It was time for fall gleaning on Oct. 29-30, and families from Loma Verde Elementary went to the Farm at the Indian Valley Campus of College of Marin, only two miles from their school. Over the two-day Fall Wellness Event, they attended cooking demos and watched a video screening of HBO’s “Weight of the Nation.”
Not only did they learn a new way to serve vegetables like rainbow chard but how prepared foods high in sugar are causing diabetes and other medical problems for our children.
The Food and Nutritional Services is initiating solution-based programs for the Novato Unified School District such as these in an effort to create healthy change in our community.
Led by Miguel Villarreal and FANS Staff (Food and Nutritional Services), this event is a model for future events throughout the school district.
“Programs such as these, offer fun, educational experiences that introduce new vegetables and their taste as well as develop a school community that supports healthy living and a healthy planet,” says Villarreal.
Wellness is a priority in NUSD but it takes a village to make it come alive. Actively working to advance these programs in our schools, Miguel Villarreal is looking for School Ambassadors, Wellness Committee members and messengers. To get involved in these empowering Wellness events for your school contact Miguel Villarreal at firstname.lastname@example.org.
— By Bonnie Neer