Healthy Youth Program

healthy youth program

Our Mission:  Empowering youth and their families to achieve optimal health through hands-on education.

The Healthy Youth Program is an outreach branch of the Linus Pauling Institute. At the Healthy Youth Program we believe it is an investment in the future to afford children equitable opportunities to eat healthful, nourishing foods, and to have the tools and resources needed to grow and prepare these foods. We offer cooking, nutrition, and garden-based programs for youth (preschool through grade 12) and families throughout our local communities, with a foccus on partnerships to maximize impact and reach youth and families most in need. Many of our programs are based on vegetable gardens, linking a healthy and active lifestyle with a healthy and sustainable environment. We engage children and families through participatory education, hands-on activities, and interactive dialogue. All of our programs are youth and family centered, tailored to their unique needs, and build on the strengths of the participating youth and families for long-term success.

 

Programs

The Healthy Youth Program is a wellness and healthy lifestyle program for children (preschool through grade 12) and their families. Many of our programs are based on vegetable gardens, linking a healthy and active lifestyle with a healthy and sustainable environment and providing fresh produce for families in need.

We engage children and families through participatory education, hands-on activities, and interactive dialogue. All of our programs are youth and family centered, tailored to their unique needs, and build on the strengths of the participating youth and families for long-term success.

Full and partial scholarships are available for all programs. To apply, please print and complete a scholarship application, available in English or in Spanish.

For a taste of our programs, please check out our PROGRAM PHOTOS!

 

Youth Programs

Ages 

Location 

Dates 

Times 

Registration 

Fresh Grown Cooking for Kids

6 - 8 year olds

Corvallis High School
Room H3

October 5th - November 16th

Each Thursday, 4-6 pm

*No class Oct. 26th*

Registration Now Open!

Fresh Grown Cooking for Kids

8 - 11 year olds

Corvallis High School

Room H3

Next class coming soon!

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TBA

Master Chefs

Grades 6th - 8th

Linus Pauling Middle School
Room 115

October 10th - November 21st

Each Tuesday, 4-6 pm

Registration Now Open!

Master Chefs Pro

Grades 6th - 8th

Linus Pauling Middle School
Room 115

Next class coming soon!

TBA

TBA

Lincoln Garden Club

Grades 2nd & 3rd 

Lincoln Elementary School Garden

October 11th - November 15th

Each Wednesday, 2:45-4:15 pm

*No club Oct. 25th or 27th

Registration for 2nd & 3rd Grades

Lincoln Garden Club

Grades  K & 1st 

 Lincoln Elementary School Garden

 October 13th - November 17th

 Each Friday, 1:45-3:15 pm

*No club Oct. 25th or 27th

Registration for K & 1st Grades

Healthy Sprouts

Guardians & Chidren Ages 3-5 years

Clemens Primary School, Philomath

October 5th - November 16th

Each Thursday, 9:15-11:15 am

Registration Now Open!

 

REFUND POLICY:

Paid registrations cancelled at least one week before the start of classes or camps will receive a full refund*. If you cancel after that time, your payment will not be refunded. The Healthy Youth Program does not issue partial refunds.
 
A full refund will be issued if the Healthy Youth Program cancels a class or camp.
 
*If you paid by credit card, your refund will be issued promptly. If you paid by check, it may take up to 6 weeks for you to receive your refund check in the mail.

 

 

Our Gardens

boys planting

The Healthy Youth Program manages three school gardens in Corvallis where we work with students, teachers, and volunteers, host our classes, workshops, and camps, and provide fresh produce to families in need.    

Lincoln Garden

Información en Español

lincoln garden

 

Lincoln Garden, located at Lincoln Elementary School in South Corvallis, is a gathering place for children and families to learn the connection between a healthy environment and a healthy lifestyle while growing, preparing, and enjoying fresh produce.  During the school day, Lincoln Garden is an outdoor classroom for Lincoln Elementary students.  Healthy Youth Program garden educators provide garden-based activities connected to state standards that enrich curricula at each grade level.  After school, Lincoln Elementary students participate in Lincoln Garden Club, where they explore the joy of gardening and taste its rewards. Volunteers from OSU, Lincoln parents, and the community help to maintain Lincoln Garden through weekly work parties, and excess produce is sold at reduced prices through the School Garden Veggie Box Program. Visit the sections below to learn more about Lincoln Garden! 

Nutritional information for fruits and vegetables grown at Lincoln Garden can be found here: Garden Signs.

