Accomplishments

Over the course of its  33 year history, Day One and its staff has been recognized by a variety of local, regional and national bodies.  These include:

  • 2012 - CA State Legislature "Outstanding Women in Business Award" to Christy Zamani, Outstanding Non-Profit Executive Director 

  • 2012 - Pasadena Unified School District School Board - Certificate of Recognition for "SKILLZ" Summer School Program.

  • 2011 - Arroyo Weekly - Top 20 Organizations to Watch.

  • 2011 - LA County Peace and Violence Coalition - Outstanding Student Leader Award, Ashley Mercado, Day One Youth Advocate Vice President (2011-12)

  • 2010 - Pasadena Magazine - 100 Best Non-Profit in Pasadena.

  • 2010 - North Lake Village Business District Community Champion.

  • 2010 - El Centro de Accion - Recognition for Summer Prevention Series.

  • 2009 - ABC 7 - "Cool Kid Award" - Day One Youth Advocate President Nicole Bernard.

  • 2005 - Pasadena Public Health Department Director, William J. Allen - Exemplary Service, Leadership, and Commitment for a Tobacco Free Pasadena.

  • 2004 - Center for Substance Abuse Prevention - Promising Practice Award for Alcohol Planning System development.

  • 2003 - LA County Health Department/ Alcohol and Drug Program Administration, Director Patrick L. Ogawa - Certificate for outstanding alcohol and drug prevention services and creating safer, healthier neighborhoods in Pasadena.

  • 2003 - LA County Tobacco Control Alliance/LA County Tobacco Control and Prevention Program - Recognition for working toward smoke-free policies in Altadena.

  • 2003 - Pasadena Public Health Department Director, William J. Allen - Exemplary Service, Leadership, and Commitment for a Tobacco Free Pasadena .

  • 2003 - L.A. County Alcohol and Drug Program Administration - Spring Break AOD Prevention Recognition Award.

  • 2003 - Bright Futures Awarded to Youth Advocate Program.

  • 2003 - Jack and Jill Award to Youth Advocates.

  • 2003 American Cancer Society Youth Involvement Award to Youth Advocates.

  • 2000 - County Alcohol and Drug Administrators Association of California - Prevention Program of the Year.

  • 2000 - City of Pasadena - Mayor Bill Bogaard Proclaims April 2000 as Alcohol Awareness Month, supporting Day One's efforts to provide alcohol education and awareness in Pasadena.

  • 2000 - Tobacco Control Program of Los Angeles County - Effective Program Award.

  • 1999 - Assembly member Jack Scott - Commends Day One for developing and implementing a community action plan to reduce ATOD and for promoting parenting throughout Pasadena in passing resolution that March 1999 to be recognized as Parenting Awareness Month in the State of California.

  • 1997 - City of Pasadena - Mayor Chris Holden proclaims August 1997 as Youth Month so that during this month increased activities are available for young residents to enjoy, learn and develop their capacity to become the future of our city and other places where they assume their adult responsibilities.

  • 1993 - City of Pasadena - Mayor Rick Cole proclaims April 1993 to be Parenting Awareness Month, calls upon community to help raise awareness about this critical public health issue and join him in "drawing the line" to prevent underage drinking.

Advocacy/Program Accomplishments

Day One has a long history of engaging and empowering communities to improve public health and quality of life.  The following list provides a glimpse of some of our environmental prevention work over the past decade.

  • 2015 - Staff/Youth Advocates/volunteers assisted passage of a Smoke-Free Parks policy in the City of Pomona. 

  • 2014 - Staff/Youth Advocates/volunteers supported adoption of a local "Complete Streets" policy in the City of El Monte.

  • 2014 - Staff/Youth Advocates/volunteers facilitated adoption of local Bicycle Master Plans in the Cities of El Monte, South El Monte, Baldwin Park, Monterey Park and San Gabriel.

  • 2011 - Staff/Youth Advocates/volunteers assisted passage of a Smoke-Free Multi-Unit Housing Policy in the City of Pasadena.

  • 2010 - Staff/Youth Advocates/volunteers assisted passage of a Smoke-Free Multi-Unit Housing Policy in the City of South Pasadena.

  • 2010 - Staff/Youth Advocates/volunteers assisted City of San Gabriel adopt Tobacco Retail Licensing and Smoke Free Parks Ordinances.

