CVESD Named First ‘Live Well, San Diego!’ District

In addition to being the largest elementary school district in the state and home to nine California Distinguished Schools, the Chula Vista Elementary School District can now also claim to be San Diego County’s first Live Well, San Diego! school district.

On Wednesday, April 17, the County Health and Human Services Agency (HHSA) awarded the District the distinction in recognition of the district’s commitment to improve the health and well-being of its students.

“I am honored and excited to recognize the Chula Vista Elementary School District for the incredible work they are doing to be a healthy, safe and thriving school district,” said Chairman Greg Cox, County Board of Supervisors. “This district is a role model for school health and wellness, both locally and nationally.”

Cox presented a proclamation to the District at the April 17 Board of Education meeting, which declared the day “Chula Vista Elementary School District ‘Live Well, San Diego! Day” in the county.

“This collaboration with the Chula Vista Elementary School District is essential. Schools are where it is all happening, where we can have the biggest impact,” Cox said. “The zumba classes, running clubs, the healthier food options at lunch–all those things are certainly helping create healthier students, which hopefully leads to healthier adults. CVESD continues to serve as a key role model for school health, not only in San Diego County but for school districts all over the United States.”County-CVESD

In 2010, the County of San Diego launched Live Well, San Diego!, a 10-year initiative to improve the health, safety and well-being of residents. An important goal of the initiative is working with school districts to promote healthy lifestyles for the students and families they serve.  The CVESD schools will display a printed logo at each campus to highlight the partnership with Live Well, San Diego!

“Schools are the one place where there is an intersection of children, youth, families, communities, and businesses,” said Nick Macchione, HHSA director. “Chula Vista Elementary School District’s adoption of the Live Well, San Diego! initiative will result in more opportunities to work together in support of the health and well-being of the students and their families.”Rice Wellness Info

CVESD is an active member on a number of health-related programs and coalitions in HHSA’s South Region. In 2005, the district implemented the Healthy Eating Active Communities initiative to reduce childhood obesity. The district is a founding member of the Healthy Communities South Region (HCSR) Live Well, San Diego! Leadership Team and a leader in the National Initiative for Children’s Healthcare Quality Healthy Weight Collaborative.

“There is a well-documented link between health and student achievement,” said CVESD Superintendent Francisco Escobedo. “Healthier students perform better academically.”

In 2010 and 2012, CVESD administered a unique project to measure the height and weight of every preschool through sixth grade student within the school district. For example, in 2010, almost 40 percent of Kindergarten through Grade 6 students were at an unhealthy weight (overweight and/or obese) for their age and gender. In 2012, the data demonstrated a positive downward trend in obesity, as rates declined 3.2 percent or the equivalent of a small school. The data from the project has served as a reference point for community planning related to health and recreation. A multi-faceted partnership effected change in school and community attitudes on everything from how to differently celebrate a student’s birthday to what students are served in school cafeterias.

In April 2012, the District was awarded the San Diego County Public Health Champion Award for the South Region.

–This report provided with assistance of County News Center.

View County News Center’s film clip here.

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