Our Wellness Policy

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Wellness Policy

Wellness Policy

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.
(https://www.fns.usda.gov/school-meals/local-school-wellness-policy)

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 include:

  • Nutrition Education
  • Physical activity
  • Other school-based activities that are designed to promote student wellness.

Wellness Policy Documents

  • LCPS Wellness Policy Coming Soon

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: 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