Teach students about the benefits of warming up the body before exercising.  In addition to raising core body temperature and making muscles more flexible, warming up can also help the body work more efficiently, prevent injury, and stimulate brain activity. 


Have a class discussion about the importance of warming up before starting a physical activity.  Then do a few warm-up exercises together such as head circles, arm raises, trunk twists, knee ups (marching) and squats.






Adventure Activities

Geography Exploration:

California leads the nation in total fruit and vegetable production.  Have students explore California's geography to learn why California is able to grow a diverse variety of fruits and vegetables.  Topics to study may include:

  • State and regional climates
  • Land features and general topography
  • Annual and monthly precipitation
  • Types of soil






Just the Facts

  • There are about 250,000 date palm trees in the United States, most of which are on 5,000 acres in the Coachella Valley.  In comparison, Iraq - which is only slightly larger in size than California - has nearly 22 million date palm trees.
  • The fig is actually an inverted flower while the seeds are the drupes, or real fruit.
  • The fiber and sorbitol found in dried plums can help retain moisture in leaner cuts of red meat and poultry.
  • On average, Americans consume about two pounds of raisins per year, slightly ahead of fresh grapes.




Food Service

Our Mission Statement

Our mission is to provide a variety of healthy food options that are not only nutritious, but also tasty and appealing for all of our students, staff members, and even parents.  Menus are created each month that include new and exciting options as well as long-standing student favorites.  Each menu is carefully crafted to ensure both compliance with strict nutrition standards and student acceptability alike.

Featured Fruit: Dried Fruit

Featured Fruit: Dried Fruit

Recepie of the Month

Cooking in Class: Trail Mix

Makes 32 tastes at 6 tablespoons each (107 calories per "taste")



4 cups dried fruits (at least 4 varieties like raisins, apricots, cranberries, cherries)

1 1/2 cup cups mixed nuts

4 cups small pretzels

2 1/2 cups whole grain cereal

4 tablespoons (for measurement)

Bowls (to hold ingredients)

Small bowls and spoons

Paper and pencils



1.  Set up ingredients on large table.

2.  Let students make their own trail mix using the tablespoon measures.

3.  Have them record what and how much of each ingredient they use in their recipe.



Check Out These Links

American Heart Association: www.heart.org

Dairy Council of California: http://www.healthyeating.org

Lets Move!: http://www.letsmove.gov/

Wellness Policy


MCUSD Food Services Division

P.O. Box 8 / 5082 Old Highway North

Mariposa, CA 95338


fax: 209/966-8441

Tammi A. Richards, Food Services Manager




Reasons to Eat Dried Fruit

A 1/4 cup of dried plums is a good source of fiber and a source of potassium, magnesium, riboflavin, and vitamin A.

A 1/4 cup of chopped dates is a good source of fiber and a source of potassium.

A 1/4 cup of dried figs is a good source of fiber and a source of calcium, magnesium, potassium, and vitamin K.

A 1/4 cup of raisins is a source of fiber and potassium.


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