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CHULA VISTA ELEMENTARY SCHOOL DISTRICT Well·ness    noun Definition: physical well-being, especially when maintained or achieved through good diet and regular exercise

WELLNESS POLICY  5030  SUMMARY     May  2012  

“Chula Vista  Elementary  School  District  (CVESD)  recognizes  the  link   between  student  health  and  learning  and  is  commi>ed  to  providing  a   healthy  school  environment  that  promotes  student  &  staff  wellness,   proper  nutriDon,  nutriDon  educaDon,  and  regular  physical  acDvity.  The   revised  Wellness  Policy  consolidates  and  updates  all  district  guidelines   to  reflect  changes  in  federal,  state,  local  and/or  district  policies.”  

MyPlate and MyPyramid… Can they be used together?

If you’ve been wondering how to teach nutrition using MyPlate instead of MyPyramid, you are not alone. A lot of educators are asking if they can use MyPlate along with their existing MyPyramid educational materials. The short answer is: YES, continue to use any lessons or materials you have found to be good teaching tools for your audience.

A large number of educational materials based on MyPyramid are available and in use. These materials can be used in conjunction with the new MyPlate icon. Here’s why: The information about what and how much to eat has not changed—both MyPyramid and MyPlate are illustrations that are based on the same food groups and recommendations about what and how much to eat. The website contains much of the same information that was available on Note that some sections of the website have been updated to reflect the 2010 Dietary Guidelines, and other sections continue to be updated. Look for a completely redesigned website and new interactive tools in the fall of 2011! How can you incorporate the new and popular MyPlate icon into your lessons or materials? Try using MyPlate to generate interest and prompt your audience to think about what they actually put on their plates.

For example, you can use the following materials now available on Click on the News and Media tab: Coloring sheets—use them to encourage children to illustrate their own plates or what they think is a healthy plate. Downloadable images of MyPlate—display and ask your audience to “rate their plate” and discuss ways to improve their choices. Then, use your existing lessons or materials to “dig deeper”—to help guide discussion and answer questions. Over time, lessons and materials will be developed or updated to incorporate the MyPlate icon. The information and messages in these materials may be very similar to current materials. As noted above, the content will only need to change to update it for the 2010 Dietary Guidelines.

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July 2011

Integra(ng health   educaDon  into  K-­‐6  core   academic  subjects   during  the  school  day   and  before-­‐and  aQer-­‐ school  programs  as  well   as  providing   professional   development  in  health   and  physical  educaDon   highlighDng  healthy   behaviors.  

Supplying a  standards-­‐ based  K-­‐6  physical   educaDon  program   emphasizing  physical   fitness,  posiDve  health   pracDces,  and  skill   development,  that  meets   or  exceeds  the  State   mandated  instrucDonal   minutes  required  at  the   elementary  level.  

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Giving all  students  opportuniDes  to  be  physically   acDve  throughout  the  day  with  acDviDes  such  as   classroom  mini-­‐breaks,  physical  educaDon,  recess,   school  intramurals,  special  events,  Safe-­‐Routes  to   School,  and  before-­‐and  aQer-­‐school  programs.    

Implemen(ng nutriDon   guidelines  for  all  foods   available  on  each  campus   during  the  day     (one  hour  before  and  a9er   school),  with  the  objecDve   of  promoDng  student   health  and  reducing   childhood  obesity.    

National School Lunch Week - October 10-14, 2011

CHULA VISTA ELEMENTARY SCHOOL DISTRICT Copyright © 2011 School Nutrition Association. All Rights Reserved.

Delivering foods  and  beverages  through  federally  mandated   reimbursable  school  meal  programs  that  meet  or  exceed   federal  regulaDons.    For  example,  the  District  has  chosen   not  to  serve  flavored  milk  at  meals  or  snacks.      

Prohibi(ng the  markeDng  and  adverDsing  of  non-­‐ nutriDous  foods  and  beverages  on  school  sites.   School  staff  is  strongly  encouraged  to  use  non-­‐ descripDve  containers  for  food  and  beverages  they   consume  while  with  children.  

Prohibi(ng food  items  in  celebraDon  of  a  student’s   birthday  on  the  school  site  during  the  school  day.  

Instead…… Choice  of  favorite  game  or  book,  give  a  special  privilege!  

PermiEng no  more  than     two  parDes/celebraDons     with  food     for  each  class,  per  school   year,  to  be  scheduled   aQer  lunch  whenever   possible.        

