Nutrition Education

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In order to support nutrition education,

Schools Can...

  • Integrate nutrition education materials into core academic subjects and through before-and after-school programs
  • Encourage children to stay hydrated by drinking water throughout the day. Celebrate ReThink Your Drink (RYD) Day in May.
  • Provide time for moderate to vigorous physical activity during P.E. and encourage students to “be active” during recess breaks
  • Encourage students to eat all fruits and vegetables and drink their milk during lunch, and promote healthy snacks. Host a Healthy Snack Day in September.
  • Celebrate classroom and student achievements by going out and playing a game! Incorporate healthy and active parties.

*Attention School Staff, please review the Strategy/Recommendations List and Action Plan for more resources and detailed information on how to utilize them*

Visit ReThink Your Drink Day Website for resources and more information:

Visit the Healthy Snack Day Website for resources and more information:

Parents Can...

  • Encourage eating a healthy breakfast…it’s the most important meal of the day!
  • Read nutrition labels with your child.
  • Substitute water for sodas and other sugary beverages (e.g., sports drinks, fruit drinks, sweetened water).
  • Offer more water, 1% or nonfat milk, and 100% fruit juice as beverage options.
  • Reduce eating at fast food restaurants
  • Plan and participate in fun, physical, family activities with your child like walking or biking to school
  • Limit TV/computer/video time or...... get up and exercise during the commercials!

We All Can...

  • Be a good role model; eat healthily and exercise on a daily basis!
  • Know your food or beverage "serving size" versus portion amount!
  • Turn off the TV, computer or telephone and get up and move!

Child Nutrition Services

The Chula Vista Elementary School District takes part in the National School Breakfast and Lunch Programs. Meals are served every school day. Please refer to Child Nutrition Services webpage for current pricing.

Child Nutrition Services follows the "Offer vs. Serve" program as stipulated by the National School Breakfast and Lunch Program. Breakfast and Lunch are served at all sites. Students are offered three entree choices at lunch and breakfast. Each site has a complete salad bar that consists of salad, fruit, and vegetables, and their choice of low-fat milk or non-fat milk. Child Nutrition Services serves meals at elementary school sites, including preschool programs and in all after-school snack programs at qualified sites.

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Website Resources

National School Lunch Program (NSLP)

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

U.S. Dept. of Health & Human Services - U.S. Food and Drug Administration

USDA Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion

  • USDA Team Nutrition - Team Nutrition is part of the USDA’s efforts to provide information and nutrition education to schools focusing on nutrition and physical activity. Great Activity resources for teachers and parents!

Project LEAN (Leaders Encouraging Activity and Nutrition)

  • School Food Standards Calculator - These Food Standards Calculators will determine if an individual food item would meet the food standards for calories, fat, saturated fat, and sugar established by California’s legislation (SB 12). There are separate calculators for elementary versus middle/high school

Dairy Council of California (

Provides a variety of grade level curriculum materials for educators as well as numerous resources for parents and after-school providers

San Diego County Childhood Obesity Initiative (

Additional Resources

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