Policy Clearinghouse

Everyday the food and physical activity choices people make are influenced by actions taken at the federal, state, and local levels. Policy and planning decisions set the groundwork for everything from neighborhood walkability to school food. Healthy environments are founded in healthy policies.

The seven domains of the San Diego County Childhood Obesity Initiative recognize the unique roles they can play in ensuring the healthy choice is the easy choice in all places children and families live, work, play, worship, and learn. The policy clearinghouse highlights policies in each domain that make healthy eating and physical activity options more readily available in San Diego County. To review policies in each domain area, click on the links below.

Local School Wellness Policy (LSWP): A federal requirement for school districts participating in the National School Lunch Program starting in 2007. Requires a Wellness Council to develop, implement, monitor and report on goals for Nutrition Education, Physical Education, all foods and beverages available on campus and other school-based activities designed to promote student wellness.

Find out more about your district’s Local School Wellness Policy by clicking on the appropriate district below.

School Wellness Policy Summaries

Model Policies

CSBA Wellness Policy Template
Model School Wellness Policy
Wellness Policy Summary Brochure Template
CSBA Sample Board Policy – Lactation Accommodation For Students (2016)
CSBA Sample Board Policy – Lactation Accommodation For Staff (2011)
American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network California (ACS CAN) Menu of School-Based Wellness Policy Guidelines

School District Wellness Policies

Alpine Union School District – Policy (2017)
Bonsall School District – Policy (2016)
Borrego Springs Unified School District – Policy (2017)
Cajon Valley Union School District – Policy (2017) | Brochure
Cardiff School District – Policy (2017)
Carlsbad Unified School District – Policy (2017)
Chula Vista Elementary School District – Policy (2017) | Brochure
Coronado Unified School District – Policy (2016)
Dehesa School District – Policy (2016)
Del Mar Union School District – Policy (2014)
Encinitas Union School District – Policy (2017) | Brochure
Escondido Union School District – Policy (2014)
Escondido Union High School District – Policy (2015)
Fallbrook Union Elementary School District – Policy (2016)
Fallbrook Union High School District – Policy (2013) | Plan
Grossmont Union High School District – Policy (2014)
Jamul-Dulzura School District – Policy (2011)
Julian Union Elementary School District – Policy (2012)
Julian Union High School District – Policy (2017)
La Mesa – Spring Valley School District – Policy (2017)
Lakeside Union School District – Policy (2016)
Lemon Grove School District – Policy (2013)
Mt. Empire Unified School District – Policy (2017)
National School District – Policy (2013)
Oceanside School District – Policy (2011)
Poway Unified School District – Policy (2006) | Admin. Procedure
Ramona Unified School District – Policy (2012)
San Diego County Office of Education – Policy (2016)
San Diego Unified School District – Policy (2017) | Framework
San Dieguito Union High School District – Policy (2006)
San Marcos Unified School District – Policy (2016)
San Pasqual Union School District – Policy (2012)
San Ysidro Unified School District – Policy (2014)
Santee Unified School District – Policy (2017) | Summary
Solana Beach Unified School District – Policy (2017)
South Bay Union School District – Policy (2017)
Spencer Valley School District – Policy (2016)
Sweetwater Union High School District – Policy (2017)
Vallecitos Union School District – Policy (2010)
Valley Center – Pauma Unified School District – Policy (2016)
Vista Unified School District – Policy (2010)
Warner Unified School District – Policy (2017)

San Diego County School District Wellness Policy Components

The COI Schools and After-School Domain partners work together to obtain wellness policies from school districts throughout San Diego County in order to identify examples of policy language related to 20 school wellness topics.  Below are the components which are examined, the districts that include each component, and the language used for each component.