Classroom Connections

students at lincoln schoolClassroom Connections at Lincoln Garden aims to:

  • Integrate garden learning into the classroom curriculum
  • Increase place-based learning experiences related to classroom curriculum
  • Increase student’s connection and relationship to nature
  • Increase student’s knowledge of where their food comes from
  • Provide new food experiences to students and encourage them to taste fresh produce
  • Teach children about the importance of making healthy food choices

Kid Friendly Gardening Tip: Kids like veggies that they can eat raw. Plant colorful, fun varieties like cherry tomatoes, lemon cucumbers, mini-bell peppers, easter egg radishes and dinosaur kale!

Kid Quote: "I've never liked this but now that I eat it straight from the ground, it's so good!" --Lily Blue

Volunteering at Lincoln Garden

Regular volunteer opportunities are available at Lincoln Garden for:

  • Parents of Lincoln Elementary School students
  • OSU student groups
  • High school students 
  • Community members 

Please visit our volunteer page, or contact Caitlyn Reilley for more information: caitlyn.reilley@oregonstate.edu

 

Tend, Mend & Mingle

Lincoln Elementary 

Lincoln Garden presents: Tend, Mend, and Mingle

8am-10am in the Lincoln School Garden on the 1st Thursday of the month

(No meetings Dec & Jan) 

The Healthy Youth Program invites you to join us, after school day drop off, once a month for Tend Mend and Mingle in the Lincoln Garden ... These will happen on the first Thursday of the month, and will be a chance to gather to work on garden-related projects, and build community through hands-on/minds-on service learning projects.  These are intended for families (including children) of the Lincoln School Community as well as for members of the larger South Town community to work and share in the garden together (no Lincoln school kids will join us on these days in the garden: we have other opportunities for them to learn, explore and work in the gardens).

All participants will check into the school office prior to volunteering, and sign a project volunteer waiver with the Linus Pauling Institute (provided upon arrival).  Garden Projects will be led by the Healthy Youth Program Garden Team.

Please contact aliesje.king@oregonstate.edu with any questions.

Our Garden Story

The Lincoln Garden, located in the heart of the South Corvallis community, is one of the longest-lived school gardens in the Corvallis area. It was established more than 15 years ago! Nestled between Lincoln Elementary School and the soccer fields, this garden has a rich and varied history of care and use. 

Many community members and organizations have tended the garden alongside Lincoln students over the years. Some of these include Corvallis Environmental Center’s Edible Corvallis Initiative, former Corvallis Parks and Recreation AmeriCorps service member, Ronjon Datta, and South Corvallis resident, Cheryl Good. Cheryl originally began a Lincoln Garden webpage and more details on the earlier garden can be found there

In September 2012, the Healthy Youth Program took on the role of managing the Lincoln Garden, and it was utilized mainly for after school programming with the Lincoln Lion’s Den. 

In the spring of 2013, in collaboration with Lincoln administrators, the Healthy Youth Program was awarded a generous grant from Spirit Mountain Foundation to reinvigorate this South Corvallis gem. In keeping with Cheryl’s original intent to provide a garden space for both children and the greater community, we set out to not only double the garden’s growing capacity, but also to increase and diversify its use. 

Our vision is for the Lincoln Garden to become a highly valued community resource where students and their families come together to grow, harvest and enjoy healthy, freshly harvested produce. We are well on our way thanks to the help of many community volunteers!  Interested in helping?  Please visit our volunteer page.

Pauling Pride Garden

The Healthy Youth Program has partnered with Linus Pauling Middle School (LPMS) to manage the Pauling Pride Garden and increase student participation in this outdoor learning space. Through Pride Periods, Extra Learning Time, and classes, LPMS students have opportunities to explore the garden, learn how to grow fresh fruits and vegetables, and investigate the important link between a healthy environment and a healthy lifestyle.

Our Garden Story

In 2013, the Healthy Youth Program (HYP) announced the addition of the Pauling Pride Garden at Linus Pauling Middle School (LPMS) to our programs! This terrific garden plot and greenhouse had been well-maintained by Master Gardener volunteers for many years prior; the HYP garden team was thankful to have “inherited” such a loved space! We hope to continue working with interested volunteers and LPMS students to maintain this garden space.

As the HYP continues to expand school programs at Lincoln Garden (Lincoln Elementary School) and Spartan Garden (Corvallis High School), it is exciting to be able to bridge the gap by reaching middle school students at the Pauling Pride Garden.

LPMS students and volunteers help plant, tend, and harvest a thriving Pauling Pride Garden while learning the science behind the practice. Our Junior Master Chefs Camp has been offered for several summers at Pauling Pride Garden, following our model for using and maintaining the garden in the summer. Late-season plantings are included in all our summer camp curricula, so school students will have plenty of fruits and vegetables to harvest and enjoy when they return in the fall.

