About LiveWell Kids
Obesity is a major health issue that frequently begins in childhood. So in 2004, Beach Cities Health District partnered with RBUSD to create LiveWell Kids. This unique program combats childhood obesity on three fronts:
- Increasing access to, and consumption of, healthy foods
- Improving knowledge and behaviors about eating
- Increasing physical activity
As part of LiveWell Kids, children participate in nutrition education, daily morning activities, building school gardens and have access to farm fresh fruits and vegetables--and it’s working! In just one year of testing, school-wide BMI dropped nearly 3%, which translates to:
- 105 fewer overweight/obese children
- 525 years of increased life expectancy
- $120,000 saved for each year of life
Find more information, read the latest LiveWell Kids newsletter and see what kids are currently learning at http://bchd.org/bchd-centers-programs/livewell-kids
The Madison garden was featured in the March 2009 issue of the second-grade edition of Weekly Reader national magazine! This edition is read by over 700,000 students around the country. The article, entitled "Time To Garden", talked about why students were planting gardens and what they learned as a result. It contained photos of Madison students working in the garden and quotes from our Garden/Nutrition program coordinator, Lisa Samuelson and her daughter Lucy.
Garden Planting/Harvesting Schedule
Harvesting and planting dates will be posted on our LiveWell News page.
If anyone would like to help, please check with your teacher on class sign-up times, or just come out for the day! Parents and Family Members are welcome!
As part of the Beach Cities Health District "LiveWell" Program, the goal is to encourage healthy eating habits for our children. Students will have the opportunity to sample new and different fruits and vegetables from our garden during harvesting times. Harvesting dates will be posted on our LiveWell News page.
Nutrition Education Docents
Parent docents are needed in the classrooms to provide information on healthy eating, and conduct taste tests of healthy food samples. Docent responsibilities include:
- Attend five training sessions during the year
- Schedule lesson delivery with teachers and implement lessons in classrooms
- Prepare lesson materials and food samples
Trainings are held at the Beach Cities Health District building, located at 514 N. Prospect Ave, Redondo Beach, CA 90277. Resources and information for nutrition docents can be found on BCHD's Docent Information page.
We have our own garden on the playing field next to the CDC buildings. The garden is available to all classrooms for a variety of activities and educational opportunities and future taste tests will include fruits and vegetables grown in our own garden. We need help digging and planting the garden and maintaining it throughout the year.
Garden education curriculum is delivered throughout the school year. Docent responsibilities include:
- Interact with the garden coordinator and students during planting, harvesting, and clean-up
- Assist the garden coordinator
- Assist with keeping kids safe and on task
- Gather and pass out hand tools and seeds
- Help with washing and bagging the harvest
Laying the foundations for our new garden (Feb 2008).
If you would like more information on this exciting new program, please contact Jessica Devine (Garden) firstname.lastname@example.org. Also, look out for the special Nutrition bulletin board in the school, which will have full details of upcoming programs and activities.