Subject: Ways to Get Involved This National Nutrition Month®

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Nutrition Connection: Your Resource for Building Healthy Communities
Know a Student Who Encourages Healthy Habits at School?
Nominate students who are committed to improving the health of their school community for a Student All-Star Award!
As schools increasingly become the nexus of community health, Dairy Council of California wants to recognize the impact students have on creating healthy changes in their school environment.

The Student Community Health All-Star Award honors California youths in grades 4–12 who serve as leaders in their school community by promoting healthy lifestyles through nutrition and physical activity.

Students can be nominated for a variety of activities like organizing a nutrition education lesson or health fair, inspiring fellow students to pack healthy lunches, working in the school cafeteria, leading an exercise class or other activities that promote healthy eating or physical activity.

Nominations are due by March 31, 2016.
For more information about the Student Community Health All-Star Award visit HealthyEating.org/AllStar.
Weigh In: New Digital Nutrition Education Program, Eat Move Win
New digital high school nutrition education program, Eat Move Win
After 97 years of providing nutrition education, Dairy Council of California is creating its first 100% online program accessible on computer, tablet or smartphone

Classroom teachers are needed to test the five 50-minute lessons with their high school classes in either late spring or fall 2016. Teachers will receive a $100 check for their feedback.

Constructed with an emphasis on critical thinking and evaluation of information, Eat Move Win can be easily incorporated into Health, Physical Education, English Language Arts and Science classes. The unit also includes a strong language component to support college and career readiness.

Contact Trina Robertson, M.S., R.D.N. to participate or request additional information.
Upcoming Events
Dairy Council of California will co-present a resource toolkit at the California School-Based Health Alliance conference in May.
Nutrition News From Around the Web
Spring 2016 Community Health All-Star Anne Gaffney (left) has made nutrition part of the culture at Elk Grove Unified School District. Learn how she's systematically fostered connections between the cafeteria and the classrooms through nutrition education programs to positively impact school meal participation.

• Many food banks struggle to meet the nutritional needs of clients due to limited physical space and budgets. A National Dairy Council grant helped bring refrigerators to Yolo County, California, food banks, increasing their capacity to provide perishable foods like milk, cheese, yogurt, produce, meats and more.

• In the Winter 2016 Nutrition Link from the School Nutrition Services Dietetic Practice Group of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (membership required), learn how El Monte City School District Nutrition Director Dr. Robert Lewis increased meal participation by making a classroom-to-cafeteria connection.

Use the Fit Bits Series from the Michigan Fitness Foundation, available for loan from California Healthy Kids Resource Center, to increase student physical activity while reinforcing nutrition concepts, messages and academic skills. 

Savor the Flavor of Early Childhood Nutrition
The 2015–2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans urges people to consider that everything they eat and drink matters in the context of a healthy eating pattern. 

Don't wait to correct unhealthy habits later in life. Give parents of young children the tools to start a lifetime of healthy eating with Making Meals Matter for Your Young Child: Tips to feed ages 2 to 5.

Available in English and Spanish, this booklet includes feeding strategies and information on how much kids need to eat for healthy growth and development.
MyPlate Tips From USDA: Model healthy habits 
Visit ChooseMyPlate.gov for healthy eating tips about milk and dairy foods and other food group-foods
Adults who choose low-fat or fat-free milk or yogurt show kids that dairy is an important part of a healthy eating style. When kids model this behavior, their growing bones will thank you.

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