How Can The School Nutrition Association Best Serve All of Its Stakeholders – Including Children?

by Claud Mann After working with The White House to help pass the 2010 Healthy, Hunger Free Kids Act, the SNA is now actively lobbying to gut the requirements specified in the act. Specifically, SNA Read more

Outdoor classroom spaces come in many shapes and sizes.

Learning the World: The Outdoor Classroom Project brings Outdoor Education to Early Childhood Centers

Click HERE for a Santa Maria Sun feature story on the Outdoor Classroom Project and Allan Hancock College. Thanks to Joe Payne for covering this innovative approach to early childhood education.

Food Action Plan -- Listening Sessions - Version 2

Help Create the Santa Barbara County Food Action Plan!

From our friend Melissa Gomez Fontaine at the Foodbank of Santa Barbara County: You are invited to a listening session for the Santa Barbara County Food Action Plan. These listening sessions are an opportunity for Read more

Lompoc High Braves Become Agents of Nutritional Change

by Kirsten Criswell After attending the School Wellness Summit in October 2014, Lompoc High School Health and Wellness Career Academy Coordinator Jenn Pyre saw an opportunity to strengthen wellness education. In collaboration with the Child Read more

Chefs on Campus, In the Garden and the Classroom

Last Wednesday I got a little lonesome in the upstairs offices of the Orfalea Foundation, as my coworkers were nowhere to be found. Checking everyone’s calendars, I saw that Claud Mann was at Dos Pueblos Read more

Future engineers?

Five Santa Barbara Foundations Join White House to Support Early Childhood Education

WASHINGTON – Five Santa Barbara County foundations have joined the launch of Invest in US, a national campaign and challenge issued today by President Barack Obama to business leaders, philanthropists, advocates and public officials to Read more

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Giving and Gaining: REACH Students Serve and Learn

by Kari Weber Giving and gaining are symbiotic components of community involvement. To support one of six core areas, students in the Orfalea Foundation’s REACH program give their time and gain knowledge, understanding and experience. The Read more

SBCEO Deputy Superintendent Susan Salcido offered closing remarks at the 2014 School Wellness Summit.

School Wellness Summit Part 6: “We share a common moral compass; an understanding that while we’re here to ensure student academic achievement, we’re also here to support the overall wellbeing of these kids.”

As our day of education, inspiration and camaraderie drew to a close, School Food Initiative Director Kathleen de Chadenèdes returned to the lectern to thank the attendees and discuss the future of the School Wellness Read more

Panel 3: Kathleen de Chadenedes, Kim Greer, Nancy Weiss, and Bethany Markee.

School Wellness Summit Part 5: “We know that wellness pays in the long term, but how do we pay for it in the short term?”

Orfalea Foundation School Food Initiative Director Kathleen de Chadenèdes opened the third panel of the School Wellness Summit by sharing the primary objection she hears when promoting innovative ideas in school health and wellness: “Where Read more

California State Senator Hannah Beth Jackson powers a bicycle blender to make smoothies for children at Mary Buren Elementary School in Guadalupe.

Food Day 2014: Local Schools Celebrate Health and Wellness

by Kirsten Criswell Food Day inspires Americans to change our diets and our food policies. Every October 24, thousands of events all around the country bring Americans together to celebrate and enjoy real food and to Read more

About WholeChildAction

Whole Child Action is a collection of best practices, resources, and role models collected by the Orfalea Foundation through our work in early childhood education, school food reform, and youth development. READ MORE

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