To All Attendees of the
2007 HFEE Banquet of Champions!
How lucky can you be?
To know a man
Unlike few in the world?
Dedicated is he,
Faithful is he,
Helpful is he.
A True Educator.
A man helping us
Save the Environment.
Over 25 years has
This man done
What few would do.
Let's take this
To HONOR None other
Than David Gray,
Huck-Fin Environmental Education
While we Congratulate
For their participation
Respectfully and Gratefully,
WHO and WHAT IS HUCK-FIN?
• HUCK-FIN is a 501-C3 non-profit organization, which teaches Environmental Education through fishing in schools and communities throughout San Diego County.
• HUCK-FIN has been working with the Sweetwater Union High School District for over 15years and San Diego County Parks and Recreation for 13 years.
• HUCK-FIN is K-12, focusing on Middle/Jr. High and High school age boys and girls.
• HUCK-FIN takes youths on field trips to our own private HUCK-FIN Lake, in addition to trips on professional charter boats on the Pacific Ocean.
• HUCK-FIN teaches youths the responsibility they owe to their Environment.
• HUCK-FIN currently reaches over 2,000 kids a year, giving them opportunity and direction.
WHAT CAN HUCK-FIN DO FOR YOU?
• HUCK-FIN gives educators and students a common interest to share and enjoy, giving the teachers the edge.
• HUCK-FIN can be used as a positive leverage point for administrators and teachers adding control and incentive.
• Administrators and teachers refer "At Risk Kids" to HUCK-FIN.
• HUCK-FIN gives students that don't normally fit in popular social circles, (sports, student government, etc.), a niche at school.
• HUCK-FIN students are required to turn in a permission slip from their Parents, Teachers, and involved school staff before each field trip, consequently, raising their grade and attendance.
• HUCK-FIN helps kids stay in school by giving them an alternative to drugs and other negative influences.
• HUCK-FIN gives hands on, real life application to classroom teachings. HUCK-FIN puts educators and students in a new and fun environment that they may not otherwise have an opportunity to experience.
• HUCK-FIN has an annual district wide "Tournament of Champions". Girls and boys from each school compete for prizes and trophies.
• HUCK-FIN follows the tournament with the annual "Banquet of Champions" for all HUCK-FIN teachers, school champion's, their parents, and school principals.
• HUCK-FIN has also held the now famous HUCK-FIN Fish Fry's for some special events. Students learn about good nutrition including "How to Cook Your Catch".
• HUCK-FIN builds self-esteem, friendships, teamwork, and teaches the life long sport of fishing.
Huck-Fin Environmental Education
Established 26 years ago by Dave Gray, the staff of Huck-Fin serves approximately 2,000 girls and boys a year, in schools, churches, clubs and community centers. Huck-Fin incorporates outdoor education and recreation into both an academic and sports intramural, K-12 program. Children that become involved are encouraged to maintain acceptable scholastic levels in school and are introduced and educated in the skills of fishing, conservation, science, cooking, art, music and citizenship. Rewards are based upon merit, with outstanding students receiving Achievement Awards at an annual event called "The Banquet Of Champions". Fishing trips, nature walks, conservation projects and mentorship are all part of the program. There is even a competitive fishing program, whereby participating girls and boys can earn a High School Varsity Letter in the sport of fishing - a world wide first, highlighted on ESPN. You can visit their website at www.huck-fin.com.
Gray, President, Huck-Fin Environmental Education (HFEE) answers the question, “What is CHEN4All?”
are Dave’s words introducing what is behind the collaborators’ efforts to
create Community Health, Exercise and Nutrition for All (CHEN4All):
Here is a basic overview of CHEN4ALL,
which we are planning to start in the fall of 2005 at Castle Park Middle
School, Chula Vista, California, San Diego County. The pilot school is in
the largest high school district in the United States, the Sweetwater Union
High School District, Dr. Ed Brand, Superintendent. Of course, CHEN4All
has much more than this overview covers, but the summary conveys what is
involved. There are a lot of expert nutritionists, food specialists and
scientists participating. Their expertise covers all the way from the best
kinds of water to natural foods and nutrients. These people really care and are
concerned about the kids and people of the world. They have been active and are
now part of CHEN4ALL, which can and should be a global movement,
starting with Castle Park Middle School. We look forward to
getting this off to the BANG we're looking for – the CHEN4All Health Fair
09/05!. It's going to take a team of like minds. We also have documentation
on video that CHEN4ALL will improve TEST SCORES, HEALTH and ATTITUDE
within the community that sincerely uses it, especially the kids.
Obesity and its related ills are well documented and
include heart disease, diabetes, cancer and many other health challenges or
“co-morbidities.” Recently Burton Danet, Ph.D., Co-Founder, A Better Community For
All (ABC4All), anticipating collaboration with Huck-Fin Environmental
Education (HFEE) regarding the development of a comprehensive
community-based solution to the obesity epidemic described the problem here: Opinion, Action
Plan and Call for Support: On the Epidemic of Obesity and its Health-Related
Crisis in Society.