School Gardening

During the school year, the Healthy Youth Program’s Garden Assistant working at the Pauling Pride Garden will provide opportunities for students to be involved in the garden. Weekly visits during Pride Periods, Extra Learning Time, and classes will:

  • Increase place-based learning experiences for all students
  • Increase students’ connection and relationship to nature
  • Increase students’ knowledge of where their food comes from
  • Provide new food experiences to students and encourage them to taste fresh produce
  • Teach students about the importance of making healthy food choices
  • Highlight the connection between a healthy environment and a healthy lifestyle

Spartan Garden

The Healthy Youth Program partnered with Corvallis High School (CHS) to develop the Spartan Garden, which serves as a place-based outdoor learning resource for the school. In the Spartan Garden, students of all ability levels learn where their food comes from and the value of eating plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables.  Spartan Garden produce is used for healthy snacks during lunch and break, in the school cafeteria, and is given to any students helping to maintain the garden. Our Chefs in the Garden summer day camps help keep the Spartan Garden vibrant during the summer, and any excess produce is donated to area food banks.  

The Spartan Urban Farm Fellowship is an after school program at the Spartan Garden for CHS students interested in a deeper exploration of growing food and understanding the connection between a healthy environment and a healthy lifestyle.  Visit the sections below to learn more about the Spartan Garden!

Spartan Urban Farm Fellowship

Urban Farm Summer Internship:

  • The application process for 2017 Urban Farm summer interns is now closed.  We look forward to working with our fantastic crew of interns this summer!

 

Beginning in fall of 2014, with the implementation of the Spartan Urban Farm Fellowship, the Spartan Garden began the transition to an urban farm. Several students, interested in learning about growing and eating sustainable foods, community service, and leadership, applied for and were selected as Spartan Urban Farm Fellows.  These students grow food to be eaten by CHS students at lunch, to donate to area food banks, and to sell at the Lincoln Farmers Market (2015) or through Community Supported Agriculture memberships (2016, more info coming soon!). 

The goals of the urban farm project are to:

  • Provide tools for students to learn holistic life-skills and lead a healthy lifestyle;
  • Educate students about sustainable agricultural practices through hands-on experience;
  • Increase students’ community involvement;
  • Provide students with an opportunity to gain leadership, business, entrepreneurial and career-related skills through a Farmers Market model.

To date, students have learned about seasonal changes on a farm, when to harvest, the importance of managing healthy soil for healthy plants and people, how to build compost, and crop rotation and planning. The farm fellows then put their learning into practice by deciding what to grow in the winter. Cold-hardy overwintering crops like garlic, onions, shallots, kale, and broccoli were planted, along with various types of cover crops, which are intended to benefit the soil.

The farm fellows also performed several harvests of late-summer and fall produce for the CHS cafeteria, the Lincoln Farmers Market, the South Corvallis Food Bank, and to take home for personal use.

Classroom Connections

The Spartan Garden provides an easily accessible outdoor learning resource, where classroom connections can be made to multiple disciplines. The Healthy Youth Program’s garden educators work with CHS students and teachers to make these connections. Below is a list of some of the CHS student projects in the garden:

  • Kevin Skillings' woodworking students built the vegetable washing sinks and two of the main garden sheds;
  • Brian Wake's horticulture students participated in the development of the Spartan Garden by creating beds, weeding, mulching, and planting.  They experimented with cover crops, learned about soil properties, and tested growing media with visits from a Healthy Youth Program garden educator;
  • Britten Clark-Huyck's Botany students continue to explore cover crops and soil properties in the garden, as well as growing plant starts;
  • Julia Lont's art student designed and constructed the "Spartan Garden" sign - the carrot that hangs over the entrance;
  • Julia Lont's art classes used pumpkins and other garden produce to create a still life art project;
  • Julie Williams' sustainability classes have done various projects in the garden including using spinach, beets, strawberries, and pumpkins from the garden to make delicious Pumpkin Pie, Cucumber-Pear, and It’s Easy Being Green smoothies and juices to share with the rest of CHS during morning break;
  • Kristen Hackethorn's senior foods students harvested fresh produce to make a capresse salad, and tasted three dishes prepared from different squash varieties grown in the garden; 
  • Christa Schmeder's ceramics students created hand-crafted tiles used to cover the cooking tables at the garden;
  • Amy Knoke's world literature students participated in a service learning project in the garden;
  • English Language Development students learned about gardening as a hobby and working outdoors as a career choice.