  • 2009 - Staff/volunteers supported passage of Smoke-Free Outdoor Dining Ordinance in the City of Sierra Madre.

  • 2009 - Staff/Youth Advocates/volunteers assisted City of South Pasadena adopt a local Tobacco Retailer Licensing Ordinance.

  • 2008 - Youth Advocates provided public testimony before Pasadena City Council, South Pasadena City Council, LA County Board of Supervisors, and Pasadena Board of Zoning Appeals on a range of alcohol, drug and other health-related issues. 

  • 2008 - Staff/volunteers supported passage of Tobacco Retailer Licensing policy for LA County.

  • 2008 - Youth Advocates presented Pasadena City Council with over 500 collected petition signatures in support of the city’s adopted Comprehensive Outdoor Smoking ordinance.

  • 2008 - Youth Advocates volunteered with Sierra Madre and Pasadena Police as undercover agents to conduct stings to check compliance with local and state tobacco laws.

  • 2008 - Youth Advocates volunteered as undercover agents for CA STAKE (Stop Tobacco Access to Kids Enforcement) act to conduct state compliance checks.

  • 2008 - Youth Advocates participated in Youth Quest, a tobacco control conference held annually in Sacramento to educate engaged youth.

  • 2007 - Staff/Youth Advocates/volunteers assisted City of South Pasadena adopt a Smoke-Free Outdoor Areas (Parks, Dining) Ordinance.

  • 2006 - Staff/Youth Advocates/volunteers assisted City of Sierra Madre adopt a Tobacco Retailer Licensing ordinance.

  • 2006 - Staff/volunteers successfully advocated against granting of off-site CUP for alcohol sales opening of liquor Altadena.

  • 2006 - Staff provided technical assistance to Hermosa Beach residents on abating problem alcohol establishments.

  • 2005 - Staff/volunteers advocated and educated community against AB 417 which would have expanded the definition of alcohol and marketing practices towards youth; the governor vetoed it!

  • 2005 - Staff/volunteers assisted City of Pasadena pass a “Deemed Approved” Ordinance to mitigate land use and nuisance issues in nonconforming liquor stores.

  • 2005 - Staff/volunteers assisted passage of a stronger Open Container ordinance in Pasadena.

  • 2005 - Staff/volunteers successfully advocated for hiring of 6 additional officers to assist with quality of life issues such as underage sales to minor of alcohol and tobacco

  • 2005 - Staff/volunteers helped Altadena Town Council pass a resolution to support a “Deemed Approved” Ordinance structure at the county level

  • 2005 - Staff/volunteers successfully advocated for the Board of Supervisors to support SB 148.

  • 2004 - Staff/volunteers educated merchants on dangers of alcohol consumption which resulted in 8 local liquor stores voluntarily removing and ceasing the sales of single malt and fortified liquor

  • 2004 - Staff/volunteers supported local event organizers (Cinco de Mayo and NW Renaissance Fair) in becoming free of alcohol and tobacco sponsorship. 

  • 2003 - Staff assisted adoption of Smoke-Free Policies at 15 local places of worship and 15 apartment buildings.

Day One Food and Beverage Policy

Day One staff recognizes that promoting healthy, active lifestyles starts at home.  As a youth-serving agency that hosts regular meetings and community events, Day One must set high nutritional standards for the clients and the at-risk populations it serves if it wishes to credibly contribute to the fight against obesity and overweight-related disease.  The following set of guidelines for the purchase and provision of snacks and beverages for meetings, staff functions and community events is the agency’s first step at codifying and institutionalizing behavioral changes and healthy habits staff has embraced since 2008.   

Food and Beverage Policy

  • 100% of beverages and snacks provided and/or sold at Day One sponsored events shall meet specified nutrition standards

  • 100% of beverages and snacks served at Day One led meetings/programs/events shall meet specified nutrition standards




Standards for Snack Foods
All snack items served at Day One events shall meet the following nutrition standards:

  • Total Fat: 35% or less of calories from fat.

  • Saturated Fat: 10% or less of calories from saturated fat.

  • Trans Fat: No trans fats or no “partially hydrogenated oil” listed in the ingredient list

  • Sugar: 35% or less sugar by weight.

  • Calories: 250 calorie maximum per single serving food item.

  • Sodium: 250 mg or less of sodium per package/serving.



