Our Wellness PolicyWellness Policy.pdf
Why a Wellness Policy?Childhood Obesity
& Diet Related Illness
- Our School Nutrition Program complies with federal, state and local requirements.
- Our School Nutrition Program is accessible to all children.
- We provide and promote nutrition education.
- We encourage meaningful physical fitness activities for all children.
- All school-based activities are consistent with local wellness policy goals.
- Recommend that all foods and beverages made available on campus (including vending, concessions, a la carte, student stores, parties, and fundraising) during the school day are consistent with the current Dietary Guidelines for Americans.
- Insure that all foods made available on campus adhere to food safety and security guidelines.
- Provide a school environment that is safe, comfortable, pleasing, and allows ample time and space for eating meals.
- Insure that food and/or physical activity is not used as a reward or punishment.
- School Nutrition Association
- USDA Food & Nutrition Services
- Centers for Disease Control
- National School Boards Association
- National PTA
- Action for Healthy Kids
- American Dietetic Association
- Food Research and Action Center
- Elementary/Secondary School Principals
- National Association of School Nurses
- USDA Cooperative Extension
- National Dairy Council
- Society for Nutrition Education
- The National Association for Sport and Physical Education
- Council of Chief State School Officers
Local wellness policies are an important tool for parents, local educational agencies (LEAs) and school districts in promoting student wellness, preventing and reducing childhood obesity, and providing assurance that school meal nutrition guidelines meet the minimum federal school meal standards.
What is a Wellness Policy?
A local school wellness policy is a written document of official policies that guide a local educational agency (LEA) or school district’s efforts to establish a school environment that promotes students’ health, well-being, and ability to learn by supporting healthy eating and physical activity.
The Local School Wellness Policy requirement was established by the Child Nutrition and WIC Reauthorization Act of 2004, and further strengthened by the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010. It requires each local LEA participating in the National School Lunch Program and/or School Breakfast Program to develop a local school wellness policy that promotes the health of students and addresses the growing problem of childhood obesity. The responsibility for developing a local school wellness policy is placed at the local level so the unique needs of each school under the jurisdiction of the LEA can be addressed.
Sharing the Message of Wellness
One of our goals is to share the message of nutrition and wellness via the School Nutrition website that emphasizes the importance of nutrition AND fitness. Our site provides information on the 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 of the LCPS Wellness Policy include:
- Nutrition Education
- Physical activity
- Social Emotional Wellness
- Other school-based activities that are designed to promote student wellness.
Wellness Policy Documents
- LCPS Wellness Policy Regulations Coming Soon
Wellness Policy Communication Resources
- Click Here to View: USDA Team Nutrition Local School Wellness Policy Outreach Toolkit
Additional School Wellness Resources
- Click Here to View: More information on Smart Snack Guidelines
- Click Here to View: Virginia Fundraisers 101 and Smart Snack Guidelines
- Click Here to View: Healthy Snack & Beverage Ideas from the Alliance for a Healthier Generation
- Click Here to View: Creative Fundraising Ideas from the Alliance for a Healthier Generation
- Click Here to View: Celebrations That Support Child Health from the Alliance for a Healthier Generation
- Click Here to View: Smart Snack Venue Survey Tool from the Alliance for a Healthier Generation
- Click Here to View: USDA Guide to Smart Snacks
- Click Here to View: Competitive Food Inventory Sheet from the Alliance for a Healthier Generation
- Click Here to View: Sample Vendor Letter for Vending Machines from the Alliance for a Healthier Generation
- Click Here to View: Sample Healthy Celebration Survey for Students from the Alliance for a Healthier Generation
- Click Here to View: Smarter Lunchrooms Movement Scorecard
- Click Here to View: 60 Strategies for Implementing Smarter Lunchrooms Movement Scorecard
- Click Here to View: President's Council on Sports, Fitness & Nutrition
- Click Here to View: USDA Final Rule and Guidance for Wellness Policy Implementation