How many fruits and vegetables do I need?


Why do I need to eat fruits and vegetables? Fruits and vegetables provide us with many health benefits and nutrients that we would not be able to get otherwise. There’s no such thing as an...

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Farm To School Month: We Support California Farmers


October is Farm To School Month, when school districts around the country step up their local procurement, try in-class taste tests of different produce, and introduce new foods to school meals. Vista Unified School District...

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Celebrating VUSD Gold Winners of HealthierUS School Challenge!


Vista Academy of Visual and Performing Arts (VAPA) was a spectacle yesterday. Power Panther (the USDA mascot), 200 5th grade students, Gertrude the dairy cow, the Boys & Girls Club of Vista, and over two...

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October Harvest Of The Month Tasting Parties: Pears


Every month, Vista Unified teachers have access to fresh, locally grown fruits and vegetables for classroom taste tests. This fun activity, part of our Farm To School program, features a Harvest Of The Month based...

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Congratulations to Grapevine on the Silver Spike Award!


We’re excited to announce that the WaveCrest Cafe kitchen staff at Grapevine Elementary is the recipient of the very first Silver Spike Award! The Silver Spike Award recognizes a WaveCrest Cafe team that has forged...

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Celebrating National Food Service Workers Day at VUSD


Today we’re celebrating National Food Service Workers Day by introducing some of the hard working people who feed our students every day. Get to know your WaveCrest Cafe staff! Letha McWey, Vista High School Letha...

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Fall Farmers Markets For All Vista Elementary Schools


This fall, every Vista Unified elementary school is getting a visit from a farmers market! Hosted by Food 4 Thought (and your lovely Child Nutrition Services department), students will get to pick their own fresh,...

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Open Call for Wellness Council Site Reps!


Are you interested in supporting wellness throughout Vista Unified School District? We’re looking for anyone in the district community (staff, parents, and community members) to be part of our Wellness Council and help shape the...

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Fear Factor Food Challenge at Hannalei


Last Wednesday the students at Hannalei Elementary got a lunchtime surprise: a Fear Factor Food Challenge! The challenge is simple: try five different foods and earn a colorful sticker announcing “I survived the Fear Factor...

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A guide to USDA school nutrition guidelines


You probably know that your school cafeteria has to follow USDA guidelines for child nutrition. But do you know what those guidelines are or how they impact your school lunch choices? A recent history of...

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Summer Meals Kickoff at Boys & Girls Club of Vista


A dozen lucky kids attending summer day camp at the Boys & Girls Club of Vista helped kickoff the Summer Meals program yesterday. Hosted by Vista Unified School District and funded by the USDA, Summer...

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Alamosa Park Students are Lean and Green


Once upon a time, there was a magical kingdom called Alamosa Park Elementary. Every day, the students learned their lessons, ate their lunch, and played during recess. One day, a royal family came to the...

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April Harvest of the Month Tasting Parties: Grapefruit


School all across the district are participating in Harvest of the Month tasting parties. In April we're celebrating the grapefruit! Scroll to see photos and quotes from our students about their Harvest of the Month...

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Kindergarten Grapefruit Tasting Party at Breeze Hill Elementary


“Raise your hand if you’ve ever tasted a grapefruit before,” Darlene Wiedeman asks the 20 or so kindergarten students seated on the carpet. About half the students raise their hands high in the air. Though...

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Bok Choy Tasting Party for Harvest of the Month


If you asked the average third grader if she likes bok choy, chances are she’d ask you what bok choy is. If you asked the average third grader in room #31 at Empresa Elementary School...

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Maryland Elementary Celebrates National School Breakfast Week


Students, parents, teachers, and staff at Maryland Elementary School kicked off National School Breakfast Week 2018 this morning. Running from March 5 through March 9, National School Breakfast Week encourages everyone to “get social over...

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Four Fun Facts About California Food


It's no secret that we love to serve fresh, locally-sourced food to students. We're especially lucky that California has such an amazing abundance of healthy and great tasting things to eat! Here are a few...

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