HealthCorps Wants You to be Brave

Posted 09/04/2014 | By HealthCorps

What an amazing summer training program we had in Sacramento, California. Twenty-three college graduates from across the country recently completed our intensive, four-week HealthCorps skills and curriculum training and are now heading to high schools across the nation to tackle the childhood obesity crisis as HealthCorps Coordinators.

Training began June 25th in Sacramento, CA with a welcome BBQ to introduce new Coordinators and staff before they dove into training. Their daily schedule included sessions on facilitating classroom lessons, curriculum training, hands-on teaching time and special partner presentations, as well as several special events:

  • Coordinators headed out to the farm to see our partners at The Center for Land-Based Learning, who hosted interactive lessons on local farming, cooking and partnership building in a community.
  • Coordinators took their knowledge of the HealthCorps curriculum and hosted a couple of health and wellness booths, as well as distributed food at the Sacramento Food Bank and Family Services distribution site, engaging with the local community.
  • Coordinators worked with students and Sacramento High School staff to host an in-school health fair during lunch that included dancing, healthy snacks and a guest appearance from Sacramento Kings mascot, Slamson.
  • The Coordinators also got to show off their cooking skills and creativity in a cooking challenge hosted by the California Walnut Board. Coordinators were judged on four qualities: kid friendly food, creativity of walnut use, easily replicated by students and their families, and taste. Recipes included walnut pancakes, polenta and walnut stuffed bell peppers with salsa, mini walnut crusted strawberry pies and fruit stacks with walnut mousse.

There were lots of hugs and tearful farewells the last day, and before sending our Coordinators off to their schools we left them with some words of wisdom – BE BRAVE. Watch the video and join the movement!!

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