CVESD Wellness Policy

Sliced GrapefruitWell · ness – noun

Definition: Physical well-being, especially when maintained or achieved through good nutrition and regular exercise.

“Chula Vista Elementary School District recognizes the link between student health and learning and is committed to providing a school environment that promotes student wellness, proper nutrition, nutrition education, and regular physical activity for all District students.”

In 2004, Congress passed a law requiring every school district that uses federal dollars for school breakfast or lunch to create a local wellness policy. A few years later, Congress passed the Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 which added new provisions for local school wellness policies related to implementation, evaluation, and publicly reporting on progress of local school wellness policies.

Rece Track LanesThe District’s local wellness policy applies to every school in the District. The policy assists schools in improving the health of students by promoting physical activity and nutritious food. The policy was revised in August 2017. To view a comprehensive summary of the policy guidelines in English, click on the PDF file titled Wellness Summary 2018 located in the document container at the bottom of this page.

School districts can play a critical role in curbing the epidemic of childhood health issues like obesity, heart disease, and diabetes which are directly associated with poor nutrition and inactivity.

Learn More About Children’s Health Issues

According to the CDC, “In the United States, the percentage of children and adolescents affected by obesity has more than tripled since the 1970s. Data from 2015-2016 shows that nearly 1 in 5 school age children and young people (6 to 19 years) in the United States has obesity.

To view the State of Childhood Obesity in San Diego County 2016 report, click on the PDF file located in the document container at the bottom of this page.

CVESD Height & Weight Surveillance Project

Glass of WaterIn 2010-11, the District undertook a landmark research project in measuring the height and weight of more than 25,000 students. The alarming results prompted various changes including a revised wellness policy. This project continues to take place on a biennial basis. To view the most recent data, click on the document titled Height and Weight Surveillance Report 2016 located in the document container at the bottom of this page.

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