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  • Height and Weight Surveillance Project - BMI Toolkit
  • NICHQ / San Diego Weight Collaborative
  • 5210 "Healthy Habits, Healthy Communities"
  • Employee Wellness

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Nutrition and Lifestyle


Our 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.

To view the entire District Wellness Policy, click here.

District Resources

Exercise the Dream is a K-6 healthy lifestyles education 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 practices
  • Access all opportunities no matter what the obstacle
  • Motivate themselves to participate in sports and recreational activities lifelong

History of Exercise the Dream

2015-16 marks the 21st year of operation (September 1995) for the CVESD Exercise the Dream program. Approximately 125,000 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. View a motivational program video by clicking here.

CVESD Teachers: to sign-up for the CVESD Exercise the Dream field trip program, contact Heather.Cruz@cvesd.org

*This program is for Chula Vista Elementary Schools only.

CVESD Height & Weight Surveillance Project - BMI Toolkit

In 2010 and repeated in 2012 and 2014, the Chula Vista Elementary School District launched a unique project to measure the height and weight of every preschool through sixth grade student within the school district. This H&W Surveillance Project has provided valuable information and has served as a catalyst to propel our district, schools and community-at-large to address environmental and policy issues related to future city planning, access to healthy and nutritious food, availability of recreational resources and most importantly, providing a foundation to guide informed decision-making. Below you will find examples of documents created to inform, measure and report results of the Project. Just click on the PDF to view or download. For additional information contact Heather.Cruz@cvesd.org.

NICHQ and the San Diego Weight Collaborative

The Chula Vista Elementary School District is a collaborative partner in many local, state and national projects. In 2011, the National Initiative for Children's Healthcare Quality (NICHQ) Collaborate for Healthy Weight project selected the San Diego Healthy Weight Collaborative (SDHWC) made up of representatives from primary care, public health and various community agencies (including the CVESD) as one of ten teams nationwide to develop a systems approach to childhood obesity starting in the western Chula Vista community.

Partnerships and relationships developed through the collaborative process maximize time, talents, and resources of the participating organizations and benefit all (Click here to view a short SDHWC video). The CVESD is considered a community leader in the ongoing development of a systems approach to improving the health and wellness of all district students and was recently recognized as the 2012 County of San Diego Public Health Champion for the South Region.

SDHWC Partners include:

  • Scripps Mercy Family Medicine Residency
  • County of San Diego Health & Human Services Agency & Public Health Department
  • American Academy of Pediatrics, CA Chapter 3
  • San Diego County Childhood Obesity Initiative
  • Network for a Healthy California
  • University of California San Diego
  • Chula Vista Community Collaborative
  • YMCA Childcare Resource Service
  • Chula Vista Elementary School District

5210 “Healthy Habits, Healthy Communities”

5-2-1-0 messaging was adapted from 5210 Let’s Go! (Maine) and piloted first by the SDHWC team in Western Chula Vista. The message is beginning promoted and disseminated throughout San Diego County by the Childhood Obesity Initiative (COI). The campaign components include an introductory video (below), posters, brochures, fliers and other branded materials that will be provided to schools, childcare centers and healthcare facilities throughout San Diego County. Teachers, Parents, Health Care Providers, businesses and organizations are invited to download these free materials.Click here to access materials.

Employee Wellness

Community Resources

Chula Vista Community Collaborative (CVCC)

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

City of Chula Vista Recreation Department "The Heart of the Neighborhood"

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.

Boys and Girls Club of South County “A Positive Place For Kids”

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.

South Bay Family YMCA & Border View Family YMCA

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)

Chula Vista Olypmic Training Center 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 155-acre complex adjacent to Lower Otay Lake in San Diego County. The center has sport venues and support facilities for numerous Olympic sports: archery, canoe/kayak, BMX cycling, field hockey, rowing, soccer, softball, tennis, track & field and home to the newest venue beach volleyball.

The Center, which officially opened in June 1995, not only benefits thousands of Olympic hopefuls, but serves local youth and citizens nationwide.

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.

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:

  • CDC Growth Charts - Boys / Girls
  • Bright Future Nutrition Family Fact Sheets
  • English - ages 3-4, 5-7, 8-10, and 11- 20
  • Spanish - ages 3-4, 5-7, 8-10, and 11- 20
  • Body Basics, Healthy Weight for Youth
  • 5210 Healthy Lifestyle Goal Setting Worksheet
  • How many fruits and vegetables do you need? - English / Spanish
  • How to Use Fruits and Vegetables to Manage Your Weight - English / Spanish

Physical Activity

  • Coalition on Children and Weight of San Diego, Active and Healthy Tips for Families - English / Spanish
  • Healthy Kids, Healthy Families brochures - English / Spanish
  • KeepMEHealthy, Healthy Lifestyle Goal Setting Worksheet
  • 20 ways to Make Your Child Fit for Learning - English / Spanish
  • Eating Right and Being Active Are as Easy as 5,4,3,2,1,G! - English / Spanish

Community Resources

  • Coalition on Children and Weight of San Diego Resource Guide - English / Spanish
  • List of Community Clinics
  • Mobile Medical Clinic: Family Health Centers of San Diego's Kids Care Express

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