To implement the Wellness Policy, the following district specific goals have been established:
Goal 1 – Nutrition Education and Promotion: Schools will provide nutrition education and engage in nutrition promotions that help students develop lifelong healthy eating behaviors. The goal(s) for addressing nutrition education and nutrition promotion include the following
- Nutrition guidelines that require the use of products that are whole grain, low in saturated fats, zero trans fat, moderate in sugar and sodium, and served in appropriate portion sizes consistent with USDA standards shall be established for all foods offered by the district’s Nutrition Services Department or contracted vendors. Menu and product selection shall utilize student, parent, staff and community advisory groups whenever possible.
- Nutrition services policies and guidelines for reimbursable meals shall not be less restrictive than federal and state regulations require.
- A la carte offerings to students shall be nutritious and meet United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Smart Snacks in Schools nutrition standards and guidelines.
- School nutrition services will provide a list of acceptable ideas to teachers for fundraising activities and classroom celebrations.
- The school district discourages students from sharing their foods or beverages with one another during meal or snack times, given concerns about allergies and dietary restrictions.
- Provides staff development programs and training for nutrition staff meeting the USDA professional standards for child nutrition professionals.
Goal 2 – Physical Activity: Schools will provide students and staff with age and grade appropriate opportunities to engage in physical activity that meet federal and state guidelines, including the Iowa Healthy Kids Act. The goal(s) for addressing physical activity include the following
- Develop a comprehensive, school-based physical activity program (CSPAP), that includes the following components:
- Physical education, recess;
- Classroom-based physical activity;
- Walk to school; and
- Out of school time activities;
- Physical education includes students with disabilities, students with special healthcare needs may be provided in alternative educational settings.
- Promote the benefits of a physically active lifestyle and help students develop skills to engage in lifelong healthy habits;
- Engage students in moderate to vigorous activity during at least 50 percent of physical education class time;
- Encourage classroom teachers to provide short physical activity breaks (3-5 minutes), as appropriate;
- Offer classroom health education that complements physical education by reinforcing the knowledge and self-management skills needed to maintain a physically active lifestyle;
- Ensure physical activity is not used for or withheld as a punishment;
- Afford elementary students with recess according to the following:
- Outdoors as weather and time permits;
- Encourages moderate to vigorous physical activity
Goal 3 – Other School-Based Activities that Promote Student Wellness: Schools will support student, staff, and parents’ efforts to maintain a healthy lifestyle, as appropriate. The goal(s) for addressing other school-based activities that promote student wellness include the following
- Engage students, through taste-tests of new school meal items and surveys to identify new, healthful, and appealing food choices;
- Permit students to bring and carry clear water bottles filled with water throughout the day;
- Make drinking water available where school meals are served during mealtimes;
- Encourage fundraising efforts held outside school hours to sell only non-food items, promote physical activity, or include foods and beverages that meet or exceed the Smart Snacks nutrition standards;
- Strive to provide students with at least 10 minutes to eat after sitting down for breakfast and 20 minutes after sitting down for lunch;
- Encourage parents/guardians to eat school meals with their student(s).
Public Involvement: There is a process for permitting parents, students, representatives of the school food authority, teachers of physical education, school health professionals, the school board, administrators and the public to participate in the development, implementation, and periodic review and update of the policy.
- The district has a local wellness policy committee to advise the district on the development, implementation, and improvement of the school wellness policy
Approved 06/19/2017 Reviewed Revised