Health and Wellness » Overview


Academic success for each child is our primary goal and we work to create a healthy environment that allows children to learn and grow 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.  
Schools 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.

Experts agree that the causes of childhood overweight are multidimensional. To address this, The Lemon Grove School District has strategies for change at the individual, environmental, and policy levels.

Increase fruit and vegetable consumption strategies
  • School provides fresh fruits and vegetables during lunch

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

We need your support to implement changes in our school environment. 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.
  • Provide 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 child.
  • 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.

To 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
Sugary drinks 100% Water
Pre-packaged lunches that include candy, sugary drink Whole wheat crackers, string cheese,100% water
Pudding packs Yogurt
Cheese type crackers Vegetables
Fruit-flavored snacks Whole fruit
Candy String cheese
Any chips/Cheetos product Plain popcorn or pretzels
Soda/sports drinks 100% Water
Cookies/cupcakes Trail mix
Fast food lunch that includes sugary drink Home-made sandwiches, fruit & vegetable, 100% water

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