Shasta County Cooperative Extension
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Shasta County Cooperative Extension

CalFresh Healthy Living, UCCE Shasta Cluster


UC CalFresh Nutrition Education Program is now referred to as CalFresh Healthy Living, University of California. This new name reflects our expanded work in California communities that encompasses nutrition education aligned with policy, systems and environmental change initiatives.

CalFresh Healthy Living, University of California helps people lead healthier lives.

As one of four State Implementing Agencies for CalFresh Healthy Living, the University of California teaches people eligible for SNAP about good nutrition, how to make their food dollars stretch further, and how to be physically active at any age.  Effective, evidenced-based nutrition education and physical activity classes are aligned with policy, systems and environmental change strategies to create long lasting community change.

The California SNAP-Ed Mission:

To inspire and empower under-served Californians to improved their health and the health of their communities by promoting awareness, education and community change through diverse partnerships, resulting in healthy eating and active living.

The CalFresh Healthy Living, UCCE -Shasta Cluster program consists of adult, family-centered and youth components. Our staff delivers research evidence based lessons to youth and adults that are centered around improving diet and nutrition related skills. 

Our program collaborates with  partners to address local nutrition and health problems. Some of the key partners include SNAP-Ed Shasta, Growing Local Coalition, Healthy Shasta Movement, Shasta County Grower's Association, and the cities of Redding and Anderson, among many others.

Our program efforts provide essential knowledge and skills that will increase the consumption of healthy foods and beverages, increase food resource management and food security, and promote and support access to physical activity which will lead to healthy lifestyles. Some of our events and activities include:

  • Local Farmer's Market
  • Educational booths and participation in school events including: Parent Club Meetings, Fall Festivals, Health Fairs, Open Houses
  • Educational booths and participation in community events including: STEM Conferences, Farm City Day, Multicultural Health Fairs, Dr. Seuss Day


Our Program is part of the "Shasta Cluster" consisting of Shasta, Tehama and Trinity Counties.

Shasta Cluster

CalFresh Healthy Living, UCCE- Shasta Cluster Profile

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What does CalFresh Healthy Living, UCCE do?

Educate - Increase nutrition and physical activity knowledge, skills, and practice

-Effective, evidence-based nutrition education for youth, adults, seniors and families 
-Offering a comprehensive, preventative approach to health 
-Classes offered primarily in Spanish and English, with Chinese and Hmong classes offered in select locations

Partner – Encourage state and local partnerships in support of shared goals

-Strategically aligned partnerships help strengthen the food system for low-resource communities
-We partner with government and non-governmental agencies, local stakeholders, and community leaders to create further impact and generate sustainable results

 Build Capacity - Advance local priorities through training and technical assistance

-Curricula training for “extenders” (teachers, after school staff, community members)
-Leadership development for youth
-Fostering a network of local health advocates

 Transform – Act as a catalyst for a healthy lifestyle change

-Working with communities to seek healthy lifestyle solutions that are sustainable, transformative, inclusive and grassroots driven

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Bites from the Field

From the CalFresh Healthy Living, UC 

Active News Beet August 25, 2020 Edition:

CFHL, UCCE Shasta County Offers Services in Summer Camps

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CalFresh Healthy Living, UCCE Shasta County continued to support the Redding Parks & Recreation Summer Camps this summer serving in total approximately 130 students. This is an annual summer camp program which CFHL, UCCE has been implementing for over 5 years. Typical delivery involves a mix of Physical Activity and Nutrition Lessons, as well as Garden Education with the FARM Camp. While following specific ANR and CDC safety guidelines and procedures, staff this year delivered successful CATCH PA lessons with students from four different summer camps. Students enrolled through Shasta Union High School District Farm received garden specific education. It was successful in both collaboration and programming despite COVID-19 restrictions. 
“Careful planning and procedures were considered to bring this programming to fruition and make it safe. The families in our community most often include working parents, so in these times where essential workers were needed and childcare is unavailable, we were very happy we could come together and make summer camps still happen for the kids, as well as provide them with physical activity that was so desperately needed after months of a shelter-in-place order.”
-Shawnice Sellers, CFHL, UCCE Shasta County Community Education Supervisor II

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California's CalFresh Healthy Living, with funding from the United States Department of Agriculture’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program – USDA SNAP, produced this material. These institutions are equal opportunity providers and employers. For important nutrition information, visit the CalFresh Healthy Living website

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