All food  items  should  be   store-­‐bought,  pre-­‐ packaged,  and/or  pre-­‐ wrapped  for     food  safety  and  allergies.  

Restric(ng school  staff  and  other  enDDes  from  using   non-­‐compliant  food  as  a  reward  for  academic   performance,  accomplishments,  or  classroom   behavior.    The  District  emphasizes  non-­‐food   incenDves  as  alternaDves  to  all  school  staff.  

Encouraging school  organizaDons  to  use  non-­‐food   items  and/or  healthy  food  items  for  fundraising   purposes  and  special  events.    If  food  is  used,  there   should  be  an  effort  to  balance  healthier,  appropriate   por(on-­‐size  food  choices  with  non-­‐nutri(ous  items.    

Encouraging parents/guardians  to  support  student  wellness   by  considering  the  nutri(onal  quality  and  por(on-­‐size  of   items  they  send  for  snacks/lunch  and  complying  with  new   District  guidelines  for  non-­‐food  birthday  par(es,  healthier   celebra(ons  and  special  events.  

Encouraging staff  to  serve  as  posiDve  role   models  by  promoDng  health  and  wellness   resources  that  support  posiDve  lifestyle   pracDces  among  employees.  

Fostering consistent  health  messages  between  the   home  and  school  environment  by  disseminaDng   informaDon  through  District  menus,  school   newsle>ers,  handouts,  websites,  parent  meeDngs,     and/or  other  communicaDons.  

Inspiring schools  to  develop  intergeneraDonal   programs  involving  acDve  older  adults  as  role   models  to  support  children’s  healthy  lifestyle   behaviors.  


Wellness Policy Communication/Information/Resources

Wellness Policy Implementation

CVESD Wellness Policy ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦

District Wellness Committee Brochures, Flyers, Policy Postings Parent Workshops, CNS-Parent Advisory Committee, Wellness Website Special events District wide PE program Fitness Total Revision of District Wellness Policy-1st BOE Reading 4/10/12

♦ All resources and policy information has been communicated and is available through district brochures and wellness website. ♦ All PE curriculum/training/equipment has been provided to the majority of district teachers. Curriculum on Website ♦ All Schools have received information/charts and graphs on current fitness testing/reporting for past 3 years ♦ Nutrition education instruction/resources are available through the Exercise the Dream program, and CNS and CVCC ♦ Active Wellness Committee- Staff Wellness SubCommittee

♦ School Wellness Committees ♦ PE 200 minutes/10 days ♦ Increasing MVPA during PE, recess and after school activities ♦ Adherence to Wellness Policy food requirements ♦ Reducing “junk” food on school sites ♦ Healthy fundraisers ♦ More consumption of fruits and veggies

Food Environment Interventions

Staff Interventions

Physical Education/Fitness & Activity


 More fruits and veggies  Healthy choices for snacks and celebrations only  Fruit & veggie stands  School gardens  Nutrition instruction  Breakfast in the classroom  Parent education & presentations Proposed Changes ♦ More fruits and veggies consumed ♦ Students make healthy food choices ♦ More parent involvement ♦ Lower BMI ♦ Same/higher test scores

 Involve & Update CNS food managers on each school site  Teacher incentives for healthy classrooms  Staff wellness information and opportunities  Staff wellness activities-like healthy snacks in lounge, exercise time with students Proposed Changes ♦ Improve staff morale and role modeling for students ♦ Staff ownership/healthier food environment ♦ Decrease marketing in classroom ♦ More student involvement

 Daily PE instruction- 50% MVPA  Improved recess activities  Walking/running clubs and/or Safe Routes to School activities  Fitness rewards  After school activities

 Height & Weight Measurements all pre-K-6th grade  School, District & Community Data collection and analysis  Involvement in community wellness activities and/or planning (HCSR, CCPW, SDHWC) Proposed Changes ♦ More “descriptive” data ♦ Shared resources and information for better planning ♦ School portfolio template information -SARC

Proposed Changes ♦ Increase in fitness/skills ♦ Same/higher test scores ♦ Lower BMI

Prepared by Sharon Hillidge, CVESD Resource Teacher 5/27/10 revised 6/8/10, updated 4/20/12

Establishing a  plan  for  promoDng,  implemenDng,  monitoring  and   evaluaDng  wellness  policy  pracDces  in  each  school,  and   throughout  the  District.  

*The complete  Wellness  Policy  can  be  found  at    click  DISTRICT  –  board  policies             for  addiDonal  informaDon  contact:    

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