Nutrition Outreach Workers participate in an energizing ZUMBA physical activity break.
Youth Empowerment Program's (YEP) Youth Leaders in Training
In it's second year, the Nutrition Education Project's Youth Empowerment Program (YEP) is off to a great start.
On October 3rd, 2012 at School Health Programs, NOWs (Nutrition Outreach Workers) and NOCs (Nutrition Outreach Coordinator) attended an all-day training to learn important skills they will incorporate as youth leaders.
The activities included the following:
- NOWs and NOCs began developing an action plan for their projects.
- Training topics included: youth-led research, presentation skills, youth and adult partnerships, cooking safety and techniques, and more!
- An energizing ZUMBA session was led by Site Nutrition Coordinator, Pauline Perez.
High school NOWs will be working on a year-long research project related to a nutrition or physical activity issue at their school. Middle school NOWs will be focusing on peer education and will be doing Harvest of the Month tastings, cooking classes, and presentations to their peers.
The year will culminate in an event where NOWs share the work they have done over the year. This event is entitled NOWs are WOW! and will take place on May 14th, 2013 from 3:30-5:30 p.m. Location TBD.
Last year, student projects included researching the relationship between school behaviors and eating breakfast, exploring healthy food options at local markets, and eating healthy on a budget. Everett Middle school NOWs engaged with their peers by creating healthy dipping sauces for students to try broccoli and demonstrating how to make carrot tacos.
An adult ally, also known as a Nutrition Outreach Coordinator (NOC), trains a group of 3-8 secondary student Nutrition Outreach Workers (NOWs) who serve as youth leaders and health ambassadors at their schools.
The following Middle and High schools are part of the Youth Empowerment Program. ISA MS and Hilltop HS are the two most recent additions.
- Balboa HS
- Buena Vista- Horace Mann K-8
- Burton HS
- Everett MS
- Galileo HS
- Hilltop HS
- ISA HS
- ISA MS
- James Lick MS
- Lincoln HS
- Thurgood Marshall HS
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