logo: Chula Vista Elementary School District

With Hanover, we had the information to prove this need for wellness, which helped us implement the Healthy Eating Active Communities program. It rose to a level of success which we might not have achieved otherwise. Hanover’s report helped parents understand that we did our due diligence as a district. As we share our Wellness Program with other districts and agencies in the area, we use Hanover’s research when explaining our process.

— Jeffrey J. Thiel, Ed.D. Executive Director, School Operations and Communication

Objective: 

Reduce childhood obesity

When the Height and Weight Surveillance Project reported that 40% of the student body was overweight or obese, Chula Vista Elementary School District opted to initiate wellness policies to address health concerns for its students.

The district requested Hanover’s assistance to inform their efforts in launching a new wellness initiative to infuse healthy habits into their student population and track program progress.

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Approach: 

Create a comprehensive, data-enforced wellness policy

Through a combination of best practice strategies and student body mass index (BMI) data analysis, Hanover’s research solutions enabled our partner to:

Chula Case study

Outcome: 

Widespread recognition of healthy student policies

Since the program’s launch, Chula Vista has gained state and national recognition as the first Live Well, San Diego! school district in the county.

District administrators have presented these outcomes in state-wide forums.

Notably, parents and teachers alike have commented on the change in student dialogue and behavior surrounding their health habits, recognizing the link between student health and learning.

County gives honor to Chula Vista district for wellness efforts
U-T San Diego publishes article on Chula Vista’s Live Well, San Diego! accomplishment
http://www.utsandiego.com/news/2013/apr/25/tp-schools-get-health-award/

Hanover Research