The Tustin Unified School District has developed a Wellness Policy that is focused on improving the health of students. The policy was developed with a health and wellness advisory council that includes teachers, parents, students, administrators, guidance counselors and the school nurse. Loma Vista endorses this policy.
Sharing the Message of WellnessOne of our goals is to share the message of nutrition and wellness via the TUSD Nutrition Services web site that emphasizes the importance of nutrition AND fitness. The site provides information on nutrition and fitness for teachers, parents, and students, as well as a variety of learning tools.
Key Areas of our Wellness Policy
- Nutrition Education
- Physical activity
- Other school-based activities that are designed to promote student wellness.
- Involvement of parents, students, representatives of school food service, the school board, school administrators and the community in the development of the school wellness policy.
- Goals for nutrition education, physical activity and other school-based activities designed to promote student wellness.
- Nutritional guidelines for all food available on each school campus during the school day.
- Assurance that guidelines for reimbursable meals will not be less restrictive than federal regulation and guidance issued by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA)
- A plan for measuring the implementation of the local wellness policy and designation of one or more persons in the district or at each school to oversee the implementation of the adopted wellness policy.
Wellness in the Works
Does the Tustin Unified School District have a Wellness Policy?
Yes! The district adopted a Wellness Policy in 2006. The policy applies to every school in the district. The policy assists schools in improving the health of students by promoting physical activity and access to nutritious foods.
Why is wellness important at school?
We know that healthy students learn better. Research has shown a strong link between student health and learning. Increased physical activity and healthy eating habits help students stay focused in school and can reduce and prevent overweight and obesity.
There are many ways you can help support the policy.
- Show support for the policy. Spread the word and incorporate the ideas into your home life.
- Fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grains, milk and 100% juice drinks are encouraged on campus. Candy, cupcakes, and sugary beverages are to be avoided during school hours (PLEASE do not send these to school, even for holidays and birthdays).
- Volunteer in your child’s classroom or in the school garden.
- Praise your child for their healthy choices. Ask what they chose from the salad bar at lunch. Ask what they did during recess and PE class.
- Be sure your child eats breakfast every day.
- Be a healthy role model. You can positively impact your child’s eating and physical activity habits by modeling healthy behaviors.
What if I want to do more?
Become a representative for your school site Wellness Team. Volunteer to be on the District’s Wellness Commitee by contacting the district’s wellness lead, Teresa Squibb, at email@example.com or call 714-730-7301 x396.