DHF in Action: Teresa Coria presented “Champion Cultivator” Community Resident Leader Award, 4/12/17

DHF in Action: Teresa Coria presented “Champion Cultivator” Community Resident Leader Award, 4/12/17

DHF in Action: Teresa Coria presented the Cultiva la Salud “Champion Cultivator” Community Resident Leader award for Kern County

On Wednesday, April 12th, 2017, Dolores Huerta Foundation Health Program Staff attended the Cultiva La Salud (Cultivating Health) 10 Year Celebration in Fresno.

Cultiva La Salud’s “Cultivator” Awards honor extraordinary individuals who have worked to cultivate healthier communities through policy, system and environmental improvements that support healthy eating and active living.

This year Teresa Coria received the “Champion Cultivator” Community Resident Leader award for Kern County. She is an active Arvin Cultiva La Salud Health Committee member and a Zumba instructor at the Haven Drive Middle School Gym.

Teresa is from Mexico City. She studied dance therapy and worked as a dance instructor for many years before moving to this country. Teresa took initiative to start a Zumba dance group in Arvin and has continued to give classes, free of charge, for the past seven years.

With the support of the Dolores Huerta Foundation, she was able to establish a joint-use with the Arvin Union School District. This helped to secure a long-term, safe space where residents can meet for physical activity on a weekly basis.

She was very surprised and excited to receive the award. She said she was not expecting this award and that she was proud to work with the Dolores Huerta Foundation and grateful for all the support she received to accomplish the important goal of making fitness more available to the community. She mentioned that without the Cultiva La Salud committees none of this would have ever happened in Arvin. 

She said, “Before Dolores Huerta Foundation’s program Cultiva La Salud came to Arvin the community was not allowed to use school facilities to exercise. Now we feel welcomed and we are allowed to use the fairly new gymnasium at the Haven Drive School.”

The award presented is yarn handmade artwork by the Huichol community.

Weaving Movements Newsletter 2016: Health and Safety

Weaving Movements Newsletter 2016: Health and Safety

Health and Safety

DHF Health Policy Organizers, Elizabeth Martinez and Yesenia Ocampo, worked with Vecinos Unidos “United Neighbors” of Arvin and Greenfield to establish health and safety committees.

The “Always Fresh” committee collaborated with the Kern County Department of Public Health to conduct the “Smart Lunch Room Assessment” Training along with a cafeteria site visit to assess the cultural relevancy of the foods being served and provide their input for improving the meals and reducing food waste. Many parents became active in the Arvin Union School District (AUSD) Wellness Committee meetings.

They successfully advocated for a policy promoting the purchasing of goods or services from local suppliers benefiting student eating habits, the local economy, and environmental quality. In 2016, 25% of the produce served in school meals was purchased within a 200 mile radius of the Kern County line. That percentage is set to increase every year, with 75% achieved in 2021.

The “Comets for Open Schools” committee facilitated a joint-use agreement between the Arvin Zumba Group and AUSD allowing the use of the gym and cafeteria at Haven Drive Middle School for Zumba classes during the week – an agreement 5 years in the making.

The Dolores Huerta Foundation in partnership with Cultiva La Salud* “Cultivating Health” is working to reduce health disparities among Latinos in Arvin and Greenfield through interventions that address poor nutrition and physical inactivity.

DHF helped organize Fairview Elementary School in Greenfield and the Arvin Union School District to celebrate International Walk to School Day on October 5, 2016. Thousands of students in the Central Valley walked to school along with parents, teachers and community leaders.

Funding is provided by the Public Health Institute, through funding from The Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Promoting Physical Activity

In April “Unity in Feet and Wheels” organized a Walking School Bus Event to promote physical activity, teach children pedestrian safety and help to raise awareness about walking and bicycle infrastructure needs in the city. That morning, 3rd grader, Jose Gallegos exclaimed, “This is so fun! I wish we could do it every day!” Jose got his wish. The event was so successful, that it inspired administrators at Sierra Vista Elementary School to work with committee members to launch a daily Walking School Bus Program. In addition, the Unidad en Piez y Ruedas “Unity in Feet and Wheels” Vecinos committee received training on how to effectively advocate through the 2016-2017 District’s Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP.) The committee members attended the LCAP hearing and made recommendations, which led to the allocation of funds for Safe Routes To School district wide.

