Schools and Out-of School Programs
Schools and Out-of School Programs

The Schools and After-School Domain unites schools, after-school programs, and other key stakeholders in strategies in creating healthy, active, and successful learning environments.

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About the Schools and After-School Domain:

Next meeting:

Meetings are the third Tuesday of each month from 2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. unless otherwise noted at
2-1-1, 3860 Calle Fortunada, San Diego, CA 92123 in Community Room 114.

Visit the San Diego County Childhood Obesity Initiative Calendar for a complete schedule of upcoming meetings.

Domain Champions:

Deirdre Kleske, County of San Diego
Kate McDevitt, San Diego Unified School District
Paige Metz, San Diego County Office of Education

COI Staff Contact:

Dan Fesperman, Director, San Diego County Childhood Obesity Initiative, 858.609.7982, email
Nina Ghatan, Coordinator, San Diego County Childhood Obesity Initiative, 858.609.7964, email
Lyndsey Tapia, Assistant, San Diego County Childhood Obesity Initiative, 858.609.7963, email

Domain Summary:

The Schools and After-School Domain is comprised of school staff, nurses, and food service directors; before- and after-school program specialists; physical activity experts; public health professionals; and others committed to the prevention and reduction of childhood obesity. This domain workgroup assists school staff, teachers, and administrators; after-school program specialists; and concerned residents in the promotion of healthy food environments and physical activity opportunities in schools, after-school programs, and neighborhoods. For a complete overview of the Schools and After-School Domain, click here.

Schools and After-School Domain Strategies:

The following is a partial list of strategies that aim to engage schools and after-school program providers to prevent childhood obesity. A complete list of strategies can be located in Call to Action: Childhood Obesity Prevention Action Plan.

  • Strategies for Schools:
    • Develop, implement, and regularly assess school wellness policies that meet or exceed best practices standards and incorporate topics related to coordinated school health.
    • Develop and convene active wellness councils consisting of district and school administrators, school board members, students, child nutrition, physical education, health services, families, and community-based organizations.
    • Ensure all foods and beverages sold and served in schools-including meals, a la carte, vending, school stores, classroom celebrations and fundraisers-meet or exceed federal, state, and district nutrition standards and promote healthy eating.
    • Provide regular opportunities for structured and unstructured physical activity throughout the day, including recess, activity breaks, and time outside.
  • Strategies for After-School Programs:
    • Train all program and food service staff to provide physical activity sessions, prepare healthful food options, and model positive eating and activity behaviors in all after-school settings.

For a complete list of Schools and After-School Domain strategies, please see the Call to Action: Childhood Obesity Action Plan.

Domain partners are working with schools and after-school programs to implement these strategies through the following activities:

  • Providing training, on-going communication and resources to school district wellness policy leads, wellness committees, parents, students, on-site preschools, charter schools, out-of-school providers and other community-based organizations.
  • Providing school district representatives to serve as liaisons between the domain and school districts to provide technical assistance and resources to further wellness policy implementation.
  • Advocating for school policy and environmental change with school boards and other decision-makers.
  • Supporting projects in other Initiative domains related to school wellness.


This document outlines the domain's current activities.


To date, these common ambitions and commitment to school-age children have provided domain partners with the right tools for success. Recent accomplishments include:

  • Hosted presentations on the following topics: dehydration and obesity; stress, youth and obesity; stress reduction and mindful awareness; Local Control Accountability Plans and the connection to wellness, the National School Wellness Policy, and supporting wellness in preschool.
  • Continued recognizing schools throughout San Diego County that have participated in the Healthy School Fundraising Program. There are currently 18 examples from 11 districts.
  • Updated the school wellness policy clearinghouse with current wellness policies from 41 San Diego County school districts including example policy language in 24 categories.
  • Facilitated the San Diego County Farm to School Taskforce to increase consumption of local, healthful, seasonal foods, and improve food literacy in San Diego County school districts. Hosted presentations on the following topics: district farming, San Ysidro's use of local fish through a relationship with Catalina Offshore, and farm to fork and the California Farmer's Marketplace.
  • Developed model preschool language to include in school district wellness policies and began advocating for the language inclusion for school districts with onsite preschools during wellness policy revisions (in partnership with the Early Childhood domain).

Obesity Prevention Activities for Children Age 0-5:

The following activities provide support to San Diego County children age 0-5:

  • Promoting farm to school activities in schools with sited pre-schools as a way to improve access to healthy foods and school gardens.
  • Conducting parent trainings in neighborhoods such as City Heights and Lemon Grove to increase awareness and engagement of parents in policy implementation and environmental change in their neighborhoods.

After-School Resources



After-School Physical Activity Database

This newly-enhanced database has been designed to provide after-school providers with resources that will help them engage students in the after-school program in at least 30 minutes of Moderate-to-Vigorous Physical Activity (MVPA) daily.  It also contains a directory intended to connect users with local community-based physical activity resources, and allows users to access physical activity guidelines, games for students, and physical activity curriculum.

California After-School Physical Activity Guidelines



Ten different California After School Physical Activity (CASPA) Guidelines and corresponding tips, tools, and resources to enable every after school program to provide its students with the highest quality physical activity possible.

Center for Collaborative Solutions-After School Solutions



Offers resources to help after-school providers improve their programs, including solutions to strengthen their nutrition, physical activity and food security practices

School Resources



Body Mass Index (BMI) Surveillance Kit



This tookit provides individual schools and school districts with the tools to implement and conduct a successful BMI surveillance, and help identify resources to increasing the capacity of school officials, teachers, parents and community members to address childhood obesity.

