Celebrating Community Health Collaborators


Celebrating Community Health Collaborators

29, February 2016 2:42 PM

Promoting health and nutrition doesn't occur in a vacuum. Dairy Council of California professionals work with a host of partners across the state and the country to develop and support programs and initiatives that will help elevate the health of children and parents through the pursuit of healthy eating patterns. Much of this work goes on behind the scenes, but at recent town hall rallies in northern and southern California, Dairy Council of CA spotlighted five very deserving individuals with a newly-minted Community Health Collaborator award. This recognition acknowledges their contributions to community health in general and to Dairy Council of CA in particular.

Lynell Ross receives Community Health Collaborator award from Tammy Anderson-Wise and LeAnne RuzzamentiLynell Ross (pictured at left with Tammy Anderson-Wise and LeAnne Ruzzamenti), a Certified Health and Wellness Coach and author of Healthy Coach Wisdom, has a personal investment in promoting community health. After watching several close family members and friends struggle with chronic disease triggered by poor eating habits and lack of physical activity, Ross was inspired to become a health coach and help others. Ross utilizes several Dairy Council of CA adult education booklets and online tools in her client counseling practice, including the 
Healthy Eating Planner evaluation tool. Tammy Anderson-Wise presents Heather Reed the Community Health Collaborator award with Shannan Young

Heather Reed (pictured at right with Tammy Anderson-Wise and Shannan Young), MA, RD, Nutrition Education Consultant for State of California, Department of Education , is responsible for providing school districts with guidance on local school wellness policies. As many Dairy Council of CA Community Nutrition Advisers serve on local school wellness policy committees, her knowledge and expertise have been invaluable to our staff and these schools. Additionally, as Reed leads the department’s Team Nutrition Smarter Lunchrooms Movement grant to provide funding for school districts, she works closely with the Dairy Council of CA and other partners on the Smarter Lunchrooms Movement of California team to implement the principles and practices while connecting cafeteria to the classroom through nutrition education. 

Robert Lewis and Suzy Sayers awarded Community Health Collaborator awards with Candice Sainz

Dr. Robert Lewis (pictured at left with colleague Lorena Quezada, Suzy Sayers and Candice Sainz), Director of Nutrition Services to El Monte City School District has lead his district on a health and wellness transformation that started with the Local School Wellness Policies and has expanded to encompass nearly every aspect of the school environment. Lewis' commitment to community health and wellness is evident in his district's adoption of classroom nutrition education, an overhaul of the school cafeteria menus, murals on the walls at schools across the district and an effort to bring Mobile Dairy Classroom to at least one school site each year. Learn more about El Monte's transformative story in Schools Are the Nexus for Community Health

Suzy Sayers (pictured above with Dr. Lewis, Lorena Quezada and Candice Sainz), Director of Food Services for the El Monte Union High School District has embraced the Smarter Lunchrooms Movement concepts to revamp the cafeterias and menus for her district schools to entice teens to eat healthy. From menu changes to themed lunch room renovations, Sayers has achieved a 49% increase in nutrient-rich lunches served throughout the district. That means an additional 74,000 meals are fueling students each year.  Sayers works closely with partners like Nutrition Education Obesity Prevention to promote fruits and vegetables and Dairy Council of CA to implement strategies which are today known as the tenets of the Smarter Lunchroom Movement. She and her staff are dedicated to these new programs because promoting nutrition and educating students about the benefits of eating healthy is just as important as the aesthetic changes. Read more about Sayers and her efforts in this Smarter Lunchrooms Movement feature.

Silvia Bishop awarded Community Health Collaborator by Efrain Valenzuela and Tammy Anderson-Wise

Silvia K. Bishop (pictured at right with Efrain Valenzuela and Tammy Anderson-Wise) is Chief Executive Officer 48th District Agricultural Association Schools' Agriculture and Nutrition Program/Fair. Since 1998, Bishop has been an intrinsic partner for Dairy Council of CA's Mobile Dairy Classroom Assembly Program, ensuring the Classroom is scheduled to represent the dairy industry as part of the 48th District Fair, which incorporates one day of Ag Day LA. Additionally, the 48th District's Schools program serves as a year-round resource center for teachers from the greater Los Angeles and surrounding school districts. The Schools’ Agriculture and Nutrition Program provides free materials to assist teachers in instructing students about where food and fiber comes from, the benefits of healthy eating habits and how important agriculture is to the economy of California. 

Tags: community health Healthy eating mobile dairy classroom school wellness smarter lunchrooms

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