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Wellness Policies in Schools. Sandra Kangas, Supervisor Child & Adult Nutrition Services SD Department of Education. The Child Nutrition and WIC Reauthorization Act of 2004 PL 108-265 Section 204 enacted June 30, 2004.

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wellness policies in schools

Wellness Policies in Schools

Sandra Kangas, Supervisor

Child & Adult Nutrition Services

SD Department of Education

the child nutrition and wic reauthorization act of 2004 pl 108 265 section 204 enacted june 30 2004
The Child Nutrition and WIC Reauthorization Act of 2004PL 108-265 Section 204 enacted June 30, 2004

Congress recognizes that schools play a critical role in creating a healthy environment for the prevention of childhood obesity, creating a healthy environment for combating problems associated with poor nutrition and physical activity.

why local wellness policies
Why Local Wellness Policies?
  • The prevalence of overweight among children
  • Increased likelihood to become overweight or obese adults.
  • Unhealthy diet and physical activity patterns account for at least 400,000 deaths among adults in the United States each year.
  • one in three American children born in 2000 will develop diabetes in their lifetime.
the law required that the district develop a wellness policy that
The law required that the District develop a wellness policy that -
  • involves parents, students, representatives of the school food authority, the school board, school administrators, and the public in its development
  • includes goals for nutrition education, physical activity, and other school-based activities that are designed to promote student wellness
local wellness committee
Local Wellness Committee
  • Required:
    • School food service staff
    • Parents
    • Students
    • School board member
    • Administrators
    • Public
local wellness committee6
Local Wellness Committee
  • Recommended:
    • School nurse
    • PE/Athletics Department
    • Student activities
  • Others:
    • Teachers
    • Dietitians
    • Dietary Managers
    • Medical professionals
four basic components of a wellness policy
Four basic components of a wellness policy:
  • Nutrition education goals
  • Physical activity goals
  • Nutrition standards
  • Other school-based activities
the policy must also
The policy must also…
  • include nutrition guidelines for all foods available on each school campus
  • provide an assurance that school meals at least meet standards established by federal law
  • establish a plan for monitoring
nutrition education
Nutrition Education
  • Curriculum
  • Health & nutrition promotion
  • School environment
  • Cafeteria as a classroom
  • Community resources
physical activity
Physical Activity
  • Recess
  • Physical Education
  • Before and after school
  • Wellness activities
nutrition
Nutrition
  • School meals
  • A la carte cafeteria sales
  • Vending machines
  • Student stores
  • Concession stands
  • Classroom parties and special events
  • Fundraising
other school based activities
Other School-based Activities
  • School environment
  • Consistent wellness messages
  • Conducive to healthy eating
  • Physically active
measuring success
Measuring Success
  • The policy must “establish a plan for measuring implementation of the local wellness policy, including designation of 1 or more persons within the local educational agency or at each school, as appropriate, charged with operational responsibility for ensuring that the school meets the local wellness policy.”
team effort
You’ve seen this:

Together

Everyone

Achieves

More

A new version:

Together

Everyone helps children

Achieve

Maximum health and ability to learn

TEAM Effort
model policy
Model Policy
  • State Board and Department of Education desired a model policy
  • A cross-section of folks were invited to develop the policy
  • Those who were not able to attend were invited to comment
your local policy17
Your Local Policy
  • Locate the school’s policy
  • How does it stack up?
  • Evaluation tool in handouts
  • It might look good on paper –

but what are you doing about it?

where do we go from here
Where do we go from here?
  • Identify the leader to call a group together
  • Assemble resources
  • Invite committee members
  • Review policy
  • Assess what has been done
  • Assignments for what needs to be done
  • Tell your story!
policy tools and resources
Policy Tools and Resources
  • Many tools exist
  • Government agencies
  • Non-government agencies (PNPs)
  • Professional associations
  • For-profit agencies and consultants
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Wellness Policy Resources

  • doe.sd.gov/oess/cans/training/wellnesspolicy.asp
  • South DakotaWellness Policy
  • South Dakota School Wellness Policy training video
  • Wellness policy resources
  • School Wellness Policy workshop handouts
  • Fact sheets, rack cards, order form
  • Funding opportunities for wellness policy projects
usda changing the scene
USDA – Changing the Scene
  • Available from CANS or can order from USDA website

teamnutrition.usda.gov/Resources/changing.html

asbo international
ASBO, International
  • Journal article Taking Action for Healthy Kids
  • February 2003: www.asbointl.org/asbo/files/ccPageContentDOCFILENAME001052705546SBA_Feb_03_article_TakingActionForHealthyKids.pdf
more wellness resource sites
More Wellness Resource Sites
  • www.healthysd.gov/
  • www.schoolnutrition.org
  • www.aahperd.org/
  • www.cdc.gov/healthyyouth/
  • rethinkingschools.org/archive/20_04/well204.shtml
  • www.schoolwellnesspolicies.org/
  • www.actionforhealthykids.org/
  • Any search engine: “Wellness Policy”
making it happen
Making It Happen!
  • School Nutrition Success Stories

Gain ideas for what schools have done that worked. You can implement or adapt to your school.

classroom materials
Classroom Materials

Foodella available from CANS

Other items available from CANS or USDA

other resources
Other Resources

Available from CANS or USDA