things to do. Go to Mark Your Calendar.
posted 2/9/11

February is Physical Activity Month
Celebrate by conducting daily and weekly activities with your class and for personal wellness. View sample calendar (pdf)
posted 1/20/11

Have a "heart" healthy Valentine's Day
Make your classroom party candy-free & physically active. English | Spanish (pdfs)
posted 1/20/11

Need extra support during difficult times?
Looking for advice on food stamps (SNAP), food banks, or housing resources for families in need? Dial 2-1-1 to access hundreds of community services, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week all in multiple languages. Visit theDial 211 website for more information..
posted 1/4/11

Nutrition & Learning: A Three-Part Series
Join us for these elementary level professional development workshops meant to encourage students and their families to eat more fruits and vegetables and be physically active. Download WAD | Registration
posted 12/17/10

Secondary Level Nutrition Education Workshop
Register now for the Healthy Food, Healthy Bodies workshop to be held on Feb. 17 from 4 - 6 p.m. View WAD & Registration (pdf)
posted 1/25/11

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Take the Healthier US School Challenge

Help raise a healthier generation of kids and win an award for your school.  Attend a meeting on Oct. 19 from 4 - 5 p.m. to find out how you can participate. View challenge information w/ attachments (pdf).
posted 09/30/10

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Agriculture in the Classroom
Join us for a PD on Oct. 14 from 4 - 7 p.m. to learn ways of linking food, science, and nutrition to CA content standards. View PD information (pdf).
posted 09/30/10

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Farmers' Market Fieldtrip PD Workshop
Get familiar with resources and logistics for taking a class field trip to a farmers' market. Workshop: Sept. 29 from 4 - 6 p.m.
posted 09/7/10

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Poster Contest Winners
Want to know who won the Re-Think Your Drink poster contest?  Take a look at these winners. (pdf). Artwork to be posted soon.
posted 06/14/10

Wellness Policy Posters
View the poster that supports healthy eating and physical activity. For a copy, contact your health advocate or health liaison.
English
, Spanish, Chinese (pdf)
posted 10/22/09

 

Archived News 2009-2010
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Nutrition News Online
View our Spring 2010 newsletter and read about the farmer responsible for growing the yummy
strawberries that students and families have tasted at farmers' markets in San Francisco.
posted 05/28/10

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Active for Life is ON - Get Moving!
ACTIVE FOR LIFE, the 10-week program designed by the American Cancer Society to promote staff wellness is underway. Keep working towards your fitness goals; be active and and don't forget to log in your points. Program runs through May. Learn more about Active for Life

posted 3/24/10

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POSTER CONTEST Re-Think Your Drink!
Calling all artists! Enter this contest and win prizes. Entries are due Monday, May 24, 2010
View Contest Information (pdf)
posted 4/29/10

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Re-Think Your Drink! WEEK: May 17 - May 21
Let's encourage students to cut down on sugary drinks and have a soda free summer.
Learn more. (pdf)
posted 4/29/10

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Become a Nutrition Education Project School

In school year 2010 – 2011 the Nutrition Education project will be adding at least one qualified elementary school. Informational meeting Thursday, April 29 from 4 - 5 p.m. Letter of interest due April 23. Learn more (pdf)

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TV-Turnoff Challenge and Resources
April 19 – April 25 is the week to turn off your television and maybe win a classroom strawberry party for your elementary, middle and high school classroom. Learn more (pdf).

posted 4/6/10

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Bike to School Day 2010

Join us on April 15 for Bike to School Day. Help promote health safety and physical activity; and show respect for the environment. Learn more (pdf).

posted 4/6/10

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What are Your Fitness Goals? Start getting ready for this year's Active for Life program. Watch for the WAD coming soon.
posted 1/20/10

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March is Nutrition Education Month

Promote the SFUSD Wellness Policy and provide nutrition education lessons in the prevention of obesity, diabetes and heart disease.

posted 3/2/10

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February is Physical Activity Awareness Month

posted 2/2/10

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Heart Healthy Val's Day
Want to leave the candy out of the classroom on Valentine's Day? Read this handout and learn new ways teach students about the importance of aerobic exercise, in four easy steps. See more tips in our Create a Healthy Classroom section.
posted 1/20/10

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Nutrition & Learning: A 3-Part Workshop Series (pdf) Join us for three workshops in January, February and March and learn more about the powerful impact that great nutrition has on student health. Application deadline January 13.
posted 12/18/09

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Parent's Halloween Candy Tips Follow these tips to prevent "Haunted Teeth."
English, Spanish, Chinese (pdf)
posted 10/22/09

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Farmers' Market Field Trip
Attend a professional development session on taking your classroom to a farmers' market.  Join us on Oct. 7 from 4 - 6 p.m.
Field Trip Info (pdf).
posted 9/18/09

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Walk to School Day: October 7
Walk to school (.pdf) with a purpose – to promote health, safety, and physical activity with your school community. 
posted 9/8/09

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Want to Become A NEPTL?
Help promote nutrition education and physical activity at your school. Applications (doc) due by Sept. 24. Thank you.
posted 9/18/09

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Set up a healthy classroom environment at the start of the school year to support academic success. Visit our Create a Healthy Classroom
section
for tips.
posted 9/3/09

 

 

Archived News 2008-2009
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TV-Turnoff Winners
Congratulations to the winners of the TV-Turnoff Challenge:
• Alamo Elementary School -  5th grade class
• Argonne Elementary School -  Kindergarten class

