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Lindsey Bouza Schools Coordinator Healthy Communities Division Juliana Hammer Child and Adolescent Program Coordinator Division of Nutrition and Physical Activity. WellSAT Assessment tool OCTOBER 27, 2010 MICHIANA II. WellSAT : Wellness School Assessment Tool.

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wellsat assessment tool october 27 2010 michiana ii

Lindsey Bouza

Schools Coordinator

Healthy Communities Division

Juliana Hammer

Child and Adolescent Program Coordinator

Division of Nutrition and Physical Activity

WellSAT Assessment toolOCTOBER 27, 2010MICHIANA II

wellsat wellness school assessment tool
WellSAT: Wellness School Assessment Tool
  • Who: Yale University’s Rudd Center for Obesity
  • Where: Connecticut
  • Why: No standardization/assessment of school wellness policies
  • How: www.wellsat.org
policy coding tool
Policy Coding Tool

50 items divided among five subscales

1. Nutrition Education & Wellness Promotion

2. Standards for USDA Nutrition Programs

3. Nutrition Guidelines for Competitive Foods

4. Physical Education/Physical Activity

5. Evaluation & Implementation

three level coding scheme
Three level coding scheme
  • Code “0” if the item is not addressed at all in the policy
  • Code “1” if the item is addressed in a vague, suggested, unclear manner

(should, suggest, encourage)

  • Code “2” if the item is addressed in a clear, specific, and directive manner

(shall, must, will, require, enforce)

two types of scores
Two Types of Scores
  • Comprehensiveness–

percentage of items

addressed in some way

  • Strength–percentage of areas addressed in a clear and specific manner
review section 1
Review Section 1

Nutrition Education and Wellness Promotion

nutrition education 7 8
Nutrition Education 7, 8

“School-based marketing of brands promoting predominantly low-nutrition foods and beverages is prohibited. The promotion of healthy foods, including fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and low-fat dairy products is encouraged.”

nutrition education 9
Nutrition Education 9

Meeting Schedule

  • September 13, 2010 Working Groups
  • October 11, 2010 Full Committee
  • November 8, 2010 Working Groups
  • December 13, 2010 Working Groups
  • January 10, 2011 Full Committee
review section 2
Review Section 2

School Meal Standards

school meals standards 1
School Meals Standards 1

“The School Transportation Commissioner has improved on-time morning arrival to 97% which enables more students time to participate in the school breakfast program.”

school meal standards 7
School Meal Standards 7

“Schools should share information about the nutritional content of meals with parents and students. Such information could be made available on menus, a website, on cafeteria menu boards, placards, or other point-of-purchase materials.”

review section 3
Review Section 3

Standards for Competitive Foods

nutrition standards for other foods 1
Nutrition Standards for Other Foods 1
  • Vending machines at the Middle and High Schools will be locked and/or shut off and inaccessible during the school day (The exception would be in the individual machine contains 100% healthy choices.
  • Vending in elementary schools may not be accessible to students.
nutrition standards for other foods 4
Nutrition Standards for Other Foods 4
  • “Schools should limit celebrations that involve food during the school day to no more than one party per class per month. Each party should include no more than one food or beverage that does not meet nutrition standards for foods and beverages sold individually. The district will disseminate a list of healthy party ideas to parents and teachers.”
nutrition standards for other foods 10
Nutrition Standards for Other Foods 10

“Teachers and staff are not allowed to use food as a reward and meal times are not to be delayed as punishment.”

review section 4
Review Section 4

Physical Education/Physical Activity

pe physical activity 2 3 4
PE/Physical Activity 2, 3, 4
  • All elementary school students

are scheduled for at least 60 minutes

of physical education instruction per

week. Middle School and High School students will be scheduled for at least 90 minutes of physical education instruction per week. With few exceptions all schools currently are meeting the goal of 60 or 90 minutes of physical education instruction.”

pe physical activity 10
PE/Physical Activity 10
  • Schools should discourage extended periods (i.e., periods of two or more hours) of inactivity. When activities, such as mandatory school-wide testing, make it necessary for students to remain indoors for long periods of time, schools should give students periodic breaks during which they are encouraged to stand and be moderately active.”
review section 5
Review Section 5

Evaluation and Implementation

evaluation 4
Evaluation 4

“Review of the Wellness Policy and Action Steps will be done Quarterly by the Corporation Wellness Committee. On an Annual Basis, the Wellness Committee will revise the Policy for presentation to the School Board.”

wellsat scores
WellSAT scores
  • Score reflects solely the language in the policy,

NOT the current status of implementation of healthy initiatives in the schools.

  • Schools may have healthy practices instituted, but if they are not documented in the policy, they could not be scored.
after scoring
After scoring:
  • Present it to the CSHAC/school board
  • Add current activities to your wellness policy
  • Make improvements to the wellness policy
  • Use this to track progress throughout the years
  • Use to compare to other school corporations/school districts
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Let’s Get Started!

www.wellsat.org