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Wellness Goals & Guidelines

The five areas required in this plan are:

  • Goals for nutrition education

  • Goals for physical activity

  • Goals for all foods available on school campus during the school day

  • Guidelines for reimbursable school meals

  • Monitoring of wellness plan

  1. Nutrition Education Goals

    • Implement nutrition education from kindergarten through secondary school.
    • All instructional staff (K-12) are directed to integrate positive health promotion themes into daily lessons when appropriate and are encouraged to teach by modeling. The benefits of good health and physical activity will be emphasized.
    • Provide families with information to encourage them to teach their children about health and nutrition.
  2. Physical Activity Goals

    • A comprehensive physical activity program will encompass a variety of opportunities for all students to be physically active including: physical education, recess, after school physical activity programs, and health education that includes an emphasis on the benefits of physical activity as a main component.
    • It is recommended that school provide brief activity breaks in the classroom throughout the school day within regular classrooms to enhance student focus and attention.
    • Denial of recess or physical education/physical activity should be avoided if possible as a discipline strategy unless the child/student’s behavior constitutes health or safety concerns.
  3. Nutrition Guidelines for Foods Available in School During the School Day

    • Students will be offered and schools will promote nutritious food and beverage choices consistent with current Dietary Guidelines for Americans and Food Guidance System published jointly by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the Department of Agriculture.
    • Nutritional information will be made available for all regularly served foods available on each school campus in the district during the school day, with the objective of promoting student health and reducing obesity.
    1. Ala Carte, Vending Machines, and other Food Sales

      • Effective September 2006 and in accordance with the federal initiative toward healthier children and adolescents, food and beverage sold and served during the school day and at before and after school activities shall gradually move toward a goal of healthier food and beverages. The phase-in will also include movement toward serving less foods of minimal nutritional value.
      • A 2009-2010 goal is for the Middle Schools and the High School to move toward nutritionally sound ala carte servings.
      • Vending machines will be turned off during lunch periods.
      • Vending products will have more nutritional value.
      • Bake sales are not allowed during the school day.
      • Foods for fundraisers must come from approved list of foods and move toward a goal of healthier foods and beverages.  Items for sale during school hours must be nut-free.
    2. Teacher-to-Student Incentive/Rewards

      • Food is no longer to be used as an incentive or reward.
    3. Foods Brought Into School from Home for Lunch

      • Individual lunches may include whatever parents would like to pack, but parents are encouraged to only send food items that will make positive contributions to children’s diet and health.
      • At the elementary level, there will be no sharing of foods (i.e. snacks or fast food items) at lunch time.
    4. Foods Brought to School for Celebrations

      • Birthday treats are to be non-consumable (i.e. pencils, stickers, etc).
      • Classroom parties should be organized with nutrition in mind.
      • Water bottles are encouraged as beverages.
  4. Guidelines for Reimbursable School Meals

    • Guidelines for reimbursable school meals will meet the nutrition requirements and regulations for the National School Lunch Program and/or School Breakfast Program.
  5. Monitoring of Wellness Plan

    • The local school wellness policy committee will be responsible for ensuring that each school meets the local wellness policy and will implement a plan for measuring the effectiveness of the wellness policy.
    • There will be parent, faculty, staff and student input when conducting an annual review of the district’s health plan aimed at compliance with the district policy.

 

 
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