Yavapai County Community Health

School Wellness

Fresh carrots just pulled from the garden
Aguiar Farm Yavapai rows of vegetables

Gardens and Nutrition Education

School gardens have been around for over 100 years, and school districts continue to use them today to establish healthy eating habits; as educational tools in the classroom; and to promote community inclusion. If your school would like assistance starting a garden at your school, teaching garden education, or assistance with your school, we are here to help.

Self-Awareness: Lessons about optimal nutrition teaches children the importance of taking ownership of their own health. Encourage students to think about how they feel physically and mentally depending on the foods they eat. Exploring the mind-body connection leads to students’ greater self-awareness and skills to make better choices to nourish their bodies and help them feel their best.

Social Awareness: Nutrition education serves as an opportunity to teach children about food and its relation to culture and family heritage. Discussing culinary variances across cultures helps expose children to different foods and traditional practices, increasing their understanding and appreciation for diversity.

Community Health Education also offers nutrition education at eligible schools through AZ Health Zone. We use the evidence-based curriculum Food Smarts.

For more information on the curriculum please visit Food Smarts

If you are interested in School Garden Assistance or Nutrition Education, please contact CHE@yavapaiaz.gov

Activity Programs at Schools

Regular physical activity can help children and adolescents improve cardiorespiratory fitness, build strong bones and muscles, reduce symptoms of anxiety and depression, and reduce the risk of developing chronic health conditions.

Community Health Education strives to make physical activity fun and something we continue to do throughout our lifetime. CHE can assist with Tai Chi classes, bike to school or walk to school programs, bike rodeos, mountain bike clubs, and much more.

CHE assists with the Dr. Daniel Bright School bike club, getting more kids on bikes throughout the Verde Valley. For more information or to become a coach for Verde Valley Wheel Fun – visit their website.

Group of kids smiling with mascots and police on their way to school

Yavapai County Community Health Services’ Active Living and School Wellness Programs are funded through AZ Health Zone provided by the USDA SNAP Education Grant.

About AZ Health Zone

The AZ Health Zone supports moms and communities across Arizona to make healthy changes in homes and neighborhoods. From local gardens in your community, to working with your kids’ schools to create healthy environments, the AZ Health Zone provides your family opportunities to be active and healthy your way.

For more information visit https://www.azhealthzone.org/

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