Health & Wellness
provide a unique setting to improve physical activity and nutrition
habits. As school time gets tight with competing priorities, schools
need to protect the value that physical activity and nutrition play in
the overall success of students.
passing of the Child Nutrition and WIC Reauthorization Act of 2004,
school districts participating in federally subsidized child nutrition
programs (e.g., National School Lunch Program, School Breakfast Program,
Special Milk Program and After School Snack Program) will be required
to establish a local school wellness policy by 2006 school year. The
following two links are to resources that may assist you in
understanding and supporting this policy:
agree that the causes of childhood overweight are multidimensional. To
address this, Vista La Mesa Academy has strategies for change at the
individual, environmental, and policy levels.
Increase fruit and vegetable consumption strategies
- School provides fresh produce at recess
- School provides fresh fruits and vegetables during lunch
- School provides a no-cost breakfast and lunch program
Decrease sweetened food and beverage consumption strategies
- Allow students to bring water and healthy food to school
- Celebrate at school without food, snacks or sugary drinks
- Provide nutrition education to families and students
Increase physical activity strategies
- School provides daily recess
- School provides 200 minutes of PE every 10 school days
- Encourage adults to organize physical activity opportunities after school
need your support to implement changes in our school environment to
address the childhood obesity crisis. Here are some things you can do
to support us:
- Support the "no cupcake, cakes, sugary drink" practice for birthdays and other celebrations at school.
- Promote physical activity after school.
only healthy snacks (e.g. fruits, vegetables, and nuts) for students
during recess and lunch and avoid sending unhealthy, high calorie, high
fat items (e.g. chips, candy, sugary drinks, etc...) to school with your
- Provide 100% water and avoid sending high calorie
beverage items (e.g. sport drinks, sodas, caffeinated beverages, etc...)
to school with your child.
- Ensure that your child is eating breakfast every day at school or home.
- Talk to your children about the importance of eating healthy and being physically active.
assist families with ideas on what to provide for their child's snack,
please use the following chart and resources for your reference.
|Unhealthy Snack Option
||Healthy Snack Alternative
|Pre-packaged lunches that include candy, sugary drink
||Whole wheat crackers, string cheese, 100% water
|Cheese type crakcers
|Any chips/Cheetos product
||Plain popcorn or pretzels
|Fast food lunch that includes sugary drink
||Home-made sandwiches, fruit & vegetable, 100% water
success for each child is our primary goal and we work to create a
healthy environment that allows children to learn and frow into the
leaders of tomorrow. By working with our community, we can ensure that
our children will be equipped to make their world a better place and
leave a positive legacy for future generations. Thank you for your
support and commitment to address the childhood obesity epidemic