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. All kindergarten through fifth grade students in Redondo Beach Unified School District and Hermosa Beach City School District currently receive the program. 

LiveWell Kids was originally created in response to a high rate of obesity – 20 percent in 2007 among Redondo Beach Unified School District (RBUSD) elementary school students. Since the program’s inception there has been a 70.5% decline in RBUSD student obesity. 

The LiveWell Kids program includes both garden and nutrition education. It 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.

2023-2024 Lessons

Lesson 1

Lesson 2

Lesson 3

Lesson 4

Lesson 5 – Coming in March 2024!

Lesson 6 – Coming in March 2024!

Try some of these healthy and delicious LiveWell Kids Recipes!

Additional Volunteer Materials:

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

Education Standards

LiveWell Kids aligns with the [1] Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Characteristics of Effective Health Education Curricula using the 2021 Health Education Curriculum Analysis Tool (HECAT), [2] California Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) and [3] Common Core State Standards (CCSS).

For more information, please contact:

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

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