After-School Programs
Assessing and Communicating Policy
Breakfast
Bullying 
Celebrations 
Fundraising
Gardens 
Joint Use 
Lactation Accommodation 
Local Food Sourcing 
Moderate-to-Vigorous Physical Activity (MVPA) and PE Minutes 
Oral Health
Outside Foods (Allergies, Food Safety, Food Deliveries)
Preschool Programs 
Recess and Recess Before Lunch
Safe Routes to School and Active Transportation 
Social, Emotional, and Mental Health 
Staff Wellness and Role Modeling
Sugar Sweetened Beverages 
Water Access and Safety

Joint-Use Policies

Joint Use Gardens: Building Communities, Supporting Schools
Let’s Go Local: Recommendations for Linking Locally Grown Food, School Gardens, and Joint-Use Agreements to School Wellness Policies
Cajon Valley Union School District / San Diego Soccer Association, Inc.
County of San Diego / Julian Union High School District
Farmers’ market shared between San Diego Unified School District and Mission Bay High School Alumni Association

Wellness Policy Language for Onsite Preschools

Sample Nutrition Wellness Policy Language
YMCA Sample Physical Activity Wellness Policy Language

Local governments have established numerous policies to promote healthy living in San Diego County from healthy vending and concession policies to municipal wellness policies. Click on a link below to view a policy in a specific category area.

General Plan Elements

City of San Diego (Urban agriculture in the Conservation Element)

Bicycle Master Plans

City of Carlsbad
City of Chula Vista
City of Coronado
City of El Cajon
City of Encinitas
City of Escondido
City of Imperial Beach
City of La Mesa
City of Lemon Grove
City of Oceanside
City of San Diego 
City of Santee
San Diego County
City of Solana Beach
City of Vista

Community Gardens

City of Chula Vista
City of San Diego (sale of agricultural products)
City of San Diego (zoning ordinances)

Animal Husbandry

City of San Diego (bees)
City of San Diego (chickens)
City of San Diego (goats)

Farmers Markets

City of San Diego

Healthy Vending, Concessions and Procurement

CA State Government Food Procurement Policies and Practices (2016)
A Scan of State and Local Food Procurement Policies (2016)
Healthy Food Procurement – Case Stories (2016)
City of San Diego RFS Vending (2016)
City of Chula Vista
County of San Diego
City of Lemon Grove

Wellness Policies

City of La Mesa
Sample Nutrition Wellness Policy Language

Regulations for Solicitors, Peddlers, and Interviewers

City of San Diego

Lactation Policies

County of San Diego Health and Human Services Agency (HHSA)
City of San Diego Lactation/Breastfeeding Accommodation Policy
Lactation Room Template Sign

Municipal Profiles

City of Carlsbad
City of Chula Vista
City of Coronado
City of Del Mar
City of El Cajon
City of Encinitas
City of Escondido
City of Imperial Beach
City of La Mesa
City of Lemon Grove
City of National City
City of Oceanside
City of Poway
County of San Diego
City of San Diego
City of San Marcos
City of Santee
City of Solana Beach
City of Vista

The Initiative is currently seeking policies representative of this domain area (e.g., healthy procurement policies, worksite wellness policies, healthy vending policies). To submit a policy for possible inclusion in the clearinghouse, please contact us at 858.609.7964 or email.

The Initiative is currently seeking policies in this domain area. To submit a policy for possible inclusion in the clearinghouse, please contact us at 858.609.7963 or email.

Healthy Eating and Physical Activity Policies

San Diego County Childhood Obesity Initiative Policy Template
Sample Nutrition Wellness Policy Language

Faith communities are adopting policies and practices that support healthy lifestyle changes among their members. Click on a link below to view a policy in a specific category area.

Faith-based Wellness Policies

San Diego County Childhood Obesity Initiative Policy Template
Bayview Baptist Church Food Policy
Gateway Community Church Wellness Policy

The Initiative is currently seeking policies in this domain area. To submit a policy for possible inclusion in the clearinghouse, please contact us at 858.609.7963 or email.

The Initiative is currently seeking policies in this domain area. To submit a policy for possible inclusion in the clearinghouse, please contact us at 858.609.7963 or email.