Leadership Development

Farmworker, Lorena Rojas is a Spanish-speaking mother of three. She met DHF Organizer, Elizabeth Martinez, at a Health Fair at Haven Drive Middle School in Arvin. She attended her first Cultiva la Salud meeting in June 2015 and joined the “Always Fresh” committee working on improving access to healthy food and school wellness policies. She attended DHF parent training workshops where she learned the importance of parent engagement, her rights as a parent, and the structure and function of the school and district. Lorena gained valuable public speaking skills and learned how to make an effective presentation to decision makers. She became active in pushing for a school environment that promotes students’ health, well being, and ability to learn by supporting healthy eating and physical activity. She joined school parent committees such as the English Learner Advisory Committee at the school and district level. After attending the “Gardens in Schools” Training, she began advocating for a community garden at Sierra Vista Elementary School. School administrators now recognize Lorena as a voice of the community. Her community work has inspired changes at home as well. She’s started her own garden, and is now feeding her own family a diet lower in fat and sugar and higher in nutrient rich vegetables and grains. (Pictured right)

CLS organizes educational trainings, fun events and programs. In 2017, CLS will launch the first bike share program (bike library) in South Kern.

Health Advocacy

The Tulare Vecinos Unidos “United Neighbors” continued to learn about increasing opportunities for healthy eating and physical activity to reduce the prevalence of obesity and chronic diseases such as heart disease, cancer, stroke, and diabetes in their community. They participated in the Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP) aimed at improving nutrition and physical activity behaviors of low-income families, particularly those with young children. They attended a Project LEAN training focused on helping parents engage in Local School Wellness Policies. DHF Tulare Organizer Irlanda Ramirez, provided additional training to 70 parents on how to advocate for policy improvement at their local school district.

Parents regularly attended Woodlake School District board meetings and made public comments. Through their advocacy, they reactivated a, nearly defunct, School District Wellness Council.

The Tulare Vecinos Parent Committee began working, last year, on a plan to promote a Farm to School Procurement Program in which students gain access to healthy, local foods as well as education opportunities such as school gardens, cooking lessons and farm field trips. It became official school policy this fall, empowering children and their families to make informed food choices while strengthening the local economy.

Woodlake Vecino, Maria Teresa Serrano Lara said, “Taking these classes has completely changed my life. Before, my family and I only drank soda. Now we drink nothing but water. I used to have high cholesterol, and now I’m fine. I participate in all this, because I enjoy helping the community. It’s important for our children’s health!”

In May, DHF joined a statewide coalition for a day of action in
Sacramento to encourage legislators to support SB 1418 and
SB 10 to expand health care coverage to all Californians.

Evento: Paseo de Cumbia en el Celebración Anual Mini-Ciclovía de BHC, sab. 27/8/16, 10am

Evento: Paseo de Cumbia en el Celebración Anual Mini-Ciclovía de BHC, sab. 27/8/16, 10am

Unirse al contingente de La Fundación Dolores Huerta en un Paseo de Cumbia en Bicicleta como parte de Mini-Ciclovía Celebración Anual del grupo Construyendo Comunidades Saludables.

La actividad física juega un papel importante en la prevención de enfermedades crónicas como la obesidad y la diabetes que son comunes dentro de la comunidad Latina. Con participación en el Paseo Cumbia en Bicicleta esperamos animar caminando y montando en bicicleta con regularidad. Es una manera divertida para recuperar la salud.

sábado, 27 de agosto, 2016
10 am – 2 pm

Parque Rexland
325 E. Fairview Dr.
Bakersfield CA 93307

*Almuerzo gratuito
*Rifa gratuita
*Diversion para toda la familia
*Paseo de cumbia en biciclcleta
*Monopatinaje
*Zumba
*Baile
*Y mucho más

Unanse con La Fundación Dolores Huerta y Building Healthy Communities par crear un Sur de Kern saludable.

