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Institute for Student Health



The ISH designs projects relating to food, fitness and community based on our partners’ needs. Click here to read about each of our past projects.

Recent and Ongoing Projects

Health Champion Program

Health Champion participants work hard over the course of a semester to learn basic cooking, gardening, and fitness skills. We don’t stop at personal wellness- students then design a Community Service Project that aims to share what they have learned with the community.

HEAL Workshops

Our Healthy Eating, Active Lifestyle workshops teach practical skills in the areas of eco-crafting, fitness, healthy cooking, and garden maintenance.

Dig & Dine

A gardening and cooking curriculum that gets kids’ hands dirty in the garden then busy in the kitchen, preparing recipes based around the day’s harvest.

D3: Dance, Dig & Dine

A healthy lifestyle is not only about eating healthy, it also requires regular physical activity. Our D3 curriculum includes engaging swing and salsa dance instruction to complement gardening and cooking lessons. It’s easy to stay active when exercise is fun!

Past Projects Overview

January-November 2011: The ISH Farmer’s Market Tour visited the City Heights Farmers’ Market and provided nutrition and fitness information, eco-craft lessons, and cooking demonstrations. Read more here.

February-July 2011: The ISH collaborated with Casa Familiar and added a Healthy Eating, Active Lifestyle component to the Spring Youth Camps by teaching food and fitness lessons. Read more here.

January-May 2011: The ISH facilitated the creation of a new school garden at Junipero Serra High School in San Diego. Read more here.