October 19, 2010
Bragg Health Institute Donates Organic Apples to Goleta School District
Last week, Patricia Bragg and Director of Bragg Health Institute, Dr. John Westerdahl were busy delivering organic apples to local Goleta Union School districts. The organic apples were grown at Winchester Canyon Bragg Organic Farm and donated by the Bragg Health Institute.
“We are committed to helping our Santa Barbara area local schools, and soon nation-wide, to provide healthy, organic foods to all school students.
It is also the Bragg mission to work with our local, schools in teaching Students about healthy nutrition and organic growing,” says Patricia Bragg.
Sharon Baird, registered Dietitian and Food Service Director for the Goleta Union School district, is also excited about including Bragg organic apples in the school foods service. “The children just love the organic apples from the Bragg Organic Farm, and they are higher in quality than our standard fruit vendors,” states Sharon
Patricia, through the Bragg Health Institute is looking forward to working closely with the school lunch programs in the Santa Barbara area.
Above: Bragg Health Institute Director Dr. John Westerdahl
Delivers Bragg Organic Apples to Sharon Baird,
Food Service Director at Goleta Union School District
Above: Patricia Bragg gets Bragg Organic Farm Apples Ready
to Deliver to the Goleta Union School District
May 10, 2010 -- Goleta’s Bragg Health Institute Educates
Goleta School Children about Good Nutrition and Organic Produce
Patricia Bragg and Bragg Health Institute Health Education Team visited five classrooms at Foothill Elementary School – Kindergarten to 6th grade — to ‘kick off’ a new educational nutrition program promoting better nutrition for Santa Barbara & Goleta public schools.
Right: Foothill School students with Patricia and Farmer Sergio
Above: Farmer Sergio teaching students about organic garlic
Each classroom, their teachers and teacher’s aids were given an amazing 45 minute presentation in the school auditorium by Bragg Health Institute Founder and Health Crusader Patricia Bragg, Nutritionist Dr. John Westerdahl, Organic Farmer Sergio. The focus of the Nutrition Education is to teach children the importance of eating more organic fruits and vegetables and how organic farming plays an important health role in environmentally-friendly, healthy plant foods.
In the beginning of the presentation Dr. John Westerdahl quizzed the children about the basics about organic vegetables, fruits and nutrition and when he repeated the same quiz at the end of the presentation, it clearly showed that they had learned a lot of health information about what to eat and organic gardening in the 45 minute class. The children were also interacting and asking many health questions.
More about The Bragg Health Institute School Nutritional Program
The Bragg Health Institute is partnering with the Santa Barbara & Goleta Union School District in educating students on the importance of good nutrition and eating healthy organic produce. The Bragg Health Institute and its Health Education Team is providing this program to the schools as part of its health mission outreach to the community.
Besides teaching children about eating more organic fruits and vegetables, the program also takes off on the theme of “bring a farmer to school” concept of educating school children of where healthy plant foods come from. Farmer Sergio’s Synergy Organic Farm is located on the Bragg Organic Farm and he will lead the school children in a discussion and educational presentation on the positive impact of growing organic vegetables and fruits.
This is followed by Bragg Health Institute Nutritionists and Health Educators Patricia Bragg and John Westerdahl along with Goleta Union School District’s Food Service Director, Registered Dietitian Sharon Baird.
Right: 3rd grade teacher Jeanie DeTomaso with Patricia Bragg
Currently there is a national effort to educate school children of all ages about good nutrition due to a growing nation obesity epidemic among school-aged children. The Bragg Health Institute is dedicating its efforts to help in this effort in the Goleta and Santa Barbara School Districts.
Left: Foothill School Students holding their Special Bragg Health Bags filled with health and nutrition information, recipes and coloring books
The next Bragg Health Institute Nutritional School Program will take place at the popular Ellwood School on May 17, and next at El Camino School on May 18 and at Brandon School on May 24. Our goal is to educate and inspire all Goleta & Santa Barbara public schools about healthy eating and hope to make this a nationwide effort soon.
This project was sponsored in part by a grant from Venoco, Inc.
The Bragg Health Institute is a public nonprofit organization which is an educational outreach associated with the Bragg Live Food Products company.
Bragg Live Food Products was founded by Paul C. Bragg, originator of Health Food Stores and carried on by his dedicated daughter Patricia Bragg. This past year the Bragg Health Institute has donated thousands of organic apples to the local school districts which were grown on the Bragg Organic Farm.
Above: Foothill School Students had many wonderful questions for Bragg Health Institute Experts
~ WATCH SCHOOL PRESENTATION VIDEO ~
April 27, 2010 -- Lecture on Total Health @ Goleta Valley Community Center
June 14, 2009 -- Patricia Bragg shares her life as a Health Crusader at the HEALTH FREEDOM EXPO in Chicago.
June 9, 2009 -- Dr. John Westerdahl, Director of Health Science for Bragg Live Food Products, recently spoke before the Vegetarian Society of Hawaii on the secrets of a plant-based diet for a healthy and ageless lifestyle.
August 26, 2008 -- A "Letter to the Editor" by our very own Dr. John Westerdahl, PhD, MPH, RD, Director of the Bragg Health Institute is now in the September 1-8 printed edition of U.S.NEWS & WORLD REPORT. Also available on their website.
This letter was written in response to the magazine’s annual special issue on America’s Best Hospitals. It stresses the need for modern medicine and hospitals to recognize the fields of wellness, preventive and lifestyle medicine – all the areas that the Bragg Healthy Lifestyle is about.
January 18, 2008 – Dr. Patricia Bragg presented a free community Health Lecture and Seminarin Byron Bay, New South Wales, Australia. She shared a wealth of information regarding the Bragg Healthy Lifestyle .
September 29 – October 2, 2007 – Dr. John Westerdahl represented the Bragg Health Institute at the Food & Nutrition Conference & Expo of the American Dietetic Association in Philadelphia. This meeting is the world’s largest gathering of nutritional professionals primarily consisting of registered dietitians, nutrition educators and scientists. Dr. Westerdahl is actively involved in the Vegetarian Nutrition and Nutrition in Complementary Care Practice Groups of the American Dietetic Association and represented the Institute at their functions at the conference. Bragg healthy lifestyle literature was also provided at the annual meeting of the Seventh-Day Adventist Dietetic Association, which was held in conjunction with the American Dietetic Association conference.
September 28, 2007 – Dr. John Westerdahl represented the Bragg Health Institute at the American College of Nutrition 48th Annual Meeting and Conference in Orlando, Florida at the Walt Disney World Resort. At the conference Dr. Westerdahl and his colleagues, Howard Murad, M.D. and Jasmine Jankicevic, M.D. presented their research study, “Dietary Supplementation As A Nutrition Intervention Strategy To Increase Intracellular Water And Phase Angle.” This research showed that with the proper nutritional supplementation, you can effectively increase intracellular water and improve the health and vitality of the cells. The conference was attended by many of the world’s leading nutritional scientists. The study was included as an abstract in the prestigious Journal of the American College of Nutrition. This research further confirms Dr. Paul C. Bragg’s early concepts that good nutrition and nutritional supplementation are vital to improving the health and vitality of the cell which can slow the progression of aging.
September 1 – 3, 2007 - Dr. Patricia Bragg recently spoke at the 35th Annual Cancer Convention of the Cancer Control Society in Los Angeles, California. In her presentation she discussed the mission of the Bragg Health Institute and introduced the Institute’s first Director, Dr. John Westerdahl. Dr. Bragg and Dr. Westerdahl had an exhibit at the conference sharing the Bragg Healthy Lifestyle message to the hundreds of people that attended the conference.