Nutrition & Fitness


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Good nutrition and physical activity are two key ingredients in developing a healthy lifestyle for adults and children alike. Your body needs a variety of nutrients that can only be found in a varied diet rich in fruits, vegetables, grains, legumes, nuts and low-fat protein sources. When you are well nourished, it’s easier for you to learn and stay focused. Additionally, your body will feel better if you are physically active and find ways to move and exercise daily.

Guidelines to a healthy lifestyle include:

  • Eat more fruits, vegetables and whole grains.
  • Choose low-fat sources of protein (including beans and legumes).
  • Control portion sizes.
  • Drink water instead of sugary beverages.
  • Compare sodium in foods and select those which are the lowest.
  • Be active for at least 60 minutes, 5 days a week for ages 6 to18 years.
  • Say, “No” to tobacco and drugs.

Healthy Active Long Beach

LBUSD Wellness Policy
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LBUSD Health Education Office
LBUSD Curriculum Site for Health Education


School Environment

“We Can Work Together to Create and Promote Healthy School Fundraisers,”
2-page resource by the School Nutrition Association.
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Promoting a Healthy School Environmentresources prepared by the Connecticut State Department of Education:

“Healthy Classroom Party Ideas," by California Department of Public Health’s Network for a Healthy California


Nutrition & Fitness Online Resources:

California Project LEAN (Leaders Encouraging Activity and Nutrition) is a joint program of the California Department of Public Health and the Public Health Institute. California Project LEAN works to advance nutrition and physical activity policy in schools and communities in order to prevent obesity and its associated chronic diseases:
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Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) is a consumer advocacy organization whose twin missions are to conduct innovative research and advocacy programs in health and nutrition, and to provide consumers with current, useful information about their health and well-being.
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Center for Weight and Health, University of California, Berkeley.
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Childhood Obesity, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.
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Cooking Beans and Other Legumes, Mayo Clinic.
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Cooking with Whole Grains, Whole Grains Council
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Eat Right - “It’s About Eating Right.” Sponsored by the American Dietetic Association, the world’s largest organization of food and nutrition professionals.
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Fruits & Veggies More Matters - Sponsored by the Produce for Better Health Foundation.:
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Fruit, Vegetable, and Physical Activity Campaigns, California Department of Public Health:
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Healthy Active Long Beach - “Champions for Change.” Sponsored by Health & Human Services, City of Long Beach; Network for a Healthy California.
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Healthy Dining Finder, dietitian-approved dining options.
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Let’s Move - Join First Lady Michelle Obama in a nationwide campaign to tackle the challenge of childhood obesity.
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Lifecycle Nutrition - Food and Nutrition Information Center, USDA National Agricultural Library. Topics available include: infant nutrition, child nutrition and health, adolescence, pregnancy, breastfeeding, aging, fitness and sports nutrition and vegetarian nutrition.
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Meals Matter - “Healthy Meal Planning Made Simple.” Sponsored by the Dairy Council.
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My Life Check - “Live Better with Life’s Simple 7.” Sponsored by the American Heart Association and the American Stroke Association.
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MyPlate
MyPlate.gov - This resource offers personalized eating plans and interactive tools to help you plan/assess your food choices based on the 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans. Sponsored by the United States Department of Agriculture.
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Network for a Healthy California, California Department of Public Health.
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Nutrition.gov - “Smart Nutrition Starts Here.” Sponsored by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA).
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Child Nutrition Lessons - Sponsored by the National Dairy Council.
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Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity, resources, news and pod casts from the Rudd Center at Yale University.
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Team Nutrition, US Department of Agriculture.
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Your Health, Resources provided by Physician’s Committee for Responsible Medicine related to preventive medicine and nutrition.
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Nutrition Links and Activities for Kids:

Amazing Food Detective, Kaiser Permanente
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BAM!, Healthy and Fitness Activities for Kids, The Center for Disease Control (CDC):
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Chef Solus, from Nourish Interactive, games for kids, (English and Spanish)
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Kidnetic.com, Games and activities for Kids!, International Food Information Council Foundation:
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Kids Health:
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Sunkist Kids: Cool facts, experiments, good eats and games sponsored by Sunkist.
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Parent Resources:

Kidnetic.com for Parents, International Food Information Council Foundation.
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Kids Health:
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Nourish Interactive, for parents (English and Spanish)
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Type 2 Diabetes, information sheet from the California Department of Education
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We Can Eat Right! “Ways to Enhance Children’s Activity & Nutrition,” by the National Heart Lung and Blood Institute.
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Sunkist for Parents and Teachers, parent and teacher resources from Sunkist
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Teacher Resources:

Kids Health:
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Nutrition Fun for Kids, with free downloads
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Nourish Interactives, free printables (English and Spanish).
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Produce for Better Health Foundation, Fruit and vegetable teaching resources.
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Sunkist for Parents and Teachers, parent and teacher resources from Sunkist
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Department Phone
Phone: (562) 427-7923