The winning classes will each receive a classroom strawberry party!
posted 5/21/09

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Healthy Classroom Celebrations
Visit our Classroom Support Section and discover new ways to celebrate the ending of the school year in a healthy way
posted 4/28/09

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Summer Resource List
Keep your students active over the summer by connecting their families with resources. Summer Resource List 2009 (pdf)
posted 4/27/09

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"Pick Me!" Fruit and Veggie Artwork is Riding the Public Buses The PICK ME! Poster contest winners are in for school year 2008-2009 and the winners are riding the bus! Learn about the contest and celebrations; view the winning artwork. Now also includes "PICK ME! Gets Press" - view press articles.
updated 4/21/09

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Spring Field Trip At The Farmer’s Market
The farmer’s market is a great place to hold a spring field trip. Select juicy strawberries and fresh asparagus as your class combines learning with outdoor fun! Go to "A Day at the Farmer's Market".
posted 3/31/09

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How Healthy are SFUSD Students? View our FITNESSGRAM Results table for SFUSD.
posted 1/29/09

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Our Nutrition Project Is On Television
Watch "Smart Eating Habits Start Early" featuring our nutrition project live on ABC news.
View TV show...

posted 2/17/09

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Alliance for a Healthier Generation Grants (pdf)
Grant applications are now available for up to $5,000 per site to fund nutrition, physical activity and staff wellness. Due date: June 1.
posted 4/21/09

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Re-Think Your Drink This Summer!
(pdf)
Kick-off a soda-free summer at this event on May 28 from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m.
posted 5/21/09

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Bike to School Day: May 28 (pdf) Join us for this new city-wide event that encourages adults and students to bicycle for one day, to and from school.
posted 5/21/09

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Asian Week Activities
The Asian Heritage Street Celebration (May 16) has two wellness projects for students: Student Awards Ceremony (pdf) for students involved in Asian related nutrition/fitness activities, and a raffle fundraiser "Make Some Money For Your School" (pdf). Check documents for deadlines.
posted 4/21/09

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TV Turnoff Challenge April 20 - 26, 2009 (pdf)
This week-long challenge encourages students and families to turn off their TVs, computers and video games in order to pursue physical activities and a healthier lifestyle. Document includes WAD,
Instructions/Resources & Facts/Figures.
posted 4/9/09

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March is SFUSD's Nutrition Awareness Month! Teach a lesson, attend a workshop, organize a classroom or school-wide activity.  Click on the elementary (pdf) or secondary (pdf) specific resource sheet to find out more!
posted 2/17/09

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February Newsletter (pdf)
February is SFUSD’s Physical Activity Awareness Month! Celebrate Valentine’s Day by committing to daily physical activity to improve your well being, lift your spirits & strengthen your heart.
Go to newsletters...
posted 2/02/09

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FITNESSGRAM Data for S.F. 
The numbers are in from '07-'08. Find out the fitness level of our S.F. students in grades 5, 7, and 9. View our FITNESSGRAM Results table for SFUSD.
posted 12/05/08

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Healthy HeartHave a Healthy Heart Valentine's Day Party! Find alternative ideas for special days in our educator support section...
posted 2/02/09

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Nutrition Newsletter Winter (pdf)
Take the chill out of winter by cooking these healthy, delicious soups
Go to newsletters...
posted 12/01/08

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Professional Development Workshop (pdf)
Discover new ways to integrate physical activity into the daily classroom and reinvigorate physical education lessons. Join us for "Getting Ready for Physical Activity Month" on January 15, 2009 from 4 - 6 p.m. Go to Professional Development...
posted 11/21/08

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Harvest of the Month Lottery
(pdf)
Enter to win a classroom prize by answering questions on persimmons.
posted 11/01/08

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Celebrate special days with healthier food choices. Find alternative ideas in our educator support section...
posted 10/21/08

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Winter Squash - Harvest of the Month for October
Did you know that winter squash is an excellent source of dietary fiber, potassium, and Vitamins A and C? Go to Harvest of the Month...
posted 10/1/08

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Health Education Forum for Teachers (pdf)
Plan on attending this comprehensive all -day professional development training. Subjects include: drugs, violence, nutrition and family diversity.
K-2 Teachers: October 28
3-5 Teachers: October 29
Register by October 10
Get the info...
posted 9/24/08

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Take Your Class On A Farmers' Market Fieldtrip (pdf) Join us on October 15 for a K-5 teacher's professional development opportunity. Registration is open until October 10. Get the info....
posted 9/24/08

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Nutrition News Fall '08 (pdf)
School lunches: dates and info. Guide your Child to Healthier Habits. Go to newsletters...
posted 9/01/08

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Tomatoes- Harvest of the Month for September
Did you know the tomato is the world's most popular fruit? Go to Harvest of the Month...
posted 9/01/08

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Nutrition News Summer '08 (pdf)
Re-Think Your Drink This Summer, Facts about Sugar Content  Go to newsletters...

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Soda-Free Summer
Get ready for the "Soda Free Summer" campaign by teaching the "Sugar Savvy" lessons to your students. More information about the Soda Free Summer to follow. Download the lessons...

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Hot Off the Press!
 
The Draft 2008 Nutrition Competencies are available.  They outline key nutrition knowledge, skill, and behavior concepts and provide the sequence of these essential concepts to be addressed at each grade level as part of a comprehensive nutrition/health education program. View the documents...

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How Healthy are San Francisco Students?
The FITNESSGRAM data for 2006-07 is now posted in our Learn the Facts Section.
Review data ...

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