The District is fully committed to supporting school environments that promote student wellness, proper nutrition education, and regular physical activity. To accomplish this, our mission is to share the “wellness” message through our Wellness web site with teachers, parents, students and the larger community. Our goal is to provide you with a brief description of each program and links to various district and community resources.
Exercise the Dream is a multi-year physical activity program that
encourages students to;
- Dream of the possibilities using the inspirational power of the Olympics
- Respect the principles of Olympism which can positively affect all areas
of their lives
- Energize their lives by establishing early fitness and healthy lifestyle
- Access all opportunities no matter what the obstacle and
- Motivate themselves to participate in sports and recreational activities lifelong.
2009-10 marks the fifteenth year of operation (September 1995) for the CVESDs’ Exercise the Dream program. Approximately 110,000 CVESD students have participated in various programs at the U.S. Olympic Training Center, Chula Vista. Since the addition of the classroom in 2005, the program’s focus has shifted to teaching students how to make healthy lifestyle choices. Curriculum is designed to meet various K-6th grade content standards in multiple subject areas, and instruction is tailored to be age/grade appropriate for understanding.
The Chula Vista Elementary School District has been involved in a ground breaking six-year project entitled Healthy Eating, Active Communities (HEAC), funded by The California Endowment. The project targeted six communities statewide, including western Chula Vista; impacting 13 of our CVESD schools.
The goal of the project is to show how communities working together can reshape the food and physical activity environment to improve children's health. Our partners included Sweetwater Union High School District, San Diego County Health and Human Services Agency- South Region, Chula Vista Community Collaborative, the City of Chula Vista, Walk San Diego, Environmental Health Coalition, Regional Nutrition Network, San Diego County Coalition on Children and Weight and Obesity Prevention Master Plan, Area Health Education Committee, South Bay Family YMCA, local resident leaders, and local and state policymakers.
Key Areas of Focus for CVESD
- Communicate District Wellness Policy guidelines to all staff and parents, i.e. brochures, flyers, meetings, and Wellness website.
- Expand relationships between Child Nutrition Services, Schools, Wellness Committee, Parent Organizations, and parents to enhance nutrition & health communication through district quarterly advisory meetings.
- Provide resources and support to schools to improve nutrition and physical activity environments- including the use of observational tools and evaluation, physical education curriculum and instruction training to staff, parent informational meetings and nutrition education training for students.
- Identify menu of nutrition and physical activity topic areas for Wellness committee to research, report, and develop into short, informational messages to parents for principals to use in school newsletters and/or school websites.
- Develop and maintain a district Wellness webpage that provides parents, staff and/or community members a source of current information related to new or updated policies, and highlights schools and/or district activities supporting healthy lifestyle education and practices.
For more information on Chula Vista’s role in the project and/or the successes and challenges statewide, go to Healthy Communities, Healthy Eating website.
American Heart Association – Worksite wellness programs are a proven strategy to prevent the major risk factors for cardiovascular disease, according to a policy statement in Circulation: Journal of the American Heart Association. Programs can help increase worker productivity, reduce absenteeism, lower turnover rates and reduce healthcare costs. Check-out the AHA’s Start!
The Chula Vista Community Collaborative (CVCC) draws together all sectors of the local community to develop and coordinate strategies and systems that protect the health and safety of residents; increase economic resources, promote local leadership, enhance the environment; and contribute to the celebration of and respect for, cultural diversity.
The CVCC is the umbrella organization for a variety of programs and committees. The most notable infrastructure of the CVCC is the network of Family Resource Centers that have been created and sustained by a collective community effort.
Family Resource Centers offer a full range of family support services for the community of Chula Vista;
- Family advocacy
- Parenting classes
- Support groups
- Health insurance enrollment assistance (0-18)
- Employment preparation and search
- Emergency food and clothing
- Linking to extracurricular activities
- Referrals for counseling
- Pregnant/parenting teen support
- Volunteer/community service learning opportunities
- Information and referral to other agencies
- Paperwork assistance (limited/case by case)
- Adult education classes with free childcare
- Food Stamp screening assistance
- Energy assistance
- Kinship services
The Recreation Department is dedicated to enhancing the quality of life for the residents of
Chula Vista by providing diverse recreational, social, educational, and cultural programs. “We
enrich our community through recreational opportunities and services” by providing a citywide
system of swimming pools, community centers, gymnasiums, a senior center, sports fields,
and a myriad of special events. Our vision is a community that achieves learning, self-discovery,
balance, and essential life skills through recreation.
The Boys & Girls Club of Chula Vista has merge with the Imperial Beach program to become the Boys and Girls Club of South County. The clubs offer a variety of programs and services designed to meet the needs of young people in the community. The programs and activities strive to provide "fun with a purpose." They address issues that affect today's youth and give them the tools needed to face the daily challenges of growing up. Club members participating in our programs build confidence, gain useful skills, and most importantly, enjoy themselves on a daily basis.
Both YMCA programs provide childcare services and after school programs to CVESD students. Visit their websites to see which CVESD schools have childcare and/or after school programs, and additional services offered.
Chula Vista Olympic Training Center (CVOTC)
The U.S. Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista is the first USOC training facility to be master-planned from the ground up and is dedicated to the development of America's future Olympic athletes.
The Training Center rests on a 150-acre complex adjacent to Lower Otay Lake in San Diego County. The center has sport venues and support facilities for nine Olympic sports: archery, canoe/kayak, cycling (home to the newest event/venue BMX), field hockey, rowing, soccer, softball, tennis, and track & field.
The Center, which officially opened in June 1995, not only benefits thousands of Olympic hopefuls, but serves local youth and citizens nationwide. The Training Center has been designed to accommodate thousands of daily visitors with escorted tours of our nation's state-of-the-art national Training Center at no charge.
The Chula Vista Elementary School District has had a unique partnership with the CVOTC, with a community classroom on the training center site. Since September of 1995, thousands of CVESD students have visited and participated in the District’s Exercise the Dream program emphasizing healthy lifestyles.
For more information on the Chula Vista Olympic Training Center, directions, tours and events.
For more information on the Districts’ Exercise the Dream program
Other Community Resources
“Toolkit for Healthy Living” was created through the efforts of the Scripps Family Medicine Residency Program and the Healthy Eating, Active Communities grant. The Toolkit features many “teacher and parent friendly” resources and downloadable (PDF) informational items in both English and Spanish to serve the Chula Vista Community. The following topics are available.
Family Health and Nutrition:
Recipes and Menus