AUSD Wellness Committee

March, 2021


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Wellness Challenge - Endurance Challenge

Did you know? Auburn is the Endurance Capital of the World! There is a big endurance race that runs right through the Auburn area every year. This is the Tevis Cup race. This race takes place on horseback and the finish line is located at the fairgrounds here in Auburn.

Join us in celebrating our endurance by participating in the first AUSD Endurance Challenge!

Students can earn a ceremonial "belt buckles" for completing the Endurance Challenge. Students can earn one buckle for participating in the 100 mile Endurance Challenge. Every class that completes 100 total miles of combined activity will be awarded buckles!

Activity trackers will be provided to all students participating.

This Endurance Challenge is open to all students, teachers, staff, and families! We would love to see pictures of you completing your miles!

The Endurance Challenge will run from April 5th through April 30th, 2021.

We encourage classrooms to come up with "team names" and decorate a letter-sized poster to display on your classroom door. We will feature different team posters on our social media platforms.

March is National Nutrition Month, National School Breakfast Week

National Nutrition Month - March 2021

It's time to celebrate! March is National Nutrition Month.

Some great ways to celebrate are with healthy snacks and meals. Here are some of our favorites!

Apples and Yogurt

2 apples, cored and sliced

1/4 cup plain or vanilla yogurt

Sprinkle of cinnamon

Place yogurt in a small bowl. Sprinkle with cinnamon. Dip apples in prepared yogurt for a refreshing snack!

Easy Pasta Salad

3 cups uncooked fusilli pasta

2 heaping cups halved cherry tomatoes
1 ½ cups cooked chickpeas, drained and rinsed
2 cups arugula
1 cup Persian cucumbers, sliced into thin half moons
1 cup crumbled feta cheese
1 cup basil leaves, torn
½ cup minced parsley
½ cup chopped mint
¼ cup toasted pine nuts


¼ cup extra-virgin olive oil, more for drizzling
3 tablespoons lemon juice
1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
3 garlic cloves, minced
1 teaspoon herbes de Provence, or dried Italian seasoning
¼ teaspoon red pepper flakes
¾ teaspoon sea salt


Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Prepare the pasta according to the package directions, or until slightly past al dente.
Meanwhile, make the dressing. In a small bowl, whisk together the olive oil, lemon juice, mustard, garlic, herbes de Provence, red pepper flakes, and salt. (Note: the dressing will have a strong flavor, it’ll mellow once it coats all of the pasta salad ingredients).
Drain the pasta, toss it with a little olive oil (so that it doesn’t stick together) and let it cool to room temp. Transfer to a large bowl with the tomatoes, chickpeas, arugula, cucumbers, feta cheese, basil, parsley, mint, and pine nuts. Pour the dressing and toss to coat. Season to taste with more lemon, salt, pepper, and/or a drizzle of olive oil, if desired, and serve.

National School Breakfast Week - March 8th - 12th, 2021

We are here for breakfast! Your student can pick up a breakfast meal from the school cafeteria each school day at no cost through June 30th, 2021.

Students enrolled in Cohort C and children not enrolled in school can pick up Meal Kits on Tuesday and Thursday each week from one of our curbside service locations. Click here for more information.

School menus are available online for your reference!

Elementary School Menus - En español

E.V. Cain Middle School Menus - En español

Nutrition Tips for Everyday

Here are some practical tips to help you be your best for the Endurance Challenge!

Whole grains give you energy to run and play.

· Start your day with a bowl of oatmeal for breakfast.

· Make your sandwich with whole wheat bread.

· Enjoy air popped popcorn for a tasty snack.

The Dairy Council of California has great tips for nutritious options for families on the go.

Click here for a newsletter specially written for busy families. En español

Wellness Committee Meeting

Monday, June 7th, 3:30pm

Virtual - Online

The next Wellness Committee meeting will be held virtually on June 7th, 2021 at 3:30 pm.

Email April Mackill for an invitation link:

RSVPs are enabled for this event.

The Great Kindness Challenge - Keep it going!

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