Description: Food Smarts is a flexible, learner-centered cooking and nutrition curriculum with materials and lesson plans appropriate for K-12 youth and adults (including older adults). Participants of this training program will:
- Learn how to implement the Food Smarts nutrition and cooking program
- Explore the relationship between positive and adverse experiences and nourishment
- Develop trauma-informed engagement and facilitation strategies
- Learn how to facilitate virtual and in-person recipe demonstrations and group cooking activities that do not require a full kitchen.
Audience: For agency staff, volunteers, and community leaders. [If an agency has multiple participants, each participant must register separately so that their registration email address can then be added to our online training system.]
Training Delivery and Dates: This program includes self-paced content (videos, reflection activities, and readings) and live, instructor-led virtual sessions. Registered participants will gain access to our online training system (TalentLMS) beginning late-April and will need to complete about a half-hour of self-paced work prior to the first live session on 8/3. Participants will have access to digital curriculum files and will be mailed a Food Smarts curriculum bundle (includes an Adult workbook and instructor guide and a Kids workbook and instructor guide). Key dates are as follows:
- Self-Paced Course Opens: late-July
- Registration Closes: 8/2
- Live Zoom Sessions: 8/3 and 8/17; Times: 10am-12pm PST
NOTE: Although registration will remain open until 8/2, participants who register after 7/22 may not receive the hardcopy curriculum bundle until after the first session, in which case participants will have to rely on the digital curriculum for reference.
Total Training Time: Approximately eight hours total (four hours of live sessions and about four hours of self-paced work)
Next Steps: Upon completion of this program, participants are certified to deliver the Food Smarts Adult and Kids curriculum.
Note for CalFresh Participants: To obtain your discount, CalFresh Healthy Living funded agencies must first register as a partner. Then, click on the CalFresh Healthy Living logo under Partner Resources to reveal the promo code. CFHL will receive a sample curriculum bundle, please enter your shipping address when purchasing.