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 (K-5). The program was originally created in response to a high rate of obesity at the time – 20 percent in 2007 – among Redondo Beach elementary school students. Today, due to the partnership between Beach Cities Health District and Redondo Beach Unified School District, the obesity rate has fallen to just 6.4% while state and national averages continue to rise.

The LiveWell Kids Garden and Nutrition programs have combined to create a hybrid, farm-to-table program. The initiative is comprised of six, 30-minute interactive lessons, which focus on educating elementary school students on the process and benefits of growing their own food and making healthy eating choices. All lessons are delivered in the fresh air of the school gardens by trained parent volunteers. Throughout the year, Garden Angel volunteers maintain the gardens.

 

2022-2023 Curriculum Coming Soon!

Try some of these healthy and delicious LiveWell Kids Recipes!

Garden Resources:

Local Garden-Related Workshops:

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

Beach Cities Volunteer Day

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

Interested in becoming a Garden Angel volunteer for the LiveWell Kids Program? Apply today!