Exempt snack items include:

  • Fruits and vegetables

  • Nuts and seeds (including: plant based fats, i.e. peanut butter, almond butter)

  • Plant based spreads (i.e. hummus, pesto dip, etc.)

  • Low-fat or reduced fat cheeses



Beverages
Only the following Beverages shall be served at Day One sponsored events. Staff is also encouraged to refrain from storing and/or drinking any of the non-permissible beverages, particularly at Day One’s office or while on staff time, recognizing that staff serves as role models to the youth we serve.  Further, as an agency that supports sustainability and waste reduction, staff will refrain from purchasing bottled waters whenever possible.


Permissible Beverages

  • Drinking water with no added caloric or non-caloric sweeteners (Best)

  • Drinking water flavored with fruit or vegetables (Best)

    • Examples include strawberry; watermelon; cucumber, lime; 

  • Low-fat or nonfat unflavored milk products

  • Dairy alternative (soy) products that contain no more than 35% sugar by weight or contain no more than 3 teaspoons of sugar for one cup

  • Fresh coffee and tea, unsweetened iced tea

  • Fruit and/or vegetable based drinks that are 100% real juice and contain fiber or “pulp” (ok)



Non-permissible Beverages

  • Regular and diet sodas

  • Regular and diet sports drinks

  • Energy drinks 

  • Sweetened iced teas, lemonades, and punches

  • Fruit and/or vegetable based drinks that contain less than 100% real juice 
     


Dessert Policy
Day One staff loves dessert.  A lot.  But we also realize we can have too much of a good thing. Thus the impetus for a sensible, tasteful dessert policy.

 

  • Birthdays: Will be celebrated on a monthly basis. When possible, birthday desserts will include or be served with fruit, unsalted nuts and/or dark chocolate (e.g., berries with vanilla ice cream; fruit tarts; apple pie; chocolate fondue). 

  • Special Events: Desserts provided at special events should be served along with fresh fruit and other healthy options. 



Exceptions

  • Special functions such as formal events (e.g., anniversary event). 
     

Cost Saving Tips
Healthier snacks/beverages don’t have to cost more.  Here are a few tips to keep costs down and provide healthy, nutritious snacks.

  • Instead of serving juice, serve water flavored with fruit slices.

  • Purchase non-perishable snacks in bulk such as nuts, crackers and granola.

  • Use smaller plates to encourage smaller portions.

  • Reduce variety. Instead of several snack options, choose 1-2.

  • Purchase generic brands when possible.

  • Purchase seasonal fruits on sale and buy whole fruit instead of prepared fruit trays.

  • Use coupons when possible.

  • Be flexible with your planning. Purchase items on sale or that cost less.

  • Avoid individually packaged items when possible. These cost more than those packaged in bulk. Bulk packaged items can be served in small containers to provide portion control.
     


Calculating Numbers

Total Fat
To calculate percent of calories from Total Fat:

STEP 1. Grams of Total fat per serving multiplied by 9 = calories from saturated fat per serving
STEP 2. (Calories from saturated fat per serving divided by total calories) multiplied by 100 = % of calories from total fat

Using product nutrition fact label, calculate percent of calories from total fat

Grams of total fat per serving x 9Total calories per serving × 100

Example:  5 grams of total fat per serving x 9140 Calories per serving  × 100  =32% calories from saturated fat

Goal is less than 35%


Saturated Fat
To calculate percent of calories from Saturated Fat:

STEP 1. Grams of SATURATED fat per serving multiplied by 9 = calories from saturated fat per serving
STEP 2. (Calories from saturated fat per serving divided by total calories) multiplied by 100 = % of calories from saturated fat

Using product nutrition fact label, calculate percent of calories from saturated fat

Grams of saturated fat per serving x 9Total calories per serving × 100

Example:  0.5 grams of saturated fat per serving x 9140 Calories per serving  × 100  = 3.2% calories from saturated fat

Goal is less than 10%


Sugar by Weight
To calculate percent of Sugar by weight:

STEP 1. (Grams of SUGAR per serving divided by Weight of food grams per serving) multiplied by 100 = % of sugar by weight

Using product nutrition fact label, calculate percent of sugar by weight

Grams of sugar per serving / Weight of food per serving (grams) × 100

Example:  5 grams of sugar per serving / 35 grams × 100  =14% sugar by weight

Goal is less than 35%

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