The Board of Education recognizes the strong relationship between students’ nutrition/fitness/health status and their school attendance, access to education and ability to learn. Good health, facilitated by both knowledge and practice of healthy eating and exercise behaviors and habits, is a major factor in helping students and staff function at optimal levels.
The district's Wellness Newsletters cover six different topics for families and individuals interested in making healthy choices. These may be downloaded in either English or Spanish. Wellness Newsletters can also be used by sites for school newsletters or posting on school websites.
MyPlate Replaces Food Pyramid
It's out with the food pyramid and in with "My Plate."
, which has been updated to reflect the 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans.
Childhood Obesity Initiative
The San Diego County Childhood Obesity Initiative is a public/private partnership whose mission is to reduce and prevent childhood obesity in San Diego County by creating healthy environments for all children and families through advocacy, education, policy development, and environmental change http://ourcommunityourkids.org/ Alliance for a Healthier Generation
Parents and guardians are key decision-makers when it comes to the nutrition, physical activity and health needs of their child. Each day, you can take advantage of the healthy choices around you and do little things that can affect your child’s health in a big way. Founders: American Heart Association and Wm. J. Clinton Foundation. Partner: Robert Wood Johnson Foundationwww.healthiergeneration.org/parents.aspx
California Project LEAN (Leaders Encouraging Activity and Nutrition)As a joint program of the California Department of Public Health and the Public Health Institute, California Project LEAN works to advance nutrition and physical activity policy in schools and communities in order to prevent obesity and its associated chronic diseases
Chat with First Lady Michelle Obama and get information on the Let's Move! Initiative to raise a healthier generation of kids.www.letsmove.gov/
Dairy Council of California
Dairy Council of California offers a wide variety of free health education tools and downloadable free handouts that include tips for healthy eating and getting adequate physical activity.
This fall, take a pledge to start or strengthen a commitment to family meals with the Eat Better, Eat Together Pledge for Family Meals from Dairy Council of California. Once you've taken the pledge at Facebook.com/MealsMatter.org, you will receive tips, meal suggestions and learn how to balance meals with all five food groups. Plus, you have the opportunity to take a survey in November to qualify to win free groceries!
State Superintendent for Public Education Tom Torlakson has created a campaign "Team California for Healthy Kids" with a website with resources.“Because student health and student learning go hand in hand, we want to empower every child and every family in California to make healthy food and physical activity choices every day. With Team California for Healthy Kids, we’ll help make the healthy choices the easy choices. Our goal is no child left indoors.” – Tom Torlakson, California State Superintendent of Public Instruction.