There then developed, through
the collaborative effort of Huck-Fin Environmental Education (HFEE) and A
Better Community For All (ABC4All) the comprehensive, community-based effort
with the dual purpose of bringing healthy nutrition/exercise into the school
setting all the while providing multiple opportunities for nongovernmental
self-funding for the schools. Through this means, budget deficits can be
counteracted with the reinstatement of programs in the arts, music and physical
education which may have been eliminated.
DESCRIPTION OF CHEN4ALL
emphasis of CHEN4All will include educational components that can offer
specialized training or resources needed to educate people about unhealthful
food choices, the development of the overweight condition (all too often
leading to obesity) and the resultant development of associated health risks.
minimize such health risks to persons making the unhealthful food choices in
eating, every attempt will be made to share information regarding the vital
need to alert people to the health implications of such choices: “We are what we eat!”
persons make such everyday choices, without thinking and without an awareness
of the long-term effects of eating foods that are unhealthy. If the person’s
desire is truly to be as healthy as possible and to avoid such health risks,
then the educational tools of CHEN4All become a vital component in the effort
to combat the obesity epidemic. The hope is to sensitize children and their
families about the implications of every food choice that is made. THIS IS A
Who originated CHEN4All?
Burton Danet, Ph.D. , Clinical
Psychologist (retired) Co-Founder,
Better Community For All (ABC4All)
David Gray, President,
Environmental Education (HFEE)
HFEE and ABC4All, together, have
collaborated to create a comprehensive, community-based solution to the obesity
MODEL PROGRAM TO BE ADOPTED
CHEN4All will utilize the successful
model program created by the Nutritional
Resource Foundation & Natural Ovens Bakery who have partnered up to bring
nutritional fresh whole food guidelines designed to help concerned persons take
the necessary steps in improving school breakfasts, lunches, and snacks. Their
successful program is described in this moving, powerful 14-minute video
presentation: The Impact of
Fresh, Healthy Food on Learning and Behavior 2004
GOALS OF CHEN4ALL
The purpose of CHEN4All includes
protecting people from the outbreak of obesity and related ills: diabetes,
heart disease, cancer and many other health risks. Minimizing these risks can
lead to greater longevity with healthier and happier lives. The goal is to
provide a safer environment where communities and schools will utilize the
skills it takes to achieve better health for all. This is NOT “Mission Impossible!” Rather it is a mission that can
be successfully carried out provided there will develop the cooperation of all
segments within a community. Community Health,
Exercise and Nutrition for All (CHEN4All) aims to assist communities (American
citizens and children in any community) to achieve better and healthier
lifestyles with improvement in personal health goals and longevity of their
There is a need to focus on society’s
critical health risks. Every effort must be made to help people accomplish
healthier goals. The educational effort underlying CHEN4All must be at once
both entertaining and educational! The concepts of “Mission Impossible” will be
utilized to make what has been impossible up till now (control of the obesity
epidemic and health-related issues) possible.
This educational thrust will culminate
in a comprehensive educational module for Community Health, Exercise and
Nutrition for All (CHEN4All) that will be executed by The StORIteller,
Ori Yardeni: http://storiteller.com.
It will then be possible to have students from schools be taken to local
multiplex cinema complexes where they can be exposed to a series of productions
in up to 10 successive theatres which will tell all about the different areas
of concern relating to these wellness issues. Teachers can then take up the
issues in a serious vein via related lesson plans in the school setting.
FROM SCHOOL/COMMUNITY TO HOME
To reinforce and put into action all of
the concepts being developed by CHEN4All, there will also be a collaborative
effort with UCAN2COOK:
“Join millions of others who are tired of the fast-food
lifestyle and ready to make some changes at home. UCAN2 Cook! teaches busy people
how to integrate healthy home cooking into their already busy lifestyles. Our
system of all natural food products, kitchenware and education makes mealtime
at home convenient, healthy, tasty and fun!”
INVITATION TO EXPLORE OPTIONS FOR
MORE HEALTHFUL LIVING
Finally, with all of the above, people will be in a position to
decide for themselves which among the “Path of Eight Petals” offered by
A Better Community For All (ABC4All)
they wish to explore to improve their level of wellness. In so doing they will, hopefully, achieve a “Health Height™” which may not
have been within their awareness before now.
David Gray, President (Co-Collaborator)
Environmental Education (HFEE)
Community Health, Exercise and
Nutrition for All (CHEN4All)
Burton Danet, Ph.D., Clinical
Psychologist (retired), Co-Founder
A Better Community For All (ABC4All)
Robert Chew, Co-Founder and Vice
Kathy Merholz, Vice President, Business
Dr. Christine H. Farlow, D. C.,
Consultant in Nutrition
Scott Zwygart, Creative Director
with the support of:
Barbara Stitt, President
Natural Ovens Bakery
Nutritional Resource Foundation
David Doyle, Founder
UCAN2 Infotainment, Inc.
Innovator, creator and integrator of
high quality content with leisure technology.