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Published on May 15, 2015

Community Hospital’s Kids Eat Right nutrition program partnership honored by CSUMB

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MONTEREY, Calif. — Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula and Dr. Joanna Morrissey of California State University Monterey Bay have been honored with the university’s Marian Penn Partnership Award, recognizing their collaboration to bring a fun and educational nutrition program to 4th graders throughout Monterey County.

Barbara Quinn and Uriel Mendoza of Community Hospital received the award at an event Wednesday spotlighting service learning projects by university students and faculty. Quinn and Lisa Holden, clinical dietitians at Community Hospital, co-created the curriculum for the nutrition program, Kids Eat Right, and Mendoza is its coordinator.

The award, named for the founding director of CSUMB’s Service Learning Institute, honored the “exceptional partnership” between Morrissey, of the Kinesiology Department, and Community Hospital “to address the issue of childhood obesity by exposing elementary age children to fun physical activities and health dietary changes.”

In five weekly sessions, students are taught simple, healthy lessons such as importance of fruits, vegetables, and whole grains, the basics of reading a dietary label, and the value of keeping active. Each session includes a physical activity and hands-on food preparation of dishes including broccoli salad and yogurt parfaits. The sessions are led by a dietitian, Mendoza, and CSUMB kinesiology students, who are putting their classroom lessons into real-life practice.

Kids Eat Right was piloted at several campuses of the Monterey Peninsula Unified School District starting in 2012. It has since expanded to 18 schools, with a goal of reaching nearly every 4th grade class in the county. It is funded by Community Hospital and through a significant grant from the Monterey Peninsula Foundation. Additional support comes from Community Hospital’s employees, the Dr. Frank Pye Smith Medical Facilities Fund of the Community Foundation for Monterey County, and the Nancy Buck Ransom Foundation.

“We are so pleased to be recognized for our commitment to students and education and our contribution to building service learning partnerships with CSUMB,” says Janice Harrell, director of Nutrition Services at Community Hospital.

Mendoza encouraged anyone who is interested in volunteering for Kids Eat Right to contact him at (831) 649-7229.

Read more about the award in CSUMB’s Spotlight on Service.

Uriel Mendoza and Barbara QuinnUriel Mendoza and Barbara Quinn with CSUMB’s
Marian Penn Partnership Award.

Healthy snack KER

A healthy snack is shared during a Kids Eat Right
session at International School of Monterey.

KER exercise

Physical activity is part of the Kids Eat Right
program, led by coordinator Uriel Mendoza, right.

ABOUT COMMUNITY HOSPITAL

Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula, established in 1934, has grown and evolved in direct response to the changing healthcare needs of the people it serves. It is a nonprofit healthcare provider with 220 staffed acute-care hospital beds and 28 skilled-nursing beds, delivering a continuum of care from birth to end of life, and every stage in between. It serves the Monterey Peninsula and surrounding communities through locations including the main hospital, outpatient facilities, satellite laboratories, a mental health clinic, a short-term skilled nursing facility, Hospice of the Central Coast, Montage Wellness Center, and business offices. Find more information about Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula at http://www.chomp.org/

 

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