Best Practices for Schools

Live Well San Diego strives to connect organizations of every kind—cities and governments, businesses, healthcare organizations, schools, and community- and faith-based organizations—through a shared purpose. School district partners have the potential to reach children and families throughout San Diego County. Working together, partner school districts are sharing best practices and advancing policies and programs that support healthy, safe and thriving students, teachers and families through updated wellness programs, farm-to-cafeteria programs, school gardens, safe routes to schools, disaster preparedness and environmentally conscious buildings.

Healthy Schools initiatives and tools improve the health of students across the region, and driver education programs help keep new high school drivers safe.  Best practice toolkits provide resources for schools to implement programs and policies that address student health, safety and well-being. 

Schools Toolkit

The Tools for Schools toolkit equips school districts and individual schools with the tools and best practices to implement programs aimed at reducing childhood obesity and create healthier school environments for all students. It highlights innovative and practical programs for school policy makers and other key stakeholders to adopt and tailor to meet the needs of their unique student population and community.  Superintendents throughout the county and their key staff provided input on policies, programs and partnerships most important to them, which are included in the toolkit.

BMI Toolkit

Chula Vista Elementary School District revamped its school wellness policies in 2007 to provide more nutritious school lunches and increase physical activity.  They began monitoring and tracking progress in 2010 by measuring Body Mass Index (BMI), a metric for obesity, of more than 24,000 K-sixth grade students. They measured again in 2012 and 2014 and found a 5% reduction in unhealthy weight and a 5% increase into the normal weight range over the four-year period.

Developed in 2013, the BMI Toolkit includes measurement tools and worksheets to help create healthier school environments.

Best Practices for Schools

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    Team Nutrition - USDA

    Initiative of the USDA Food and Nutrition Service to support Child Nutrition Programs through training and assistance for foodservice, nutrition education for children and their caregivers, and school and community resources for healthy eating and physical activity.

  • San Diego County Office of Education

    Programs and services for school districts and community colleges, including trainings, resources for keeping kids healthy, information about educating special populations.

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    School Wellness Policy Best Practices and Data Screening

    Best practice example of school district wellness policies regulating competitive or non-meal foods, prepared by Hanover Research for Chula Vista Elementary School District.

  • The RGK Foundation Grant Program

    Grants for community groups, education systems and medicine/health organizations.