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By invitation only, California Project LEAN will be hosting its 8th dinner convening for school superintendents and school board members of the South Kern region by March 31, 2018.  To learn more about our work in the Central Valley contact Program Manager Jane Alvarado-Banister at (559) 356-8299 or by writing to [email protected].


Childhood Obesity Conference - June 1, 2017

Jane Alvarado-Banister presented during the Mini Plenary Session,  
Growing a Healthy Foundation for learning: What's new in Local School Wellness Policies from Grassroots to D.C., CPL's experience in policy change efforts,
"Advancing School Wellness Policies through Collaborative Efforts: Madera, CA Experience".


In May 2016, the Public Health Institute's California Project LEAN (CPL) and Center for Wellness and Nutrition (CWN) hosted Catalysts for Change: 3 Perspectives for Healthy Policy and Practice Change in the School Environment, a webinar highlighting three school stakeholders--an adult ally working with youth, a parent leader, and a district assistant superintendent--about their efforts to advance successful school wellness policy and practices in their district.  In case you missed it, here is the webinar link and below are the speakers’ presentations:

Southeast Learning Community Webinar: School and Childcare Wellness Policies and Practices

On December 1, 2015, PHI Center for Wellness and Nutrition hosted a webinar for the Southeast Learning Community that focused on school and childcare wellness policies and practices. CPL Program Manager, Katherine Hawksworth, was invited to provide an overview of local school wellness policies, engaging various stakeholders, as well as, expanding wellness into the childcare setting. Southeast Learning Community: School and Childcare Wellness Policies and Practices
School Wellness Summit 2015: The Value of Crafting an Individualized Local School Wellness Policy On October 8, 2015, The Orfalea Foundation and local partners hosted their 2nd Annual School Wellness Summit in Solvang, California. CPL Program Manager, Katherine Hawksworth, was invited to provide the keynote address to the 175+ attendees. The presentation titled, The Value of Crafting an Individualized Local School Wellness Policyaddresses the importance for school districts to develop and implement their local school wellness policy based on district identified needs and priorities to support student health and academic success.
Shasta County Sodium Forum: Building Support for Sodium Reduction California Project LEAN and Shasta County Public Health hosted a half day forum to build support for sodium reduction efforts throughout Shasta County. Speakers included Dr. Andrew Deckert, Health Officer, Shasta County Public Health; Dr. Tony Kuo, Director, Officer of Senior Health, Los Angeles County Public Health; Christine Lafontant, Recreation manager, San Diego Parks and Recreation and Dr. Robert Lewis, Director of Nutrition Services, El Monte City School District. The speakers highlighted local successes and lessons learned in advancing sodium reduction efforts. PowerPoints from the forum are available for download here:Making New Places for Play: Joint Use Agreements Between Schools and Parks
With limited and sometimes diminishing resources, communities across the nation are challenged to provide children and adults with opportunities for physical activity. Joint-use agreements that allow the shared use of school and park facilities are enabling communities to meet this challenge both during and after school hours.

This webinar, hosted by the National Safe Routes to School Partnership and the National Recreation and Park Association, examines how joint-use agreements can be negotiated to allow the shared use of school recreational facilities, parks, and community recreation centers.

Speakers included Rich Dolesh, Chief of Public Policy, National Recreation and Park Association, Joanne Gooley, Physical Activity Specialist, California Project LEAN, California Department of Health, and Michael Shull, Superintendent of Planning and Construction, Department of Recreation and Parks, City of Los Angeles.