Passionate About Healthful Lifestyle Choices

Healthy Day Partners (HDP) is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization formed by Camille Sowinski and Mim Michelove. The duo founded the organization because of a shared passion to encourage healthy lifestyle choices in schools and the local communities. Since forming, HDP has worked for the Encinitas Union School District (EUSD) in the 92024 and 92009 zip codes facilitating environmentally-friendly best practices and coordinating wellness initiatives.

Currently, HDP is working to help EUSD place day-lighting units and solar panels in several schools. These environmental improvements are known to increase students’ test scores while promoting better health and physical development and will help the District save on energy costs. HDP worked with Solana Center for Enviromental Innovation, District administrators, the EUSD Green Team, school staff and students to overhaul lunchtime waste. This effort resulted in the design and implementation of the SCRAP cart, a custom lunchtime recycling system that reduced the district’s lunchtime waste output by over 80% and helped EUSD to garner the California Resource Recovery Association’s Waste Prevention Award for 2013.

Mims House“Our most exciting project to date is the development of the Ocean Knoll Educational Farm. Through the collaborative support of EUSD, Jimbo’s…Naturally and the efforts of HDP, this one-acre depleted plot of land has been transformed into a jumbo outdoor classroom where students enhance their education in a multitude of academic subjects while gaining experience on a working farm,” explained Mim. The farm, still evolving, will not only offer students of Ocean Knoll and surrounding schools the opportunity for hands-on farming, but will grow fresh, organic produce that will be served in EUSD’s daily salad bars at all nine schools and help to provide fresh produce for the neighborhood food pantry at St. Andrew’s. Thanks to the City of Encinitas’ Community Grant, students from four 92024 schools will be offered field trips this fall. Students will participate in planting, harvesting and learning about food justice practices at the farm.

Healthy Day Partners is proud to receive support from Chipotle Mexican Grill, San Diego Ag in the Classroom, Whole Foods, California Tree Service, Target, Big Sunday, Parson’s Corporation and the many volunteer organizations who have supported their community projects. In just two years, HDP has been successful creating opportunities that bring private and public entities together to improve overall wellness – and meaningful results are to show for it. To learn more, visit www.healthydaypartners.org.