School Wellness

About School Wellness

Schools are integral parts of communities and family wellness. Schools are often a parent’s first stop for basic information and resources, and students spend most of their waking hours at school, eating two and sometimes three meals there. Creating healthy environments at school is therefore a critical piece of overall family and community wellbeing. We work to create healthy school environments through a combination of policy, technical assistance to school sites, and parent education.


Building Healthy Communities:

Boyle Heights

UEPI is part of the Building Healthy Communities, a statewide initiative of the California Endowment focusing on building health equity in 14 specific communities. UEPI participates in Building Healthy Communities in the Los Angeles neighborhood of Boyle Heights, and serves as a member of the Health Happens in Schools working group. Health Happens in Schools focuses on creating healthy spaces within school campuses, and as a collaborative is pushing for the full adoption of restorative justice practices within the Los Angeles Unified School District. Our work specifically focuses on food as a health equity and social justice issue, and our activities include youth training and the establishment of food waste diversion strategies at Roosevelt High School.

Our partners:

Building Healthy Communities: Boyle Heights

Volunteers of America Los Angeles

Public Health Advocates

Project Contact:

Rosa Romero | rromero@oxy.edu


Northeast Los Angeles

Farm to School & Wellness Initiative

The Northeast Los Angeles Farm to School & Wellness Initiative (a “Champions for Change” project) is a school-based healthy eating and local food promotion program designed to reduce obesity among low-income, SNAP-Ed eligible communities in Los Angeles. This project provides direct support to K-12 school and Early Care and Education (ECE) sites in Northeast Los Angeles in implementing School Wellness policies and programs, including cafeteria improvements and school gardens, as well as creating long-term infrastructure for Farm to School procurement. The project aims to establish better practices and systems for healthy eating and local food systems at Los Angeles schools and child care settings.

Project Contact:

Rosa Romero | rromero@oxy.edu


School Wellness Resources

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