Sierra Cascade Nutrition & Activity Consortium

We partner with the Sierra Cascade Nutrition and Activity Consortium (SCNAC) which is administered through the Network for a Healthy California with federal funding from the United States Department of Agriculture. We work toward improving the health status of low income Californians through increased fruit and vegetable consumption and daily physical activity. Five of our faculty incorporate service learning projects focusing on nutrition and fitness into their classes resulting in hundreds of HCSV students getting professional experience while meeting needs in our community. Below is a quick look at some of the programs we have created through our partnership.

Buena Salud

An afterschool nutrition and activity program for children of migrant laborers.

A migrant laborer with a fruit cutout.

A group of students with a cutout of grapes.

Leaders for a Lifetime

An afterschool youth development program that teaches leadership, confidence, and preparation for college through community service activities with a nutrition, fitness and health message.

Leaders present health, nutrition and fitness education at area events.

Leaders present health, nutrition and fitness education at area events.

Leaders perform and teach traditional Hmong dance as a fitness for life activity to area elders.

Leaders perform and teach traditional Hmong dance as a fitness for life activity to area elders.

A student putting a hat on a skeleton

A student with a cutout heart with fruits on it.

A little girl making a skeleton

A group of students crouching and balancing.

A group of students playing tug-of-war

Special Events

We bring our nutrition and fitness message to the general public through special events such as fairs, expos, food drives and parades.

North Valley Fire, Health and Safety Expo

Flexibility testing

Flexibility testing

Cutting down the amount of fat you eat

Cutting down the amount of fat you eat

Getting and staying strong

a student trying to see how far past her toes she can reach.

chico state student teaching a younger students about staying healthy.

a young student eating a bunch of fruits

a young student holding up a fake head of lettuce.

Harvest Heroes

CSUC Fun Without Alcohol

Chico Hmong New Year

Chico Pioneer Day Parade

Read Across American and Eat, Read, Play

Using popular children's books with nutrition and fitness messages as the central focus, our students create active, age-appropriate lessons for children in grades kindergarten through four. Each lesson has a literacy portion, nutrition content, a fitness activity and a new skill like measuring ingredients, reading a food label or testing flexibility.