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Current Projects and Highlights



The California Endowment
Promoting Health in School Environments: To build the capacity of school administrators and parents to improve school meals and beverages in school districts in South Kern County
Project LEAN is working in the areas of Arvin, Lamont, Di Giorgio, Vineland, and Greenland to establish Local School Wellness Councils where policy development or revision can be guided, or implemenation plans can be devised.  CPL will convene stakeholder trainings and meetings and provide direct training and technical assistance to parents and school districts. 
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Community Partners Training and Technical Assistance
Since 2012 Community Partners has worked with California Project LEAN to support their grantees by providing training and technical assistance to engage parents and partners to advance Local School Wellness Policies. 
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Kaiser Permanente Northern California Community Benefit Programs
Fresno - Continuing to Advance School Wellness - 20643003
With the success of passing the Madera Unified School District Wellness Policy, Project LEAN will continue to support Madera through it's implementation process, guide revisions, assist with communications, and support the Madera Wellness Council.

Madera Unified School District – Assistant Superintendent Breaks Ground with the Madera School Board
After much work, from us and many, many others, I am so proud of the work the district is doing. I just had to share this
PowerPoint. It was created by the assistant superintendent and presented to their school board last night, March 10, 2015. Our work is about working with and building the capacity of key stakeholders and this power point shows me just that.
Jane Alvarado-Banister
Program Manager – Central Valley
 The process Madera USD embarked on is impressive and should be hailed as a model for other districts in the state and nation. The efforts were led by the Assistant Superintendent by a directive of the Superintendent and was supported by two school board members. Promotoras de Salud were already strong advocates in their community and insisted on lasting change. Due to California Project LEAN’s (CPL) experience and expertise, MUSD invited CPL to lead their policy revision efforts and requested the process to be inclusive of the Coordinated School Health model.

The process was a grass roots effort by parents and community to strengthen BP 5030 - School Wellness Policy.  The group/community encouraged the district to be a leader and champion for student health and well-being. 

The Wellness Council has met approximately 10 times over the past 12 months and many sub-committee meetings have taken place.

Wellness Council members, comprised of over 44 representatives, have participated in the development of the Wellness Policy. 

Wellness Council members include:
  • Board Trustees
  • District Office Administrators/Directors/Coordinators
  • Site Administrators
  • Nurses
  • Family Liaison/Family Support Specialist
  • Teachers
  • Parents
  • Camarena Health – Promotoras
  • Dairy Council
  • Madera Parks and Recreation
  • Madera County Health Dept.
  • Central Valley Health Collaborative
  • Valley Children’s Hospital
  • California Project LEAN
  • Local Health Care Providers
  • CNEP – Cal Fresh
  • SNAP Ed
  • UC Co-Op
  • First Five
The updated policy addresses nutrition guidelines for all foods and beverages available on school campus, including access to water language that exceeds the California Plumbing Code, guidelines for physical activity and physical education, the overall school environment, health services, mental health, restorative justice in District discipline practices, lactation accommodation, and other pertinent issues identified by the Wellness Council.

CPL developed and provided an implementation plan template and progress tracker for the Wellness Council. The implementation plan template is used to assess current practices and to develop an action plan for wellness policy implementation and the progress tracker has been completed to identify policy implementation completed thus far.

Currently, efforts underway include:
  • Parent Outreach
  • Site Administration Outreach and Training
  • Common Messaging to Staff

As mentioned, Madera USD is a model district exemplifying what it truly takes to bring community together and develop a very comprehensive wellness policy that not only affects students, but the whole school community, and a strategic plan to implement it.

South Alameda County - Healthy Schools for Healthy Kids - 20647802

Project LEAN is being funded to first survey the needs of school districts in the South Alameda County area and then provide training/technical assistance to draft or implement Local School Wellness Policy.  Areas of focus are Hayward Unified Parent University, Newark Unified School District, Fremont, and through partnership with the Alliance for a Healthier Generation for thier work in San Leandro. Back to top