Career-Related Learning 

The Spartan Garden also provides students with opportunities for Service Learning, to fulfill their Career Shadow Experience and Extended Application requirements, and to earn credit for Internships and Structured Work Experience. Please contact the Healthy Youth Program if you are interested in incorporating the Spartan Garden into any of your required career-related learning experiences at CHS!

Background

Many adolescents have developed unhealthy eating habits and eat few or no fruits and vegetables on an average school day. According to the Oregon Department of Human Services, only 18% of 11th graders in Oregon consumed the recommended 5+ servings of fruits and vegetables per day. Our children and adolescents are constantly exposed to fast-food commercials, snack and soda vending machines, and other unhealthy calorie-rich snack foods.

We need to find a way to teach our adolescents to make food choices that will nurture their bodies and help them stay healthy. There is no quick-fix for unhealthy eating habits, including the overconsumption of calories, but through a school garden we might get adolescents into another kind of relationship with food by teaching them where their food comes from, the value of eating healthy foods, how to respect and take care of their environment, and the nurturing effects of preparing and eating a meal together with families and friends at the table. In addition, studies have found positive impacts of school gardens on eating and exercise behaviors as well as improved academic performance and attitudes towards learning.

To address this, the Linus Pauling Institute's Healthy Youth Program partnered with Corvallis High School (CHS) to develop a school garden that will be maintained by the high school students throughout the school year. The garden is located on an empty lot south of the football field and the track.

Spartan Garden sign    Spartan Garden

Accessibility for Everyone

Corvallis High School serves as the magnet school for all life skills students in the Corvallis School District. Construction of a paved area for accessible raised table beds was accomplished through volunteers of the 2012 OSU Alumni Association’s Community Day of Service.

day of service photo 1  day of service photo 2  day of service photo 3

More than 45 volunteers showed up for the 2012 OSU Alumni Association's Community Day of Service project at the Spartan Garden!

Our Garden Manifesto

garden manifesto

School Garden Fundraisers

The Healthy Youth Program has two on-going programs to help raise funds for the school gardens we manage:

 

1) SUMMER SCHOOL GARDEN VEGGIE BOXES:

OUR SCHOOL GARDEN VEGGIE BOX SUBSCRIPTIONS ARE FULL FOR 2017

A sincere thank you to everyone who subscribed to support our school garden programs and the Corvallis High School Urban Farm Summer Interns!  We hope you enjoy this summer's boutny!

Interested in receiving a weekly box of local fruits and vegetables grown and harvested by high schoolers at school gardens in Corvallis?  Sign up and support the CHS Urban Farm Summer Internship Program! All fruits and vegetables are produced using organic methods (although not certified organic).

This year, we have TWO payment options for a 5-week Veggie Box subscription:

OPTION 1) PAY $75 total (5 weeks of boxes at $15/box, pick-up once per week, July 18 - August 17). We have a limited number of boxes. To qualify for this payment option, you must:

  • Fill out an online form (click here for the CSA PAY Option form), and recieve a confirmation email;
  • Pay the $75 at your first box pick-up;
  • You must be able to pick up your box during one of the open garden hours, listed below.


OPTION 2) Harvest - Share: Trade 1½ hours of volunteer work per week, for 5 weeks in the garden (in exchange for one veggie box each week, for the five weeks). We have a limited number of boxes. To qualify for this payment option, you must:

  • Fill out an online form (click here for the CSA HARVEST - SHARE Option form), and receive a confirmation email;
  • Commit to 1½ hours of volunteer work per week in the garden, for 5 weeks (July 18 - August 17), no partial subscriptions please;
  • Be able to volunteer during the open garden hours, listed below.


         OPEN GARDEN HOURS for CSA Subscribers (box pick-ups and/or Harvest Share participants):
         CHS School Garden - Tuesdays, 1:00 - 3:00 PM (Jul. 18 - Aug. 15)
         Lincoln Elementary School Garden - Thursdays, 1:00 - 3:00 PM (Jul. 20 - Aug. 17)

 

2) ANNUAL SPRING SCHOOL GARDEN PLANT SALE:

Thank you to all that made the 2017 School Garden Plant Sale a huge success!

Look for more information on the 2018 SCHOOL GARDEN PLANT SALE in Spring 2018.

Proceeds from our annual Plant Sale Fundraiser help support school gardens managed by the Healthy Youth Program (specifically, school gardens at Lincoln Elementary School, Linus Pauling Middle School, and Corvallis High School); and help support our Urban Farm Interns (high school students helping to tend school gardens in the summer)!