Se proporcionará transporte: Los autobuses levantará en la primera parada a las 9:00 am, y luego continuará a las demás paradas. Rutas de regreso será a las 2:00 pm.

Arvin – Clinica Sierra Vista, Vallarta Market, Haven Drive School
Weedpatch – Weedpatch Market, Ruben J. Blunt Center, Digiorgio Apartments
Lamont – Lamont Library, Rancho Linda Apartments, Greenfield Stiern Park

Para más información o para ser voluntario para el Contingente de Paseo de Cumbia, llame a Elizabeth Martinez, Organizador de Salud, Fundación Dolores Huerta, (661) 322-3033, ext. 1505

Para mas información del Mini-Ciclovía Celebración Anual, llame a Marina de Construyendo Comunidades Saludables, (661) 845-2724

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Event: Cumbia Bike Ride at BHC’s Anual Celebration Mini-Ciclovía, Sat. 8/27/16, 10am

Join the Dolores Huerta Foundation’s Cumbia Bike Ride Contingent at Building Healthy Communities Mini-Ciclovía Annual Celebration

Physical activity plays a big role in preventing chronic diseases like obesity and diabetes that are common within the Latino community. By holding our Cumbia Bike Ride events we hope to encourage walking and biking regularly and its a fun way to get healthy.

Saturday, August 27th 2016

10 am – 2 pm

Redland Park
325 E. Fairview Dr.
Bakersfield CA 93307

*Free lunch
*Free raffle
*Fun family activities
*Cumbia Bike Ride
*Skateboarding
*Zumba
*Dancing
*And much more!

Join the Dolores Huerta Foundation and Building Healthy Communities to create a healthy South Kern.

Free transportation will be provided to the residents of Arvin, Lamont, and Weedpatch. The bus route starts at 9:00 am and will proceed as follows:

Arvin – Clinica Sierra Vista, Vallarta Market, Haven Drive School
Weedpatch – Weedpatch Market, Ruben J. Blunt Center, Digiorgio Apartments
Lamont – Lamont Library, Rancho Linda Apartments, Greenfield Stiern Park

Bus returns at 2:00 pm.

For more information or to volunteer for the Cumbia Bike Ride Contingent, contact Elizabeth Martinez, Dolores Huerta Foundation Health Policy Organizer, (661) 322-3033, ext. 1505

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Curso en Nutrición GRATIS en Tulare, 19 de oct. – 7 de dic. 2015

Curso en Nutrición GRATIS en Tulare, 19 de oct. – 7 de dic. 2015

Curso Educativo en Nutrición GRATIS en el condado de Tulare

Si usted está buscando nuevas ideas e información sobre la cocina saludable y sabrosas comidas nutritivas que usted y su familia podrán disfrutar, entonces usted necesita inscribirse en este curso! Ofrecemos información nutricional para todos los padres en la comunidad.

Fechas
19 de octubre
26 de octubre
2 de noviembre
6 de noviembre
16 de noviembre
23 de noviembre
30 de noviembre
7 de diciembre

Para mas información, póngase en contacto con Mariana Lopez (559) 684-3329
Email: mdvlopez@ucdavis.edu www.facebook.com/HappyHealthyTulareCounty

Nutrition Class Span

Free Nutrition Classes in Tulare County, Oct. 19th – Dec. 7th, 2015

Free Nutrition Classes in Tulare County, Oct. 19th – Dec. 7th, 2015

TULARE COUNTY, LEARN TO FEED YOUR FAMILY LOW COST NUTRITIOUS MEALS

If you are looking for new ideas and information on cooking healthful, tasty, and nutritious meals that you and your family will enjoy, then you need to join this course! We deliver important nutrition information for all parents in the community.

Dates
October 19th
October 26th
November 2nd
November 6th
November 16th
November 23rd
November 30th
December 7th

For more information on please contact
Mariana Lopez (559)684-3329
Email: mdvlopez@ucanr.edu www.facebook.com/HappyHealthyTulareCounty

Nutririon Class Flyer Eng