Harvest of the Month Program

After several years of local implementation, Harvest of the Month has been made available statewide with a tool kit and this website. The overall goal is to provide knowledge and skill-based strategies that are:

  • standardized
  • cost-effective
  • replicable
  • convenient

These strategies are designed to motivate and empower students to increase consumption and enjoyment of a variety of colorful fruits and vegetables and to engage in physical activity every day. Download the How to Grow Healthy Students (PDF, 7MB) guide to learn how to use the materials and resources and implement a successful Harvest of the Month program.

Studies show that healthy eating and daily physical activity have a profound impact on the body and mind by improving the ability to learn and comprehend, boosting energy, improving school attendance and changing attitudes, behavior and more. Harvest of the Month provides materials and resources to support healthy food choices. It uniquely supports core curricular areas through exploration and study in the classroom and brings together the classroom, cafeteria, home and community.

The objectives of Harvest of the Month are for students to increase:

  • Access to fruits and vegetables (examples: school meals, classrooms, gardens, farmers’ markets, and grocery stores)
  • Preference for selected produce items in the classroom (examples: taste testing, cooking in class. and school gardens)
  • Participation in daily physical activity; understanding why physical activity is important.
  • Knowledge and familiarity with the wide variety of California grown fruits and vegetables.

Harvest of the Month promotes tasting a wide variety of fruits and vegetables. It features lots of fun activities and four key monthly elements for education and health promotion which you can download for free:

  • Educator Newsletters
  • Family Newsletters
  • Menu Slicks
  • Press Release Templates

For more general information about Harvest of the Month, contact Network for a Healthy California_County of Riverside or download our Fact Sheet (PDF) or free resources on the Harvest of the Month website.

©2007 California Department of Public Health | Public Health Institute | Acknowledgements |
Visit or return to the Network for a Healthy California website at: www.networkforahealthycalifornia.net or Champions for Change www.cachampionsforchange.net.
You can PDF the page above with the links listed below.


Harvest of the Month website:
How to Grow Healthy Children:
Fact Sheet:

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