Get Involved

Adult and child cookingVolunteer, Internship, and Student Job Opportunities

The Healthy Youth Program has ongoing opportunities for students and community members to get involved in our work.  If you enjoy cooking, gardening, and working with youth and families, please visit our volunteer, internships, and student jobs pages to learn more about how to get connected:


For more information, please contact:
Healthy Youth Program
Email: hyp@oregonstate.edu
Phone: 541-737-8014

Internships

      internships        

THANK YOUTO ALL OF OUR INCREDIBLE 2017 SUMMER INTERNS!

The Healthy Youth Program provides internship opportunities for students throughout the school year and every summer. By completing an internship with the Healthy Youth Program, students will have the opportunity to:

  • Develop skills and experience teaching and facilitating youth and family programs in nutrition, cooking, and/or gardening
  • Gain hands-on experience working with a diverse population of children and families of all ages and backgrounds
  • Work with a fun and dedicated team of staff and volunteers in a collaborative environment
  • Attend community meetings and learn more about the work taking place in Benton and Linn counties

During the school year, the Healthy Youth Program can host one intern per term (180-360 hours). Fall, winter and spring term interns must volunteer for our program for at least one term before completing an internship with us. Each summer, the Healthy Youth Program offers full-time summer internships for approximately 5-7 students. Summer interns are not required to have previous volunteer experience with our program. Please contact Caitlyn Reilley with questions or to learn more about internships with the Healthy Youth Program:

Caitlyn Reilley
Healthy Youth Program 
Email: caitlyn.reilley@oregonstate.edu
Phone: 541-737-8014 

 

Student Jobs

Student worker at camp

There are currently no student jobs available at this time. Please continue to check back!


For more information, please contact:
Healthy Youth Program 
Email: hyp@oregonstate.edu
Phone: 541-737-8014 

 

Volunteer

Each term, we post new volunteer opportunities to our website. Click on each program for a full position description and steps to apply:

FALL 2017 VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

Program

Age Group

Training

Location

Dates & Times

Fresh Grown Cooking for Kids

6-8 year olds

Tentative training

Oct. 3

Corvallis High School, room H3

Thursdays,

Oct. 5 – Nov. 16,

No FGC Oct. 26

3:15-6:45 pm

Master Chefs

6th-8th grade

Tentative training

Oct. 3

Linus Pauling Middle School, room 115

Tuesdays,

Oct. 10 – Nov. 21,

No MC Oct 31

3:15-6:45 pm

Super Chefs

6th-8th grade

Individual training

Boys & Girls Club of Corvallis

Wednesdays,

Sept. 20 – Oct. 18

4:15-5:45 pm

Garden Club

2nd & 3rd grade

Wednesday Oct. 4 

3-4 pm

Lincoln Elementary School Garden

Wednesdays,

Oct. 11 – Nov. 15,

No GC Oct. 25

2:30-4:30 pm

Garden Club

K  & 1st grade

 

Friday Oct. 6, 

2-3 pm

Lincoln Elementary School Garden

Fridays,

Oct. 13 – Nov.17

No GC Oct. 27

1:30-3:30 pm

Healthy Sprouts

Children age 3-5 & Family member

Individual training

Clemens Primary School, Philomath

Thursdays,

Oct. 5 – Nov. 16

9:00-11:30 am

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Application Materials

Volunteer paperwork is nearly the same for all programs. To volunteer with us, we need the following forms completed:


For more information, please contact the Healthy Youth Program at:
Email: hyp@oregonstate.edu
Phone: 541-737-8014 

 

Recipes & Handouts

Resources & Publications

Resources

Type

Brain Breaks: Classroom Fitness for Children

DVD
HYP informational handouts Handouts
Let's Cook! Kid Tested Recipes for the Whole Family Cookbook 
Micronutrient inadequacies in school children Study results
LPI fitness and nutrition study in children Study results
HYP program impact surveys Survey results
HYP in the news News articles

