Healthy Communities

School Wellness Program

 
The School Wellness Program has engaged San Diego County elementary schools in free nutrition education and physical activity programming for classrooms, cafeterias, playgrounds, community youth organizations and summer meal sites.  Through these efforts, the School Wellness Program team is making great strides to improve health outcomes and food security for San Diego County's most vulnerable children and their families.  
 
Led by Healthy Works and the University of California, San Diego (UC San Diego) Center for Community Health, the School Wellness Program engages more than 20 elementary schools within 10 school districts throughout all 6 regions of San Diego County in their comprehensive school wellness programs. These programs include evidence-based nutrition education curriculum aligned with Common Core State Standards, increased physical activity programs, parent engagement workshops, monthly wellness promotions, school district wellness council support, youth empowerment programs, and policy, systems and environmental change strategies. 
 
School Wellness Program efforts are implemented through evidence-based curricula and meaningful partnerships with San Diego County school districts, wellness councils, food service departments, parent groups, teachers, principals and other community partners. The School Wellness Program continues to build upon these existing partnerships to expand the program√≠s reach.  
 
The School Wellness Program is offered at pre-approved school sites, which qualify based on the percentage of students enrolled in the Free and Reduced Price Meal Program.   
 
To learn more about the School Wellness Program, upcoming events, and how to get involved, contact Kate McDevitt. For general information on Healthy Works school wellness efforts, contact Barbara Hughes.