Salud Por Vida

Program Overview
Salud Por Vida is a comprehensive program that empowers school champions (P.E. teachers, classroom teachers, principals, administrators, parents) to create active environments that enable all students to get moving, eat healthy and reach their full potential.
Children running on a track.
Let’s work together in helping our students lead active and healthy successful lives.

Goals
The “Salud Por Vida” project goals are:
  • Implement a curriculum that addresses student needs and leads to changed behavior and attitudes with regard to Health and Nutrition.
  • Provide fitness education and assessments so that students will understand, improve, or maintain their physical well-being.
  • Provide instruction in healthy eating habits and nutrition.
Participating Partners
School Districts
  • Nogales Unified School District - NUSD# 1
  • Patagonia Elementary School District
  • Santa Cruz Valley Unified School District #35 - SCVSD #35
  • Sonoita Elementary School District
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Organizations
  • Boys & Girls Club of Santa Cruz County
  • The University of Arizona Healthy Living Training Center
  • University of Arizona Cooperative Extension, Mix it Up Nutrition Ed Program
Children exercising in a small room.
Program Services
  • Before and after school programs
  • Development of School Health Advisory Committee
  • Funding for related materials and supplies
  • Participation in State and National Conferences
  • Professional development on current research-based best practices for Fitness and Nutrition Education
  • Staff health coaches at participating sites
  • Summer Youth Leadership Summit
  • Support for curriculum development state standards
Parent Quotes
“Thank you for encouraging my son to eat healthy and exercise. Now when we go to the grocery store he wants me to buy more fruits and vegetables.”

“I am so grateful that PE is back in my daughter’s school, because it is important that she understands how important it is to eat healthy and exercise.”

“Having to help my son fill out the pedometer and food log has made me more aware of trying to eat healthy and get out and exercise with my son.”

Physical & Nutrition Education Matters
Regular physical activity and a healthy diet help students succeed in school-and in life! Eating healthy and being active for 60 minutes each day has been shown to:
  • Boost academic performance
  • Improve classroom attendance and behavior
  • Increase concentration and focus
More Information
Salud Por Vida, PEP (Physical Education Program) Project is a federally funded program through the educational support services of the Santa Cruz County School Superintendent Of Schools.