Publications

 
Frei, S., Frei, B., & Bobe, G. (2014) Low Vitamin D Status and Inadequate Nutrient Intakes of Elementary School Children in a Highly Educated Pacific Northwest Community. Journal of Extension, 52(4). Journal Article
Perera, T., Frei, S., Frei, B., Bobe, G. (2015) Promoting Physical Activity in Elementary Schools: Needs Assessment and a Pilot Study of Brain Breaks. Journal of Education and Practice, 6(15). Journal Article
Perera, T., Frei, S., Frei, B., Wong, S.S., and Bobe, G. (2015) The role of school foodservice personnel in nutrition education: Challenges and opportunities at U.S. elementary schools. J. Health Edu. Res. Dev. 3(2): e133. Journal Article
Perera, T., Frei, S., Frei, B., Wong, S.S., and Bobe, G. (2015) Improving nutrition education in U.S. elementary schools: Challenges and opportunities. J. Educ. Pract. 6(30): 41-50. Journal Article
Radloff C., C Russo, C. Bennett, and G. Bobe. 2016. Best practices for sustainably integrating school gardens into the Corvallis School District Wellness Policies. Presentation at the 72nd Annual Oregon Public Health Association Conference and Meeting in Corvallis, OR, October 10-11, 2016. Abstract
Radloff C., C Russo, C. Bennett, and G. Bobe. 2016. Parents’ attitudes about nutrition education, cooking/food preparation, and garden education being offered at public schools. Presentation at the 72nd Annual Oregon Public Health Association Conference and Meeting in Corvallis, OR, October 10-11, 2016. Abstract
Perera, T., and G. Bobe. 2016. Revisiting pulses as a ‘Superfood’: How can we improve pulse consumption? Presentation at the 72nd Annual Oregon Public Health Association Conference and Meeting in Corvallis, OR, October 10-11, 2016. Abstract
Perera, T., C Russo, C. Bennett, J. Patterson Jacobs, and G. Bobe. 2016. Fresh Grown Cooking for Kids: A multisensory nutrition and cooking program for elementary school-aged children. Presentation at the 72nd Annual Oregon Public Health Association Conference and Meeting in Corvallis, OR, October 10-11, 2016. Abstract
Perera, T., C Russo, C. Bennett, J. Patterson Jacobs, and G. Bobe. 2016. Master Chefs: A multisensory nutrition and cooking program for middle school-aged children. Presentation at the 72nd Annual Oregon Public Health Association Conference and Meeting in Corvallis, OR, October 10-11, 2016. Abstract
Bobe G, Perera T, Frei S, and Frei B (2014) Nutrition and physical activity assessment of teachers and cafeteria personnel in Oregon elementary schools: status, perceptions, and preferences.  Poster P86 at 2014 Society of Nutrition Education and Behavior Conference in Milwaukee, WI, June 28 – July 1, 2014.  J. Nutr. Educ. Behav. 46(4S) 141S. Abstract
Bobe, G., Perera, T., Frei, S., Frei, B. (2014) Brain Breaks: Physical Activity in the Classroom for Elementary School Children. Society for Nutrition Education and Behavior 2014 Conference Proceedings. Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior, 46(4S). Abstract
Bobe, G., Perera, T., Frei, S., Frei, B. (2013) Imbalanced Food Group and Nutrient Intakes by Elementary School Children in an Affluent U.S. Community. Society for Nutrition Education and Behavior 2013 Conference Proceedings. Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior, 45(4S). Abstract
Bobe, G., Perera, T., Frei, S., Frei, B. (2013) Attitudes of Elementary School Teachers and Cafeteria Personnel on Improving Students’ Diets and Physical Activity Level. Society for Nutrition Education and Behavior 2013 Conference Proceedings. Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior, 45(4S). Abstract
Sembrando La Cena: Evaluation of a Pilot Spanish-Language Gardening Education Program (2014) Report
   
   
   

Brain Breaks: Classroom Fitness for Children

We are happy to announce that Brain Breaks 2: Classroom Fitness for Children is on sale now! Brain Breaks 2 features new exercises that can all be done in a classroom setting. Copies are available for $14.95, plus shipping and handling. Or you can purchase both DVDs (Brain Breaks 1 & 2) for $17.95, plus shipping and handling.
  
Brain Breaks 1 $5.00 + shipping/handling (order now! only a few left!)
Brain Breaks 2 $14.95 + shipping/handling
Brain Breaks 1 & 2 $17.95 + shipping/handling

To order, please send a check (made out to: LPI Healthy Youth Program) or cash to: 

LPI Healthy Youth Program
Oregon State University
307 Linus Pauling Science Center
Corvallis OR 97331

Please include your name and address and tell us how you plan to use the DVD(s).

 

Brain Breaks 1 CD inside cover       Brain Breaks CD Cover

 

 

 

      Brain Breaks 2 front cover

 

 

 

Background Information about Brain Breaks

Clinicians and public health officials recommend that children engage daily in 60 minutes of moderate to vigorous physical activity, such as brisk walking, running, cycling, or playing outdoors. However, opportunities for children to be physically active during school days have decreased in most schools across the United States. Additionally, time spent on sedentary activities like watching TV or playing computer and other video games is increasing. More than 95 percent of America's school-aged children are enrolled in school. Aside from the time spent at home, schools are the places where children spend most of their time. Most experts—supported by many research studies—agree that physical activity improves children's health. Yet, most children don't get enough physical activity during the course of their days. Due to shrinking budgets and pressures to improve academic test scores, formal physical education (PE) has been substantially reduced in most of Oregon’s Elementary Schools. We surveyed 384 elementary schools in Oregon to assess the average number of PE classes per week and the length of these PE classes.

