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Title:Harvest of the Month
Pub. date: 2005, updated in 2011
Edition: 2nd
Includes: Tool Kit
Audience: Parents, Children, Pre-K - 12th Grade
Language: English, Spanish
Description:Harvest of the Month is a toolkit that provides the tools and resources to give students hands-on opportunities to explore, taste and learn about the importance of eating fruits and vegetables. The overall goal of the toolkit is to provide knowledge-and skill-based strategies that are:
  • Standardized
  • Replicable
  • Cost-effective, and
  • Convenient

These strategies are designed to motivate and empower students to increase consumption and enjoyment of a variety of colorful fruits and vegetables and engage in physical activity every day."

Funding Source: USDA. Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program.
Details
Developer: Network For a Healthy California
Organization: California Department of Public Health
Phone: 1-888-328-3483
Mail: neopbcustomercare@cdph.ca.gov
Length: 12-month program (multiple elements each month)
Assessment instrument Used? No
Use Restrictions: May copy.
Reviewers Comments: The Harvest of the Month program is a series of 12 monthly lessons with the goal of exposing participants to new fruits and vegetable and encouraging them to increase their consumption of a variety of fruits and vegetables. Physical activity is also incorporated into each monthly lesson.

Harvest of the Month was developed using the Social Ecological model as a framework. The program as a whole was designed to be implemented in a variety of areas: classroom, cafeteria, home, and community.

The four key components of each month’s lesson are:

  • Educator Newsletters – A series of twelve newsletters include activities designed to expose students to a new fruit/vegetable. Some information in each letter is specific to California. Users from other states could excluded this or substitute it with information from their state.

  • Family Newsletters – These twelve one-page newsletters are designed to involve families in the program. General nutrition and health information, tips for providing more fruits and vegetables, recipes, physical activity ideas, and selection and storage tips are included.

  • Menu Slicks – Two-sided hand out with an area for school cafeterias to insert their monthly menus. Each slick includes activities and information on the nutrition and health benefits of the month’s fruit/vegetable.

  • Press Releases – Two-page press releases can help to encourage community participation. Press releases include nutrition information on the fruit/vegetable of the month, sections for districts to insert their own information, and statistics on how the produce supports California (users from other states could exclude this information).

Twelve posters are also available to be ordered to provide a visual display of the monthly produce that is featured.

The Harvest of the MonthTraining Corner page includes many materials that can be downloaded and used to successfully train site coordinators, teachers, child nutrition, staff and more.

Implementing Harvest of the Month in would involve cooperation between many stakeholders. If this program can’t be implemented fully, the elements and activities could be used separately to accompany other nutrition lessons or as stand-alone education tools. The Web Links section of the Harvest of the Month Web site has links to many resources that could complement the program.

Availability
View/download files: 
Harvest of the Month site: http://www.harvestofthemonth.cdph.ca.gov/index.asp
Monthly Elements page: http://www.harvestofthemonth.cdph.ca.gov/download.asp
Contact the Distributor:
    Distributor: Network for a Healthy California
    Mail: 1616 Capitol Ave
Sacramento, CA 95814
    Phone: 916-449-9140
    E-mail: katharina.streng@cdph.ca.gov
    Cost: 0.00 per Toolkit
    Avail. in Qty: Yes
    Bulkrate:Available for free download

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