Subject: Could reading to young children this holiday season prevent diabetes?

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This Holiday Season, Take a Community Approach to Chronic Disease Prevention
Teach nutrition and promote food literacy to reduce chronic disease
Obesity and type 2 diabetes are prevalent, pricey and yet preventable chronic diseases. 

Through diet, exercise, awareness and even nutrition education and food literacy, teachers, parents and health professionals can help protect children from chronic diseases. 
  • Our latest Community Health All-Star, Florencia Rivera, combines nutrition education and food literacy in her third-grade classroom to help boost her students' learning and health. By exploring different fruits and vegetables, even holding a Stone Soup lunch in the classroom, she's seen a reduction in the rates of chronic diseases like diabetes. 
  • What's the connection between dairy and diabetes? What about sugar? Learn more about these important nutrition topics in an article about type 2 diabetes that covers the causes, prevention and treatment options.
  • Can reading to young children prevent diabetes? A recent Twitter chat with experts from First 5 Sacramento, California Foundation for Agriculture in the Classroom and Sacramento Public Library explored the link between literacy and chronic disease. Read a recap from the chat for a wealth of resources, tips and research.
Basic Exercise + Activity Tracker: TeenBEAT

Track your physical activity and set goals to be more active with TeenBEAT
Inspire teens to keep physical activity top of mind during the holidays and beyond to improve health and build self-confidence. The TeenBEAT activity calculator and planning tool helps young adults assess their activity, determine whether or not they need to increase their physical activity and understand why being active is important to health in the teen years.

The tool takes into account each teen's unique activity level, readiness to change health habits, personal barriers to exercising and perceived benefits of exercise to create a personal plan for improvement.
Cumulative Impact: Healthy Habits = Healthy Students
Everyone who teaches nutrition causes a ripple of health that impacts thousands
Over the course of a 20-year career a single teacher can directly impact the lives of thousands of students. That's something to celebrate this holiday season. 

Taking the time to teach nutrition in the classroom, promote literacy, introduce new foods and bring learning to life can improve long-term health and reduce the risk of chronic diseases like obesity and overweight, diabetes and more.

Learn more about the collective impact that teachers can have in the lives of children, then order classroom nutrition education lessons for the New Year. 
Local School Wellness Policies: Community Training Sessions
Dairy Council of California and partners promote wellness strategies for schools at trainings across California
In collaboration with California departments of Education (CDE) and Public Health (CDPH), Dairy Council of California led several Local School Wellness Policy workshops for school administrators, teachers, school foodservice directors and community based organizations across the state this fall.

At these interactive events,
CDPH staff led 
an in-depth overview of the School Health Index to help evaluate and activate school wellness policies. CDE staff provided current research on the link between student health and academic achievement, as well as an overview of the policy requirements and administrative review process.

Dairy Council of CA staff led activities and roundtables on key stakeholder engagement and the importance of classroom nutrition education as part of a fully executed wellness plan across the school campus. A physical activity break also kept participants moving.

Need help designing or implementing your Local School Wellness Policy? Contact Ashley Rosales, Program Manager.
Registered Dietitians' Book Review: Slow Down Diet
Learn more about The Slow Down Diet and better strategies for healthy eating from the Registered Dietitian's Book Club
Can how quickly food is eaten make a difference in weight gain? The San Jose Dietitians Book Club investigated by reviewing the 10th Anniversary edition of The Slow Down Diet

Just in time for the food-focused holiday season, learn what parts of the diet the book club could get behind, which parts the club members disagreed with and what advice and recommendations they deemed downright dangerous here.
Prevent Chronic Disease, Eat Well, Be Active!
Learn healthy strategies for eating and physical activity for lifelong health. Available in English and Spanish.
Making healthy food choices is only part of the equation for preventing chronic disease. Eating well and being active are the two ingredients to a healthy lifestyle. 

Eating well means enjoying all kinds of foods from all of the food groups. Each food group supplies different vitamins, minerals and other nutrients that keep you healthy. Being active means moving your body and releasing energy, being active will help keep your mind sharp and your body healthy! 

Print this handout, available in Spanish too, as a reminder that both are important when it comes to lifelong health.
Keep Health on the Menu For A Happy Holiday Season
Choose healthy family meals this holiday season

Survive the food-focused holiday season with festive, family friendly meal ideas with foods from all five food groups. 

Deck the Halls With This Festive Feast

Spinach + Cheese Stuffed Shells, Applesauce with Dried Cranberries and Low-Fat Eggnog. Plus Chicken, Broccoli Rabe + Feta on Toast, Cranberry Orange Scones, Garlic Roasted Red Potato Soup and Homestyle Green Bean Bake.


Foods for a Prosperous New Year 

Barley Hopin John, Lentil Soup and Baked Custard. Plus Chili Cornbread Pie, Mini Cheese and Walnut Cabbage Rolls, 24K Carrots and Quinoa Salad with Apples and Kale.

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