Most of the elementary schools offer 2 PE classes of 30 minutes per week, in addition to morning and lunch-time recess. Combined recess times vary from 15 minutes to 60 minutes per day with the majority of recess times between 20 and 45 minutes. The evidence of several controlled trials showed that substituting PE with additional instructional classroom time did not improve academic performance. In contrast, many studies found that regular participation in physical activity is associated with improved academic performance. A study conducted among 243 students from kindergarten through grade four found that students' on-task behavior increased significantly on the days with physical activity breaks. Other studies also showed that regular physical activity breaks enhanced academic performance, academic focus, and classroom behavior.*

To provide children with more activity breaks during their school day, we recruited sports exercise and media students from Oregon State University to produce an exercise DVD called Brain Breaks: Classroom Fitness for Children. The short segments of physical activity breaks in the DVD are demonstrated by OSU sports exercise students, OSU student athletes, and local school children. They can all be done in a classroom setting. All the segments were filmed in the KVBR Studio, a student-run television station on the Oregon State University campus. They include include stretching and flexibility, strengthening and aerobic moves such as jumping in place.

*Active Education. Physical Education, Physical Activity and Academic Performance. Active Living Research. Building Evidence to Prevent Childhood Obesity and Support Active Communities. Research Brief Summer 2009. Retrieved from www.activelivingresearch.org.

 

 

Let's Cook! Cookbook

Kid-tested recipes for the whole family.

Let's Cook cookbooks are now available!

To order your copy, please send $9.95 (price includes shipping and handling) to:

LPI Healthy Youth Program
Oregon State University
307 Linus Pauling Science Center
Corvallis OR 97331

Please include your name and address. We will ship your cookbook within a week!

HYP program impact surveys

Recipes

Breakfast

   
5 Minute Muesli Easy Peasy Berry Syrup Vegan Veggie Pancakes
Better Berry Syrup French Toast Veggie Egg Scramble
Blueberry Muffins Fruity Buttermilk Pancakes Whole Grain Banana Bread
Brilliant Beet Pancakes Homemade Pancake Mix Wondrous Waffles
Carrot Pancakes Power Packed Pumpkin Bars Zucchini Muffins
Cranberry Orange Bread Pumpkin Muffins  

Main Eats

   
Autumn Enchilada Casserole Mighty Meaty Chili Sneaky Lasagna Rolls
Bold Black Bean Burgers Nutty Noodle Salad Spaghetti with Summer Squash
Build your own Taco  Pita Pizza Taco Salad
Chilly Day Veggie Chili  Pizza Smiles Terrific Turkey Meatloaf
Chopped Chicken Salad Pizzadillas Veggie Enchiladas
Crispy Baked Chicken Strips Potato Crusted Quiche Veggie Patties
Curry Hash Pumpkin Mac 'n' Cheese Veggie Tostadas
Enticing Enchiladas Quinoa Chili Whole Wheat Pizza
Fancy Fall Flavors Wrap Roasted Vegetable Lasagna Zesty Summer Rice Bowl
Garden Marinara and Pasta Rock 'n' Spring Rolls Zucchini Quesadillas
Greek Chicken Salad Pita Simple Stir Fry and Steamed Rice  
Lentil Dahl Simple Winter Squash Soup  

Sides and Salads

   
Broccoli Potato Mash  Fabulously Fast Flatbread Shredded Brussels Sprouts with Apples
Broccoli Salad Fancy Fruit Salad  Somewhere Over the Rainbow Salad
Brown Rice Citrus Salad Fantastic Fruity Soup Super Kale Salad
Caprese Salad Kale Caesar Triple Bean Pasta Salad
Carrot Jicama Salad Layered Pea Salad Very Vegan Quinoa Salad
Chard and Quinoa Salad Quinoa Herb Salad Vitamin C Tropical Fruit Salad
Cool as a Cucumber Chickpea Salad Quinoa Tabbouleh Whole Grain Cornbread
Cucumber Watermelon Salad Rainbow Roasted Potatoes Whole Wheat Bread
Delicata Squash Apple Bake Sauteed Root Vegetables  Whole Wheat Naan Bread

