Our District has developed a Wellness Policy that is focused on improving the health of students. The policy was developed by the Health and Wellness Advisory Council, which includes teachers, parents, administrators, and the district nurse.
Sharing the Message of Wellness
One of our goals is to share the message of nutrition and wellness via our department's website, which emphasizes the importance of nutrition AND fitness. Our site provides information on nutrition and fitness for teachers, parents, and students, as well as, a variety of learning tools.
Key Areas of Our Wellness Policy
Balance is essential for any Wellness Policy. Key areas include:
- Nutrition Education
- Physical activity
- Other school-based activities are designed to promote student wellness.
Legal Background for Wellness Policy
The reauthorization of the federal Child Nutrition and Women, Infants, and Children Act of 2004 requires each school district participating in the Nation School Lunch Program (42 USC 1751-1769) or the Child Nutrition Act of 1996 (42 USC 1771 - 1791) to adopt and implement a Wellness Policy. The specific areas to be covered include:
- Goals for nutrition education, physical activity, and other school-based activities are designed to promote student wellness in an appropriate manner as determined by the district.
- With the objectives of promoting student health and reducing childhood obesity, we develop nutrition guidelines for all foods available on each school campus.
- Guidelines for reimbursable meals will not be less restrictive than federal regulations and guidance issued pursuant to 42 USC 1758(f)(1), 1766(a), and (b), as they apply to schools.
- A plan for measuring implementation and adherence to the wellness policy.
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