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Riverside County

Nutrition, Family and Consumer Sciences

NFCS Program at UC Cooperative Extension in Riverside County connects the people of Riverside County with research and resources from the University of California.

NFCS Program is working to address two UC ANR Strategic Vision 2025 Initiatives:

1) Healthy Families and Communities

  • Promoting healthy behaviors for childhood obesity prevention
  • Helping consumers make informed decision regarding food choices, nutrition and health
  • Improving consumers' food management skills

2) Ensure Safe and Secure Food Supplies

  • Educating community organizations and consumers on safe food handling practices

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November 2016

The 2016 U.S. Report Card on Physical Activity for Children and Youth has just been released.  The report gave a C- grade for organized sport participation and a D+ for school physical education.  Based on the 2015 Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System (YRBSS) data, only 62% of boys and 53% of girls in high school participate on at least 1 school or community sports team.  Only 55% boys and 48% girls in high school attend at least one physical education (PE) class in an average week.  In addition, more than half of U.S. youth (53% ages 6-11; 61% ages 12-15; 69% ages 16-19) engage in more than 2 hours of screen time per day, exceeding the limit for sedentary behaviors, a D- grade.  Thus, there is a great need to substantially increase physical activity for children and youth in a variety of settings.

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Just in Time for Earth Day Celebration


On the morning of April 22, the CSA garden families and the CSA Garden Coalition team gathered to celebrate the opening of the new garden at Community Settlement Association (CSA) in Riverside. Riverside City Councilman Andy Melendrez honored the...

Posted on Wednesday, April 27, 2016 at 8:08 AM

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Head Start children “Go, Glow and Grow” in Riverside
California is one of the states with the highest prevalence of obesity among preschool-aged children from low-income families. The Center for Disease Control examined the 2009 data from Pediatric Nutrition Surveillance System and found that more than 15 percent of low-income 2- to 4-year-old children in California are overweight or obese (defined as being at or above the 95th percentile on the growth chart). In Riverside County, 13.8 percent of children ages 2 to 4 living in a household under 185 percent federal poverty level are overweight (2007 California Health Interview Survey).

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