Steps for Healthy Living is about to start. This popular spring program gives 4-5th grade students a chance to record their fruit and vegetable consumption and to track their physical activity using a pedometer.

What is a NAC? They are Student Nutrition Advisory Councils and we have 91 funded programs in LAUSD. Every spring we have a NAC celebration to show off their work and give them leadership ideas for the next year.

SPARK Dance and Celebration This video shows
a teacher training for the SPARK program, complete
with implementation at Glen Feliz Elementary School.

Join us as we "Shake It Up!" on our way to good health with this award-winning collection of 17 fruit and vegetable songs. The CD is now available to the public.

Bite into a big, juicy peach. Make a salad fresh from the garden. Run, jump, dance, play. Share your bounty with classmates and family. Try new things and encourage others to do the same.

Is this school? Absolutely. We believe that long-lasting change occurs when people delight in what they're doing. So, the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) Nutrition Network is working with students, teachers, school nurses, administrators, food service professionals, parents, corporate partners and community members to help low-income pre-K through 12th grade children discover the sheer pleasure of making healthy choices. Our goal is for children to eat the recommended amount of fruits and vegetables, and enjoy 60 minutes of physical activity, each day.

How do we do this? Our many programs expose children to the benefits of good nutrition and physical activity.

We use fruits and vegetables to enhance curriculum in all areas - reading, mathematics, science, history and the arts. Discovery is encouraged through taste tests, interactive lessons, classroom cooking, farmer visits, theatrical presentations, music, nutrition education gardening, and one-time physical activity demonstrations. We empower students to work with their peers to improve nutrition on their campuses and positively influence their families. Through all of this, we give new meaning to the term "being healthy" (visit for more). It's just plain fun!

Won't you join us?

The Network seeks to increase California's consumption of fruits and vegetables to the recommended amount and increase daily physical activity to at least 30 minutes for adults and 60 minutes for children.

Funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture Food Stamp Program, an equal opportunity provider and employer, through the California Nutrition Network. The Food Stamp Program provides nutrition assistance to people with low income. It can help you buy nutritious food for a better diet.

The use of trade, firm, or corporation names in this website is for the information and convenience of the reader. Such use does not constitute an official endorsement or approval by the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD), the LAUSD Nutrition Network, California Nutrition Network, the United States Department of Agriculture or the Agricultural Research Service of any product or service to the exclusion of others that may be suitable.

Website updated 3/13. Copyright, 2012