Mountain Empire Unified School District (MEUSD) joined Live Well San Diego as a recognized partner on June 23, 2015. MEUSD has demonstrated a commitment to bring Live Well San Diego’s vision of a healthy, safe and thriving San Diego County to life, and promotes the link between student well-being and learning. MEUSD has established a comprehensive wellness program, which provides strategies to support parents/guardians, students, school food service professionals, school administrators, Board Representatives, and members of the public to proactively lead healthy lives. This wellness program sets guidelines to build better health, grow safely in schools, and thrive as leaders in the community.
MEUSD is sharing knowledge and resources with families and community members through the implementation of school gardens across multiple schools, as well as providing outdoor educational opportunities focusing on nutrition. In addition, good nutrition and healthy eating habits for both students and staff are promoted through the District’s nutrition education goals. The District is facilitating students with opportunities to develop skills, regularly participate in physical activity, and understand the short- and long-term benefits of a physically active lifestyle. MEUSD links staff with community resources and on-site educational opportunities to encourage physical activity, healthy eating, and support for long-term health through annual health fairs.
In 2015, MEUSD was recognized within the state of California as a Gold Ribbon Award recipient for their commitment to providing a vibrant and innovative academic environment. Awardees were described as centers for learning and teaching that foster rigorous academic standards, excellence and creativity in teaching and positive school climates. Moving forward, MEUSD is committed to continuing its successful programs that support students, staff and families and contribute to a healthy, safe, and thriving community.