Dairy Council of California
Dairy Council of California is committed to elevating the health of children and families in California and beyond through the pursuit of lifelong healthy eating habits.
- In promoting nutrition equity for optimal growth, health, well-being, which contributes to healthy communities.
- Children and their families deserve equitable access to nutrition education and healthy foods.
- Milk and dairy foods are essential to daily healthy eating patterns in sustainable food systems.
- Collaboration is vital to ensure children are supported to grow healthfully.
Many children in California and throughout the United States do not have access to nutritious foods and nutrition education, leaving them without the support they need to achieve optimal health. While the environmental conditions affecting health are complex, supporting children’s health through nutrition can have a lifelong impact on their success in school and life.
Achieving nutrition equity will require comprehensive, creative and collaborative action among many stakeholders, including community leaders and experts in nutrition, health and education, as well as consideration of the important perspectives of the people within communities.
One way educators and health professionals can be part of the solution to improve nutrition equity is to join the Let’s Eat Healthy movement to support children and families in building healthier lives and communities. Through shared values, the movement aims to empower stakeholders to champion community health through nutrition, provide resources to inspire and enable healthy eating habits, and find solutions to make nutritious foods accessible and affordable to all of our diverse communities. Join the movement today at HealthyEating.org/Join.
Through Let’s Eat Healthy, Dairy Council of California introduced the Well-Nourished, Brighter Futures Initiative, which brought together experts in health representing community-based, academia, government and advocacy organizations in California to identify opportunities and needs in the community. Together, participants developed a framework and future action items to ensure all children in California are well-nourished and supported for a brighter future.
Dairy Council of California provides resources and services at low and no cost to millions of children, families, and partners in health, education, agriculture and community organizations. The Resource Hub at HealthyEating.org/OnlineLearning provides materials to teach nutrition fundamentals and agriculture literacy with downloadable and print resources.
Find stories of educators who are changing lives and improving nutrition security through nutrition education at HealthyEating.org/Blog. Through trusted relationships with students and nutrition education, educators find creative ways to connect students and families to nutritious foods that can support their health and resilience.
As school communities incorporate Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) into curricula and teaching practices, nutrition education can provide opportunities for students to develop fundamental SEL skills. Activities related to food naturally bring students together to build relationships, self-awareness, and other social-emotional skills,
while also relating food and nutrition to their own health, culture and personal experiences. Learn more about the connection between Social and Emotional Learning and Nutrition Education at HealthyEating.org/SEL.
We look forward to opportunities to work together to elevate the health of children and families.
Dairy Council of California
1416 North Market Boulevard, Suite 500, Sacramento, CA 95834