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Nutrition and School Wellness

Local School Wellness Policy: Schools that receive USDA school meal reimbursements are required to have a Wellness Policy that is reviewed and updated every three years. OCDE can provide guidance for what is needed to update the Wellness Policy as well as technical assistance for developing a strong and functional Wellness Committee to implement policy. For more information, contact Janis Price 714-327-1068 or Nadia Moya 714-966-4403.

Healthy Schools Initiative: Schools have an amazing opportunity to model healthy practices for students, staff, and their community. The Healthy School Initiative works to assess, create action plans, and then apply for national awards for schools to be recognized for their efforts in creating healthy environments. OCDE can provide technical assistance for schools to shift their environment to focus on the health of the whole child by providing more activity, healthy food practices, farm to fork programs, staff wellness, and other environmental supports. See what schools in Orange County have already been named America's Healthiest Schools! For more information, contact Janis Price 714-327-1068 or Nadia Moya 714-966-4403.

Harvest of the Month Nutrition Education Program​: The Harvest of the Month Nutrition Education Program includes standards-aligned, skill-based nutrition lessons that highlight a fresh, seasonal, California-grown fruit or vegetable for your students to sample each month! For more information, please contact: Nadia Moya 714-966-4403.

No Kid Hungry Grants: No Kid Hungry Breakfast Grants give schools the opportunity to help increase student participation in school breakfast. Grants will support schools with the purchase of equipment, supplies, and materials to facilitate breakfast after the bell delivery models (such as breakfast in the classroom, grab and go, or second chance breakfast) in an effort to increase school breakfast participation. For more information, contact Dareen Khatib 714-327-1083.

Painted Playgrounds: Painted playgrounds are a simple way to increase active play at your school! Young children need daily physical activity to support healthy growth. Painted playground stencils create an interactive environment that increases physical activity while bea​​utifying the school campus! Our playground stencils help reinforce fundamental movement skills, gross motor skills, social and emotional learning, and literacy and math skills. Bring a painted playground to your school! For more information, please contact Nadia Moya at 714-966-4403. 

School Gardens: Want to start a school garden? Have a garden that has fallen into disrepair? Have a working garden and need extra support? Let us help you with technical assistance and resources to make the most out of you school garden! For more information, please contact Nadia Moya at 714-966-4403. 

Early Learning Wellness Supports: Technical assistance and training provided via Early Learning Services: Fee-for-Service Training and Technical Assistance​ ​