BCSD Partners to Promote Health and Wellness

February 23, 2017 – The Bakersfield City School District (BCSD) has been working with California Project LEAN (Leaders Encouraging Activity and Nutrition), a program of the Public Health Institute that works to advance nutrition and physical activity policy in schools and communities in order to prevent obesity and its associated chronic diseases.

BCSD has been an active member attending the California Project Lean meetings to share and gain information from other districts around California. At the most recent meeting, Debbie K. Wood, Coordinator of BCSD School Health and Neighborhood Support Programs, shared information about the opening of the three Health and Wellness Centers in the District. She emphasized that “students’ good health and academic achievement go hand in hand.”

BCSD also shared information on the work it does through its Nutrition Services Department. Director, Brenda Robinson, talked about BCSD’s successful transition to providing salad bars in all schools, how the District uses the California Project Lean calculator to determine Smart Snacks, and the District’s participation in California Thursdays in an effort to serve healthy, freshly prepared school meals made from California-grown food.

“Nutrition Services is partnering with BCSD Family and Community Engagement Department to provide the wellness program called Now We’re Cooking,  which gives an opportunity to families to come together to learn and create healthy, low-cost meals,” said Robinson.

California Project LEAN efforts center on youth, parent and resident empowerment approaches, Policy and Environmental change Strategies (PSE), and community-based solutions that improve nutrition and physical activity environments. For more information, go to www.CaliforniaP­­rojectLEAN.org.


BCSD Board President Lillian Tafoya addresses officials of different School Districts.


Debbie K. Wood, Coordinator of BCSD School Health and Neighborhood Support Programs.


Dr. Lynn Silver, Program Director of California Project LEAN; Lillian Tafoya, BCSD Board President; Pam Baugher, BCSD Board Member; and Debbie K. Wood, Coordinator of BCSD School Health and Neighborhood Support Programs.

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