School/Community Partnerships

Nutrition and Health – Network for a Healthy California (NHC)

The Network represents a statewide movement of local, state and national partners collectively working toward improving the health status of low-income Californians through increased fruit and vegetable consumption and daily physical activity. Multiple venues are used to facilitate behavior change in the homes, schools, worksites, and communities of low-income Californians to create environments that support fruit and vegetable consumption and physical activity. KCSOS is currently one of those local contractors serving 7 KCSOS Preschools, Standard Elementary School District, Shafter High School, and Blanton Cal-SAFE program.


  • Constructive Classroom Rewards
    – Promoting good habits while protecting children’s health
  • Container Gardening
    – an easy way to grow your own vegetables in limited space
  • Physical Activity and Academic Performance
    – Details of a University of Illinois study linking physical activity with academic performance
  • Fun and Games
    • The McWright Kind of Life
      – A fun physical activity for participants old enough to know right from left.
    • Shake It Up! Lyrics
      – Lyrics and activities for each song on the Shake It Up! CD.
  • Fun and Healthy School Activities
    • Nutrition Decathlon
      – Ideas and tools for organizing a decathlon at YOUR school.
    • Walk to School Events
      California Walk to School Day is October 6, 2010.
      California Walk to School Week is October 4-8, 2010.
  • Healthy School Party Ideas
    • Parent Healthy Party Pledge
    • Valentines Day
    • St. Patrick’s Day
  • MyPlate
    – The USDA’s website of all things related to the new MyPlate. Food groupings, weight management and calories, physical activity, daily food plans, printable materials, healthy eating tips and more.
  • Healthy School Fund Raising Ideas
    • Dispelling school food funding myths
      Will make you think twice about the value of vending machines.
    • Raising Money Without Compromising Health
      – a note from Nani Rowland, TCOE’s Network for a Healthy California Project Coordinator
    • Healthy Fund Raising
      – Alternatives to selling candy
    • Healthy Fund Raising Ideas and more
      – News, tips and ideas from the Alliance for a Healthier Generation
  • Grants and Funding Opportunities
    • Youth Garden Grants Program
      – Start a school garden with help from the National Gardening Association and Home Depot
  • School Wellness Policy Tool Kit
    – Policy information and tools, sample policies, and other resources
  • Policy Brief: Fulfilling the Promise of Free Water in K-12 Schools
    – More information is available at