I live in the San Joaquin Valley in California, an area rich in agricultural and diversity. Thus many large companies such as Taco Bell (Doritos Loco Taco was tested in Fresno and Bakersfield), test the acceptability of new products in this area before the product enters the national market. This poses as an health concern because 34.4% of adults in Fresno county are overweight and 30.2% are...
For Healthy Eating, Bitter is Better! →
How many times have you tried a fruit or vegetable until you actually enjoyed it? Trying it once is not enough, people should try foods 5-10 times before actually enjoying it! The human palate has an affinity for sweet, therefore we douse our pancakes in syrup and add sugar to our fresh fruit. Saturating our food with sugar actually does us more harm than good not only are we increasing our...
Protecting Children from Developing Weight... →
An article outlining the issues of parenting and the development of childhood obesity.
Today I attended the first NEED event at El Encino Church for the purpose of helping children to learn about the importance of nutrition and exercise. It was a wonderful experience working with Jia, Kia, Josh and the kids. We started off with an icebreaker where we separated the kids into two groups, having them hold hands while trying to squeeze their body through a hula-hoop. The kids filled...
First N.E.E.D event in 2012!
N.E.E.D inaugurated the new year by collaborating with El Encino Church to serve the community. Other organizations present were WIC (Women, Infant and Children), Healthy Smiles also donations from the community food bank and First Five were given out. We worked with the kids. We began our program with a short ice breaker followed by a short “cooking” demonstration. At the demo we...
Vigilance needed for food allergies, doctors say →
Food allergies are a growing problem. The number of school-age kids affected rose 18% from 1997 to 2007, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says. About 8% of kids have them, a study in April in Pediatricsshowed. In the USA, about 150 people of all ages die from food allergies a year; 80% to 90% of deaths are from peanuts or tree nuts. Continue…
Mother-Toddler bond influence teen obesity →
A new research revealing adolescent with low quality emotional relationship with their mothers influences their likelihood to becoming obese.
Planting the Seed: Models for Communities →
Communities (including Fresno) throughout the nation are being proactive in promoting the Healthy Kids, Healthy Communities project as a means to slow the rate of obesity. A short article to see what initiatives are happening through the nation!
N.E.E.D at Sequoia
At Sequoia School on Saturday it was a cold day to be outside. Some of the kids seem to enjoy the steal the beacon game. We did not have our cereal box game this time. The team still manage to have all the kids that wanted to participate with the two activities that where available. The first half went to the nutrition activity and the other half went with the steal the beacon. Then the kids...
Susan B. Anthony
Susan B. Anthony elementary there were more people than usual. The teams were divided into three groups each station had two team leaders and the third leader would guide the groups of children to the next station moving along with them. Some of the kids seemed really excited about playing the cereal bowling game. Each individual got two tries many of them wanted three or even four tries. ...
Healthy helpings: What is on your child's plate? →
Providing balanced meals can make a big difference in the health and well-being of your child. Good nutrition fuels kids for school, family time and play. When children eat the right balance of calories and nutrients for their growing bodies, they’ll feel better, maintain a healthy weight and have more energy.
10 healthy snacks for children →
A list of healthy AND yummy snacks for your kids!
Susan B. Anthony
To be perfectly honest, I found the task of volunteering at Susan B. Anthony somewhat daunting. The whole semester we’ve been hearing about how many kids show up to participate in the programs on Saturdays at this school, and let me tell you, they didn’t disappoint. There were a lot more kids there than I was used to. But as Kia had mentioned the weekend before, they were very...
A little history...
Nutrition Education and Exercise Development (N.E.E.D) was created in 2010 by dietetic students from California State University, Fresno for a community nutrition class. N.E.E.D collaborates with Every Neighborhood Partnership (ENP) as an outreach effort to help promote healthy living and wellness in ENP’s Saturday Sports program. Originally the program began as a class project created by...