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sauces and Salsas

Breezy Blender Salsa
Flavorful Salsa Fresca
Healthier Homemade Ranch 
Homemade Honey Mustard 
Homemade Ketchup 
Nova's Salsa Verde 
Presto Pesto

Snacks

   
Apple Pie Popcorn Heavenly Hummus Power Spheres
Apple Salsa and Cinnamon Chips Holy Guacamole Pumpkin Fruit Dip
Asparagus Dippers Kale Chips Roasted Beet Hummus
Cauliflower Popcorn Mean Green Cheese Wheels Roasted Chickpeas
Fresh Farmer Cheese Mixed-up Trail Mix Spiced Fruit and Nut Mix
Fruit Skewers with Yogurt Sauce Oatmeal Raisin Power Bars White Bean Hummus
Green Goddess Hummus P is for Pretzel  
Groovy Granola Bars Peanut Butter Fruit Dip  

Desserts

   
Berry Coconut Popsicles Crunchy Cookies Pumpkin Chip Cookies
Black Bean Brownies Crunchy Pumpkin Pie Strawberry Rhubarb Crisp
Chocolate Banana Iced Cream Gingerbread People Whole Grain Gingerbread
Chocolate Beet Cake Lemony Sorbet Winter Fruit Crisp
Choose Your Own Adventure Cookies Orange Cream Popsicles  

Drinks and Smoothies

Chunky Monkey Smoothies 
Fizzy Fruity Soda 
Honey Lemonade 
It's Easy Being Green Smoothie 
Pumpkin Pie Smoothie 
Sneaky Blueberry Smoothie 
Tropical Twist Smoothie 
 


Scholarships

Scholarship Application (English) 

Chasquido aquí para imprimir una aplicación de beca (Español)

Scholarship Policy

At the Healthy Youth Program, we strive to make our programs financially feasible to all youth by offering full and partial scholarships. Each fiscal year (i.e. July 1, 2015 - June 30, 2016), participants are eligible to receive one full scholarship that can be applied to any session of any program. Subsequently, participants are eligible to receive partial scholarships (50% of the program cost) for all programs for the remainder of the fiscal year.

Please note: this is NOT a registration form. Program registration must be completed before completing a scholarship application.

Nota: Este NO es un formulario de inscripción. La inscripción del programa debe ser completada antes de llenar la solicitud de beca.


Lessons & Manuals

Pre-School Programs

Healthy Sprouts

Healthy Sprouts

  • Coming soon!

 

Garden Story Time

Garden Story Time

 

Youth Programs

Fresh Grown Cooking

Fresh Grown Cooking for Kids

Master Chefs

Master Chefs

Garden Club

Garden Club

  • Coming soon!

Family Programs

Grocery Store Tours Garden Story Time Healthy Sprouts
 

Grocery Store Tours

Garden Story Time

Healthy Sprouts

  • Coming soon!

K-12 Classroom Resources

Grades K-5

Grades K-5

Grades 6 - 12

Grades 6-12

  • Coming soon!

Master Chefs Lessons

Lesson Title

Grade

Lesson Time

Prep Time

Summary

Keeping the Kitchen Safe

6-8

15 minutes

1 hour

Youth will be introduced to their kitchen space and learn about kitchen safety with an emphasis on safe knife usage.

Everything in its Place

6-8

20-25 minutes

30 minutes

Youth will be introduced to some basic culinary terms, basic meal timing principles and chopping techniques.

Ingredient Substitutions

6-8

25 minutes

30 minutes

Youth will explore how to substitute ingredients in recipes. They will learn how to replace unhealthy ingredients with healthier options and how to adjust a recipe when they are missing an ingredient.

Using Ingredients in a Variety of Ways

6-8

20 minutes

30 minutes

Youth will explore different ways to prepare fruits and vegetables and other common ingredients to change the texture and flavor for a variety of different dishes.

Top Cooking Techniques every Chef should Know

6-8

60 minutes

30 minutes

Youth will review chopping techniques and be introduced to basic culinary terms and cooking techniques.

Additional Nutrition Information

6-8

Varies

varies

Many of these topics are woven throughout each session of Master Chefs. The information included in this document is meant as a resource guide for instructors. In addition, wherever possible, links have been provided to relevant Healthy Youth Program handouts.

 

Summer Day Camps

Chefs in the Garden

Chefs in the Garden

Master Chefs

Master Chefs Camp

jr master chefs

Junior Master Chefs Camp

  • Coming soon!

Photos

Cauliflower Popcorn Nutritional Information

cauliflower popcorn nutritional info for children 4-8 years

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