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Although everyone has heard the old saying “Breakfast is the most important meal of the day”, sadly too many children continue to miss out on a morning meal. Unfortunately, skipping breakfast has a negative impact on student achievement, behavior and overall health.

To help turn the tide, we partner with Oakland Unified School District, Nutrition Services to promote not just the importance of eating a healthy breakfast, but the fact that all Oakland students can eat breakfast for free in their school cafeterias! 

This year, in honor of National School Breakfast Week, March 4 – 8, 2013, we held our Third Annual Breakfast Art Contest. 

The first year we held this contest, dozens of students relished the opportunity to bring out their inner artist.  Last year, too, we received a couple hundred entries. Nothing, however, prepared us for the enthusiasm shown by Oakland students this year! 

We received over 750 drawings showcasing students’ favorite healthy breakfasts!

Entries were judged by grade and region, and let it be known that selecting the top entries was no easy feat; we’ve got some very talented artists! Congratulations to all who participated and especially to the top entrants who took home prizes including bicycles, ipod shuffles and art kits.

Check out some of the students' winning art work below!

Cleveland 4th Grader Tiffany Lui

Global Family 5th Grader Marta Calmo

Roosevelt 7th Grader Anh Tang

Bret Harte 8th Grader Ying Si Dai


Coomunity Health Champions
Community Health Champions

Community Health Champions is a peer-led healthy living education program offered by Nutrition Services.  Traditionally, Alameda County Public Health has attempted to address health inequities by performing extensive outreach to at risk communities, but in doing so has often failed to reach the most vulnerable individuals.  Pilot studies have shown that these communities can be best reached through a peer education model in which residents of the targeted communities are trained and in turn provide education to their neighbors. As such, we have employed a peer education model since 2010 with wonderful success.

Our peer educators, called Community Health Champions, have engaged thousands of our most vulnerable residents in conversations on how to live healthy lives and improve health in their communities.  As a result of these interactions residents have made important lifestyle changes such as increased fruit and vegetable consumption and physical activity. For more information on this program, please contact Cheryl Lott at or Cindia Sanchez at

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