CA Competitive Food Standards Compliance Calculator


See if your school follows CA Competitive Food Standards.

California Smart Snacks in School Competitive Food Standards for Public Non-Charter Schools

This resource outlines compliant food and beverages for elementary and middle public non-charter schools.

California Smart Snacks in School Competitive Food Standards for Public Charter Schools

This resource outlines compliant food and beverages for elementary and middle public charter schools.

CATCH (Coordinated Approach to Child Health)



CATCH (Coordinated Approach To Child Health) is an evidence-based, coordinated school health program designed to promote physical activity and healthy food choices, and prevent tobacco use in children from preschool through grade 8.

CDC Healthy Schools (Healthy Students, Ready to Learn)



Provided by the CDC, this website provides a host of information and tools for teachers, parents, and students on school nutrition, physical activity, obesity prevention, management of chronic diseases in schools, and more.

Children and Families San Diego County Report Card
San Diego County Report Card on Children and Families (2015) contains most current obesity data for children 6-12 years of age in San Diego County (page 24). These data are reported by the California Department of Education.

Childhood Obesity Prevention Advocacy Tools for Physicians

These documents have been designed in collaboration with the Schools & After-school and Early Childhood domains. They are to be used as resources to assist physicians in their efforts to advocate for childhood obesity prevention.



Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA)

The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) recognizes the significant impact health and wellness have on education. As the first major overhaul of our national education law in over 15 years, ESSA transfers authority from the federal government to states, thus granting states the opportunity to develop strategies to implement ESSA in ways that support student health and wellness.

Healthy Celebrations and Snacks


Celebrating with healthy foods and non-food items demonstrates a school commitment to promoting healthy behaviors.  These resources provide school stakeholders with healthy celebration ideas for parties and other special events.

Health Champions


The Health Champions program aims to increase physical activity and healthy lifestyle behaviors as well as teach youth to become advocates for a healthy environment. The Program Guide includes lesson plans related to teambuilding, health topics and nutrition, physical activity, healthy snacks and cooking as well as advocacy.

Healthy Fundraising

Fundraising with healthy foods and non-food items demonstrates a school commitment to promoting healthy behaviors.  This resource provides school stakeholders with healthy fundraising ideas.

Incorporating Safe Routes to School into School Wellness Policies

This resource is a packet for school district wellness committees to encourage children to walk or bike to school rather than commute via bus or car. The Safe Routes to School (SRTS) activities began out of concern for children's safety during their commute to school as well a means of encouraging a greater level of physical activity among students.

This website provides information and tools for schools, community organizations, and advocates interested in increasing physical activity opportunities through joint-use policies that allow public and private agencies and schools to share indoor and outdoor spaces.

Lean And Green Kids This website provides nutrition education programs and resources as well as healthy eating recipes for children 1-12 grades.

Let's Go Local: Recommendations for Linking Locally Grown Food, School Gardens, and Joint-Use Agreements to School Wellness Policies

This resource was developed to help districts more readily integrate wellness into core activities for a more holistic and sustainable approach to school wellness.  These recommendations specifically promote policy language that supports local purchasing, farm-to-school activities, school gardens, and joint-use agreements.

Oral Health Assessment Strategies


When children have healthy teeth and healthy bodies, they do better in school and miss fewer school days.  The Dental Health Initiative of San Diego offers templates for schools to support them in disseminating information on oral health assessments.

Operation Fitkids Curriculum American Council on Exercise provides a free youth fitness curriculum for grades 3-8.

Parents in Action: a Guide to Engaging Parents in Local School Wellness Policy



This toolkit provides resources and tools that will help school stakeholders engage parents in Local School Wellness Policy (LSWP) implementation, monitoring, and evaluation.

Physical Activity and Academics This fact sheet shares data on the benefits of physical activity on academic achievement including concentration, test scores, and reduced disruptive behaviors.

Safe Routes to School / Transportation

The Active Transportation Resource Center (ATRC) offers a variety of free resources to help grow Safe Routes to School and Active Transportation programs in your community.

School-Based Physical Activity and Academic Performance

This CDC resource provides scientific evidence of the countless health benefits associated with engaging in at least 60 minutes of physical activity per day. Studies examining the relationship between school-based physical activity and academic performance have been synthesized in this report to demonstrate the improvement of cognitive skills, attitudes, and academic achievements in physically active students.
School Nutrition Toolkit This toolkit helps schools teach healthy eating habits to students and provides resources to help provide nutritious, sustainable food. It contains practical, online resources related to curriculum, operations, policy, research and service, including topics like nutrition education, how to set up a school salad bar, getting started with schoolyard gardens, and more.
"Tools for Schools" Toolkit The purpose of this toolkit is to help equip schools and school districts with best practice tools to create a healthier school enviroment for all students.

Guide to Starting School Produce Stands



School-based produce stands are increasingly popular solutions to food deserts in underserved and low-income neighborhoods. This ChangeLab Solutions resource details the legal and logistical steps necessary to start a school-based produced stand at a California school.

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Quick Facts

  • If today‚Äôs current trend continues, it is anticipated that 1 in 3 children born in the US after the year 2000 will develop type 2 diabetes (American Diabetes Association, 2009).
  • More children are being diagnosed with diseases linked to overweight and obesity previously seen only in adults, such as Type 2 diabetes and heart disease (The Obesity Society, 2009).
  • In 2006 alone, overweight; obesity; and physical inactivity cost California $41 billion in healthcare and productivity loss

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