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It's hard to imagine a more beautiful spot for an early fall lunch than the Alisal Guest Ranch.

School Wellness Summit Part 4: An Environment for Innovation, Experimentation, and Sharing

After lunch – and you really don’t want to miss lunch at an event designed and managed by four professional chefs – attendees of the 2014 School Wellness Summit selected discussion tables to learn more Read more

Lompoc Unified School District Superintendent Trevor McDonald introduces the panel on Wellness and Student Achievement.

School Wellness Summit Part 3: What Hill Are We Willing To Die On?

During the second panel of the 2014 School Wellness Summit, a Superintendent, an Assistant Superintendent, and two Principals discussed the impact of wellness policies on student achievement. Trevor McDonald, Superintendent of Lompoc Unified School District, Read more


Schools to Focus on Health and Wellness of Students, Staff, and Families as Basic Conditions of Learning

Workplace wellness is gaining traction in the US, and many school districts now recognize that the benefits accrue to school communities as well. In recent years, Santa Barbara County schools have made great strides toward becoming Read more

Oak Valley Elementary School Principal Rob Bergan and fifth graders.

How Logical is Recess Before Lunch?

By Dean Zatkowsky “You wouldn’t eat a big meal and then go straight to the gym, would you?” I thought it was a trick question; that she was trying to get me to admit that Read more

Recess Before Lunch Improves Student Health and Behavior

At Los Olivos School in the Santa Ynez Valley, grades 1-5 participate in Recess before Lunch. After learning about the health and education benefits of eating after – rather than before – play, the school Read more

State Superintendent of Public Instruction Endorses Recess Before Lunch to Ensure Students have Enough Time to Eat

In a letter dated January 25, 2013, State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson urged school leaders to ensure students have enough time to eat. In an addendum to the letter, the Superintendent offered suggestions Read more