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Kids Eat Right

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Building a generation of healthy kids

Kids Eat Right (KER) is an initiative from the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics that supports efforts to end the childhood obesity epidemic within a generation.

Community Hospital launched Kids Eat Right in 2012 to address the growing obesity epidemic in Monterey County. Kids Eat Right is a free program that provides kid-friendly, science-based education to children and families.

Knowing that the whole family needs to be exposed to nutritional facts and the importance of exercise, Kids Eat Right also offers “Health in Action” family workshops, focusing on making healthy choices.

Our goal is to reach as many fourth and fifth-graders in Monterey County as possible and to support families with leading healthy lives to build a generation of healthy, active kids. To date, we are in nearly 70% of elementary schools county-wide.

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For students

5-week series

Cook healthy | Be active and exercise | Shop smart | And eat right

Fourth and fifth graders participate in weekly, kid-friendly lessons focused on healthy eating and physical activity. The program includes; a unique curriculum for each grade level, five, one-hour sessions, “hands on” healthy recipe preparation, and fun physical activities. Each student also receives a completion certificate at the end of each 5-week series and a folder with resources to share with their family.

Nutrition and Fitness 101 Workshop

Students prepare and enjoy a healthy recipe and learn about physical activity and nutrition basics focused on MyPlate. This one-hour introductory workshop provides an interactive education experience for students not in fourth or fifth grade.

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For families

Health in Action

Learn it. Do it. Live it.

Families prepare and enjoy a healthy meal together during this free one-hour “hands-on” workshop that focuses on nutrition basics and family fitness. Workshops are available in English and Spanish.

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For everyone

5-week series

Printable Resources

Explore the Outdoors

Local and Seasonal Shopping

What teachers say

  • The kids now want to grow their own garden so they can pick their own healthy snacks. Many parents have commented that when they’re grocery shopping, the kids are looking at the nutrition labels and pointing out that it’s not a healthy choice.
    Teacher, Jack Francscioni Elementary School
  • The activities were very interactive. They got to practice some of the things they learned about. I also enjoyed that they were taught good eating options and that we also did activities outdoors.
    Teacher, San Vicente Elementary School
  • I loved how simple, yet engaging the instructor was. Students clearly learned valuable life skills and recognized themselves, how thankful they were. I was surprised to see how well they retained the information.
    Teacher, Kammann Elementary School
  • My students love it. It’s hands-on and they learned new material about health. They’ve told me they’ve tried the recipes at home! Hope to have you back next school year.
    Teacher, Rose Ferrero Elementary School
  • I really liked that the kids were encouraged to try new foods. They also learned a lot about nutrition and exercise. So did I!
    Teacher, Forest Grove Elementary School

What families say

  • Staff was friendly and engaged and recipe was delicious.
    Parent, Health in Action workshop
  • It was kid friendly. Even my 3 year old participated.
    Parent, Health in Action workshop
  • I enjoyed having the families get together to prepare a meal. Meal was easy and healthy.
    Parent, Health in Action workshop
  • Great activity for our family to do together that was about health and fun.
    Parent, Health in Action workshop
  • I liked the participation involved in the seminar. I liked getting up and moving with the class.
    Parent, Health in Action workshop

Support for KER

Monterey Peninsula Foundation provided a significant grant to this program, enabling Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula to offer Kids Eat Right to fourth-grade classes throughout Monterey County. Additional funding has come from Montage Health employees through their annual giving campaign, We Care • We Share; the Nancy Buck Ransom Foundation; and Wells Fargo Bank.

Bring Kids Eat Right to your school/site

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For more information, call (831) 649-7218 or email

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