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Sacramento School Wellness Summit

The Health Education Council invites you to participate in the 2nd Annual Sacramento School Wellness Virtual Summit!

The Sacramento School Wellness Summit will engage school & district staff and stakeholders to advance a culture of health and wellbeing in K-12 schools through sharing best-practices to support wellness for the whole student. The summit will be held over September 28 - October 1st from 3:30pm-4:30pm.

This year's theme is “Bridging the Gap to Student Health.” Please see below for a glimpse of some of our great sessions:

  • Tuesday 9/28: Keynote Address 
    • Opening Remarks: Chinua Rhodes, Board of Education Trustee for the Sacramento City Unified School District
    • Keynote Address: Dr. D’Artagnan Scorza, Executive Director, Racial Equity at Los Angeles County CEO
  • Wednesday 9/29: Whole Student Health Panel (Nutrition, Physical Education, Mental Health/Counseling, and Family Engagement) 
    • This panel will be presented by Lisa Vorce, TRUSD Nutrition Services, Daniel Cisneros, SCUSD Mental Health Coordinator, Heriberto Soto, TRUSD Family and Community Engagement, and Laurie Morrison, Robla School District Physical Education. This panel session will highlight best practices pertaining to whole student health in relation to different sectors of school departments. Specialists from various school districts and departments will share some of their amazing work accomplished during the COVID-19 pandemic. Join us as we ask questions and hear their unique perspectives. 
  • Thursday 9/30: Concurrent Sessions A/B 
    • Session A: Best Practices for Connecting Wellness Polices and Programs to Education Frameworks and your Community by Dairy Council of California and Orange County Department of Education (Session A will be 1.5 hours from 3:30pm-5:00pm.) 
      • This session presented by Dairy Council of California and Orange County Office of Education will highlight the new CA Health Education Framework and resources to assist educational and community leaders with supporting comprehensive health-based programming. Join us to learn stories from the field as we showcase best practices from local school districts across Northern California that present diverse models of integration. We will highlight health content areas while elevating nutrition through district level and school site coordination. 
    • Session B:Tackling Tobacco & Vaping in our School by LUCHA Tabaco and TRUSD 
      • This session presented by LUCHA Tabaco and TRUSD will review different vaping products and why students are attracted to them and discuss strategies towards preventing youth from starting and helping youth quit. In addition, Twin Rivers will be providing an overview of prevention, intervention and cessation programs and resources offered to students and families in their district.
  • Friday 10/1: Professional Development: Educator Wellness and Social and Emotional Learning by Breathe For Change 
    • Breathe For Change’s research-backed curriculum combines mind-body wellness, community building, and social-emotional learning practices to empower educators to transform education from the inside out. 

Incentives will be available for attendees. Attendees who attend 3 or more sessions and complete the post-session survey will be entered into a raffle for a $100 Target gift card. Attendees who attend 2 or more sessions and complete the post-session survey will be entered into a raffle for two $25 Target gift cards. Attendees who attend one session and complete the post-session survey will be entered into a raffle for five $10 Target gift cards.

The Summit will be held virtually over Zoom. Links will be provided through email. 

Registration is FREE! Register Today!

Schools - Healthy Living

Health Education Council’s Healthy Schools Team has compiled and created resources to help students, parents, and families continue practicing healthy eating and active living habits during the COVID-19 pandemic and shelter-in-place orders. See below to access our family newsletters, video resources, and more!

Family Newsletters

HEC has created these newsletters to provide families with tips to stay healthy while staying at home. Click the link to find information and resources regarding mental and physical health.

Newsletters will be updated regularly on our website!

Harvest of the Month Recipe Videos

Click the links below to watch our Harvest of the Month Recipe videos and learn how to make simple and healthy recipes at home!

Healthy School Policies

HEC's Healthy Schools Team works closely with Sacramento City Unified School District, Twin Rivers Unified School District, and Robla School District to strengthen their wellness policies, ensuring health and wellness is a priority at all school sites throughout the districts.

HEC provides trainings and technical assistance for schools to assist with implementing their district’s wellness policy and adopting additional policies and practices that support healthy eating and active living.

Our team specializes in

  • Smarter Lunchrooms,
  • Breakfast After the Bell,
  • Active Recess,
  • Rethink Your Drink and strategies for incorporating physical activity throughout the school day.

HEC also works with high school youth to select and implement research projects that will create healthy change in their school and/or community.