Kaiser Permanente Northern California Community Benefit Programs
Manteca - Advancing School Wellness Through Policy - 20644865
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For more information contact Katherine Hawksworth by writing to
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Kaiser Permanente Northern California Community Benefit Programs, Fresno, 2014-2015
Advancing School Wellness
California Project LEAN is working in the Central Valley to increase the local capacity of school districts and public health departments to create healthier school environments and to increase parent and youth capacity in advocacy efforts to advance school wellness activities. 
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The California Endowment, 2013-2015
Building Momentum for Parent Engagement in School Wellness Policies
Expanding on the success of HEAC (2005-2013), CPL provided training and technical assistance to parents, schools and community partners in Coachella, City Heights, Sacramento and South Kern during Year 1 of the project.  Currently, CPL is working with five school districts in South Kern, two districts in San Diego and one school district in the Bay Area to engage and empower parents to advance Local School Wellness Policy efforts. 
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Kaiser Foundation Hospitals, San Diego, 2014-2015
Engaging Parents in Promoting Healthy Beverages at School
Training and technical assistance is being provided to San Diego parent leaders and partners to identify strategies particularily through the Local School Wellness Policy to promote healthier beverages and decrease access to sugary drinks in the school environment. 
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The California Endowment, 2005-2013Healthy Eating Active Communities (HEAC), 2005-2013
California Project LEAN served as training and technical assistance provider to TCE school sector grantees involved with its $26+ million childhood obesity prevention program.  California Project LEAN provided training, resources, and ongoing technical assistance on improving the school food and physical activity environment in California through policy change. 
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Central California Regional Obesity Prevention (CCROPP)
CCROPP is a program that supports access to healthy, affordable foods and access to physical activity resources in multiple counties in California’s Central Valley.  California Project LEAN provides support and resources to CCROPP stakeholders working with school sites.  Through parent engagement trainings, school staff trainings on local school wellness policies, and technical assistance to CCROPP community partners, California Project LEAN is helping to improve school nutrition and physical activity environments. 
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Joint Use of School Facilities for Physical Activity
California Project LEAN, in partnership with the
California Center for Physical Activity, is working to improve state and local policies and practices that support community use of school facilities outside of the school day for the purposes of physical activity and recreation.  Many communities across California lack safe, well-maintained, and accessible places for community members to be physically active.  Access to no- or low-cost public spaces for physical activity plays a critical role in the prevention and treatment of obesity and overweight.  In many communities, schools provide the only open space for recreation and physical activity for students, families, and the community.  Policies and practices that support community use of outdoor facilities anytime outside of the school day and/or agreements where schools/districts/county offices of education jointly share recreational facilities for community use before, during and/or after the school day are a healthy solution that optimizes resources. Back to top
Reducing Consumption of Sugar Sweetened BeveragesCalifornia Project LEAN worked to limit the availability of unhealthy drinks (i.e., sugar-sweetened beverages) (SSBs) through promoting policy changes that limited the sale of SSBs in California public schools.  SSBs are the single largest contributor of calorie intake in the United States and increased SSB intake is associated with poor diet, obesity, and risk for diabetes.  For children, each extra can or glass of a SSB consumed per day increases their chance of becoming obese by 60 percent.  Current legislation prohibits the sale of soda in schools but allows the sale of other SSBs, such as electrolyte replacement beverages.  These often have as much sugar as soda and in 2008, a representative sample of California public high schools indicated that 8 of the 10 top beverages sold a la carte were electrolyte replacement beverages.  Project LEAN worked with key partners to lay the groundwork for closing the gap in the law that allows public middle and high schools in California to sell electrolyte replacement beverages. Back to top
Reducing Intake of Sodium in Shasta CountyCalifornia Project LEAN worked with Shasta County Public Health (SCPH) to implement policy and environmental strategies to reduce sodium intake in Shasta County. Reducing excess sodium intake in the population can lead to reductions in rates of hypertension and cardiovascular disease. SCPH will work with restaurants, schools, and local governments to pass policies which set sodium guidelines for foods offered and sold in these venues. California Project LEAN will support Shasta County’s efforts by providing ongoing training and technical assistance and by sharing the lessons learned across the state. To learn more about local, state, and national strategies to reduce sodium intake, read Los Angeles County Public Health's sodium brief, The Potential Health Impact of Reducing Excess Sodium Consumption in Los Angeles CountyBack to top
Improving Physical Activity and Physical Education in Schools by Improving District Policies
California Project LEAN, in partnership with the California School Boards Association (CSBA), is working with school board members to elevate the importance of physical activity and physical education before, during and after school. CA Project LEAN and CSBA are providing resources and trainings to district governance teams on physical activity policy adoption, implementation, monitoring and evaluation. 
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