Schools + Parents
LiveWell Kids

Launched by Beach Cities Health District (BCHD) in 2007, LiveWell Kids is a comprehensive school well-being program developed specifically for elementary school students in kindergarten through fifth grade. The program was originally created in response to a high rate of obesity – 20 percent in 2007 among Redondo Beach elementary school students. Since the program’s inception, there has been a 60.5% decline in RBUSD student obesity. 

After a brief pause in data collection due to COVID-19, BCHD resumed its annual Body Mass Index (BMI) assessments throughout Redondo Beach Unified School District (RBUSD) elementary schools. The 2021-22 childhood obesity rate for participating RBUSD elementary students was 7.9%. While this is a slight increase from 2019 (6.4%), obesity rates among RBUSD Kindergarten, 1st, 3rd and 5th grade students have been declining since 2007, and are far below the county, state and national obesity rates.

The LiveWell Kids curriculum includes both garden and nutrition education. The program is comprised of six interactive lessons focused on educating students about the process and benefits of growing their own food, improving nutritional knowledge and making healthy eating choices. All lessons are delivered in the fresh air of the school gardens by trained volunteers. Funded by BCHD, the gardens are maintained by a dedicated group of Garden Angel volunteers.

2022-2023 Curriculum

Lesson 1: The Importance of Water for People and Plants
Benefits of Drinking Water
Recipes to Make Water More Fun
Eat Your Water
Water Tracker
Nutrition Facts: Sugar (Sports Drink & Cola)
Benefits of Eating from the Rainbow

Lesson 2: Planting Cool-Season Crops – From Garden to Pizza
Nutrition Facts: Ingredients (Fresh Corn & Creamy Corn)
Irrigation Instructions
Seed Packet Kale
Seed Packet Peas
Seed Packet Carrots
Seed Packet Beets

Lessons 3 & 4: Coming the week of 01/09/2023.

Lesson 5 & 6: Coming the week of 03/06/2023.

Try some of these healthy and delicious LiveWell Kids Recipes!

Volunteer Resources:

Garden Resources:

Nutrition Resources:

Childhood Obesity Decline in Redondo Beach 

The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health in partnership with Beach Cities Health District. Recent Trends in Childhood Obesity Prevalence in the Redondo Beach Unified School District: A Case Study; June 2020. 

Palacios, C., Simon, P., Steward, A., Garner, T., Hameed, H., & Shetgiri, R. (2022). Impact of an Elementary School-Based Wellness Initiative on Child Obesity Prevalence: LiveWell Kids. Health Promotion Practice. https://doi.org/10.1177/15248399211065717
 

 

LiveWell Kids Program Reports

For more information, please contact:

Mishell Balzer
School Health Programs Coordinator, Garden
Mishell.Balzer@bchd.org
310-374-3426 ext. 8264

Tami Kachel, MPH
School Health Programs Coordinator, Nutrition
Tami.Kachel@bchd.org
310-374-3426 ext. 8354

Garden Angel volunteers maintain the school gardens. Interested in becoming a Garden Angel volunteer for the LiveWell Kids Program? Apply today!