• 8510 - WELLNESS

    As required by law, the Board of Education establishes the following wellness policy for the District.

    The Board recognizes that good nutrition and regular physical activity affect the health and well-being of the
    District's students. Furthermore, research concludes that there is a positive correlation between a student's
    health and well-being and his/her ability to learn. Moreover, schools can play an important role in the
    developmental process by which students establish their health and nutrition habits by providing nutritious
    meals and snacks through the schools' meal programs, by supporting the development of good eating
    habits, and by promoting increased physical activity both in and out of school.

    The Board, however, believes this effort to support the students' development of healthy behaviors and
    habits with regard to eating and exercise cannot be accomplished by the schools alone. It will be necessary
    for not only the staff, but also parents and the public at large to be involved in a community-wide effort to
    promote, support, and model such healthy behaviors and habits.

    The Board sets the following goals in an effort to enable students to establish good health and nutrition


    A. With regard to nutrition education, the District shall:

    1. Nutrition education shall be included in the Health curriculum so that instruction is
    sequential and standards-based and provides students with the knowledge, attitudes, and
    skills necessary to lead healthy lives.

    2. Nutrition education standards and benchmarks shall be age-appropriate and culturally



    B. With regard to physical activity, the District shall:
    1. Physical Education

    a. A sequential, comprehensive physical education program shall be provided for
    students in K-12 in accordance with the standards and benchmarks established by
    the State.

    b. The physical education curriculum shall provide sequential instruction related to the

    knowledge, attitudes, and skills necessary to participate in lifelong, health-
    enhancing physical activity.


    2. Physical Activity

    Physical activity shall not be employed as a form of discipline or punishment.




    C. With regard to other school-based activities the District shall:

    1. The schools shall schedule mealtimes so there is minimum disruption by bus schedules,
    recess, and other special programs or events.

    2. The school shall provide attractive, clean environments in which the students eat.

    3. Activities, such as tutoring or club meetings, shall not be scheduled during mealtimes,
    unless students may eat during those meetings.

    4. Schools in our system utilize electronic identification and payment systems, therefore,
    eliminating any stigma or identification of students eligible to receive free and/or reduced



    D. With regard to nutrition promotion, any foods and beverages marketed or promoted to students on
    the school campus, during the school day, will meet or exceed the USDA Smart Snacks in School
    nutrition standards.

    E. All food and beverages that are provided, other than through sale, on the school campus during the
    school day shall comply with the current USDA Dietary Guidelines for Americans.

    Furthermore, with the objectives of enhancing student health and well being, and reducing childhood
    obesity, the following guidelines are established:

    A. In accordance with Policy 8500, entitled Food Service, the food service program shall comply with
    Federal and State regulations pertaining to the selection, preparation, consumption, and disposal of
    food and beverages as well as to the fiscal management of the program.

    B. As set forth in Policy 8531, entitled Free and Reduced Price Meals, the guidelines for reimbursable
    school meals are not less restrictive than the guidelines issued by the U.S. Department of
    Agriculture (USDA).

    C. The food service program will strive to be financially self-supporting; however, if it is necessary to
    subsidize the operation, it will not be through the sale of foods with minimal nutritious value.

    D. The food service program will provide all students affordable access to the varied and nutritious
    foods they need to be healthy and to learn well.

    E. All foods available to students in the dining area during school food service hours shall comply with
    the current USDA Dietary Guidelines for Americans, including competitive foods available to student
    a la carte or from vending machines.

    F. The food service program shall be administered by a director who is properly qualified, certificated,
    licensed, or credentialed, according to current professional standards.

    G. All food service personnel shall receive pre-service training in food service operations.
    The Board designates the Superintendent as the individuals charged with operational responsibility for
    verifying that the District meets the goals established in this policy.

    The Superintendent shall appoint a District wellness committee that meets at least four (4) times per year
    and includes parents, students, representatives of the school food authority, educational staff (including
    health and physical education teachers), mental health and social services staff, school health professionals,
    members of the public and school administrators to oversee development, implementation, evaluation and
    periodic update of the wellness policy. The Wellness Committee shall be an ad hoc committee with members
    recruited and chosen annually.

    The Wellness Committee shall be responsible for:
    A. assessment of the current school environment;
    B. review of the District’s wellness policy;
    C. presentation of the wellness policy to the school board for approval;
    D. measurement of the implementation of the policy;
    E. recommendation for the revision of the policy, as necessary.

    Before the end of each school year the Wellness Committee shall recommend to the Superintendent any
    revisions to the policy it deems necessary and/or appropriate. In its review, the Wellness Committee shall
    consider evidence-based strategies in determining its recommendations.
    The Superintendent shall report annually to the Board on the progress of the Wellness Committee and on its
    evaluation of policy implementation and areas for improvement, including status of compliance by individual
    schools and progress made in attaining goals of policy.


    The Superintendent is also responsible for informing the public, including parents, students and community
    members, on the content and implementation of this policy. In order to inform the public, the
    Superintendent shall distribute information at the beginning of the school year to families of school children
    and post the policy on the District’s website, including the Wellness Committee's assessment of the
    implementation of the policy.

    The District shall assess the Wellness Policy at least once every three (3) years on the extent to which
    schools in the District are in compliance with the District policy, the extent to which the District policy
    compares to model wellness policies, and the progress made in attaining the goals of the District Wellness
    Policy. The assessment shall be made available to the public on the School District's web site.

    © Neola 2017

    42 U.S.C. 1751, Sec. 204
    42 U.S.C. 1771
    7 C.F.R. Parts 210 and 220