Eat The Rainbow! Colorful Winter Recipes


Candy companies might want you to merely, "taste the rainbow," but we encourage you to eat it up and make your plate colorful year round. There are so many options to make colorful meals that...

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Vista Academy Jog-a-thon Promotes Wellness, Nutrition


On Friday, November 18th, Vista Academy (Of Visual and Performing Arts) hosted a fall Jog-a-thon for the entire school, encouraging students and staff alike to develop healthy lifestyle habits and raise awareness of wellness and nutrition....

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10 Tips For Healthy Snacking


Snack time can be challenging, particularly when ripping open a bag seems easier than food prep. But thanks to our friends at the USDA and their MyPlate website, we've got 10 tips to help you...

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We Have Winners! Survey Contest Winners Announced


WE HAVE WINNERS! We are thrilled to announce that Monte Vista Elementary and Rancho Minerva Middle School are the winners of our WaveCrest Cafe Nutrition Service Survey contest. While we’d initially said that we’d award...

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Breakfast & Academic Performance


They say that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, and it's a good thing to regularly remind ourselves of why that is. In a 2011 article titled, How Does Healthy Eating Affect...

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Bobier Selected by UCSD For Wellness Program


[caption id="attachment_1297" align="alignleft" width="236"] Amy Haessly, Vista Unified nutrition education and training supervisor, going over food labels with a third grade class.[/caption] Bobier Elementary was recently selected by the UCSD School of Medicine as one of six...

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O’Side Turkey Trot Coming Nov. 24th


The 11th annual PMCU Turkey Trot makes its way to Oceanside on Thanksgiving Day, November 24th. This 10k/5k run/walk has become a popular event in North County, with thousands participating each year from more than 40...

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What Should My Plate Look Like?


Do you ever get bogged down by all of the information about food and you just want a simple image to make sense of it? Well you're in luck, because the USDA has come up...

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October Newsletter


Our October newsletter is here! Click here: October 2016 and you'll be reading it in no time. This is a PDF version of our monthly email newsletter, with updates on menu items, Harvest Of The Month, and much...

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2 Breakfasts Better Than None?


A recent study published in the journal Pediatric Obesity suggests that students who eat one or even two breakfasts on a regular basis are less likely to develop childhood obesity. According to the study, "Weight...

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What Healthy Meals Look Like


A picture is worth a thousand words. And since we've combined two pictures here, you're really getting your money's worth! We wanted to share a helpful infographics guide to the components of healthy meals, particularly the...

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We’ve Got Games!


Our friends at the USDA have just released a slew of new resources for families to talk about nutrition and the MyPlate guidelines for building healthy meals. Among those are games that can be used...

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Choices Every Day!


How many choices for lunch do you think the average student has on a daily basis? Two? Three? Four? We ask that question a lot, and the answer often surprises students, parents and teachers alike....

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Summer Lunch Menus & Locations


Summer is here, and thanks to the USDA, Vista Unified School District and some community partners, WaveCrest Cafe is offering free lunches to children up through the age of 18 at close to 20 locations...

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WaveCrest Cafe Celebrates Lunch Lady Hero Day!


The first Friday of May each year is designated as Lunch Lady Hero Day. This is the 2nd straight year that WaveCrest Cafe has celebrated. The day was inspired by author Jarret J. Krosoczka’s Lunch...

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Harvest Of The Month Spotlight: Beaumont Elementary


CA Dept. of Public Health group, alongside WaveCrest Cafe's Amy Haessly (3rd from right) and Beaumont Lead Deanna Wilson (2nd from left), at Beaumont Elementary School. We're happy to share this story about our Harvest...

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Our Farm To School Plan – Finalized!


Over a year ago, Amy Haessly, our Nutrition Education and Training Supervisor, who is also a Registered Dietitian, began a process with technical assistance from CHIP (Community Health Improvement Partners) to develop a comprehensive 3-year Farm To School Plan (click...

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WaveCrest Cafe In The News! CW-6; Coast News and LiveWell SD


WaveCrest Cafe's recent launch of the California Thursdays initiative was well-covered by area media. The CW-6 morning news team visited Roosevelt Middle School where they visited with Principal Elise Ochenduszko, Cafeteria Lead Betsy Montes and...

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California Thursdays Comes To Vista & San Diego!


On Thursday, March 17th, WaveCrest Cafe, the Nutrition Services department of Vista Unified School District, joins a network of 12 San Diego County school districts to launch California Thursdays. The statewide effort includes 58 districts...

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WaveCrest team featured in UCSD Harvest Of The Month Video


This week, two of our WaveCrest Cafe community members were featured in a new video about the popular and successful Harvest Of The Month Program. Foothill Oak Elementary school's WaveCrest lead, Dania Velarde, and 2nd...

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Introducing Kitchen Skills University


We’re thrilled to introduce a new video series to give you some helpful tips for making your life easier (and more fun) in the kitchen. It’s called Kitchen Skills University. We’ll be posting updates on...

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Strawberry Festival Race Registration Open


May 29th, 2016 is the date for the annual Vista Strawberry Festival Run, and VUSD students are once again offered half-price registration fees through a partnership with the Vista Chamber of Commerce. The run includes...

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Salad Bar Tips From the Beaumont Bears


Video: Salad Bar Tips From the Beaumont Bears

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Alamosa Park Champion Recognition


Alamosa Park Elementary was recognized by the San Diego County Childhood Obesity Initiative and Community Health Improvement Partners for it's healthy fundraising. The biannual Alamosa Hawk Run fundraiser, scheduled during Healthy Hawk Week, provides funds for playground...

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