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Overview of School Wellness Policies. Child Nutrition & Wellness Kansas Department of Education October 24, 2006. Programs Administered. National School Lunch Program School Breakfast Program Special Milk Program After School Care Snack Program Child and Adult Care Food Program

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overview of school wellness policies

Overview ofSchool Wellness Policies

Child Nutrition & Wellness

Kansas Department of Education

October 24, 2006

programs administered
Programs Administered
  • National School Lunch Program
  • School Breakfast Program
  • Special Milk Program
  • After School Care Snack Program
  • Child and Adult Care Food Program
  • Summer Food Service Program
  • Team Nutrition
  • Coordinated School Health Program (partnership with Kansas Dept. of Health and Environment)
school wellness policy overview
School Wellness Policy Overview
  • Federal and state laws
  • Training and technical assistance
  • Current and on-going activities
  • Data collection and analysis
  • Challenges and opportunities
federal state laws

Federal & State Laws

School Wellness Policies

federal law
Federal Law
  • Required by Public Law 108-265 which reauthorized Child Nutrition Programs
  • Must be implemented by July 2006.
  • Minimum requirements include….
federal law6
Federal Law
  • Nutrition guidelines for all foods available on the school campus during the school day
  • Assurance that school meals meet USDA requirements
  • Goals for nutrition education, physical activity and other school-based activities designed to promote student wellness
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Federal Law
  • A plan for measuring implementation of policy
  • Involvement of parents, students, school nutrition personnel, school board, school administrators and the public in developing the local wellness policy
state law
State Law

Senate Bill 154 directs the Kansas State Board of Education “to develop nutrition guidelines for all foods and beverages made available to students in Kansas public schools during the school day” and ….

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State Law

“In developing such guidelines, particular attention shall be given to providing healthful foods and beverages, physical activities and wellness education with the goals of preventing and reducing childhood obesity.”

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State Law

“When establishing the wellness policy of the school district, the board of education of each district shall take into consideration the guidelines developed by the state board…”

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State Law

“When establishing the wellness policy of the school district, the board of education of each district shall take into consideration the guidelines developed by the state board…”

kansas model policy includes
Kansas Model Policy includes:
  • 3 parts:
    • Nutrition
    • Nutrition Education
    • Physical Activity
  • 3 levels within each part:
    • Basic
    • Advanced
    • Exemplary
kansas model policy
Kansas Model Policy…
  • Included input from national and Kansas experts
  • Considered feedback from groups impacted
  • Provided for consensus, flexibility and local control
training technical assistance

Training &Technical Assistance

School Wellness Policies

school year 2005 2006
School Year 2005-2006
  • Held 12 “Working On Wellness” Workshops
  • Co-sponsored by KSDE and KDHE
  • Funded by Kansas Health Foundation
  • More than 1,100 attended.
  • School personnel learned about:
      • The childhood obesity crisis
      • The role of schools
      • Requirements for a wellness policy
      • How to develop a wellness policy
      • Resources available to help
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School Year 2005-2006
  • Development of the paper version and online Wellness Policy Builders
  • Development of prototype local wellness policy – 320 of 423 adopted the KSDE prototype. The remainder developed their own policy, but most used some or all of the Kansas model guidelines.
  • Requirements for federal and state laws incorporated into School Nutrition Program Agreement for 2006-2007
school year 2006 2007
School Year 2006-2007
  • Development of new website linking guidelines and resources such as:
    • Nutrition Calculators
    • Kansas model menus and recipes
    • Teaching resources
    • Training opportunities
    • Success stories
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School Year 2006-2007
  • Ongoing technical assistance from
    • School Nutrition
    • Team Nutrition
    • Coordinated School Health
    • Statewide partners
  • Conferences and training programs
  • Development of recognition program for school districts that achieve the Exemplary level of the Kansas guidelines.
data collection analysis

Data Collection& Analysis

School Wellness Policies

wellness policy builder data on nutrition
Wellness Policy BuilderData onNutrition
  • General Atmosphere
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • A la Carte
  • Vending
  • During the School Day
  • After School Program
wellness policy builder data on nutrition education
Wellness Policy BuilderData on Nutrition Education
  • Classroom
  • Cafeteria
  • Events During the School Day
  • After School Programs
  • Family & Community
  • Staff Wellness
wellness policy builder data on physical activity
Wellness Policy BuilderData onPhysical Activity
  • Physical Education Classes
  • Throughout the Day
  • Punishment
  • Recess
  • Before and After School
  • Family and Community
senate resolution 1604
Senate Resolution 1604
  • Requests KSDE to cooperate with others to study our state’s public schools:
    • Food programs and other food items available
    • Available classes on health
    • Physical activities
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Senate Resolution 1604

KSDE is asked to report on its findings and recommendations for improving diets and physical well-being of our students to create healthy eating behaviors and appropriate exercise habits.

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Senate Resolution 1604
  • Sunflower Foundation contracted with the Kansas Health Institute to assist KSDE in conducting a statewide survey to assess the status of schools:
    • Food programs and other food items available
    • Available classes on health
    • Physical activities
kansas surveys on nutrition physical activity
Kansas Surveys on Nutrition & Physical Activity
  • Three surveys were conducted in January – February 2006:
    • District food service directors and administrators
    • School building food service managers
    • Professional members of the Kansas Association of Health, PE, Recreation and Dance (KAHPERD)
other important surveys
Other Important Surveys
  • School Health Profiles
  • Youth Risk Behavior Survey
  • Youth Tobacco Survey
  • Communities That Care
challenges opportunities

Challenges &Opportunities

School Wellness Policies

challenges
Challenges
  • Better data is needed about childhood obesity in Kansas in order to establish benchmarks and measure progress.
  • On-going social marketing is needed to help school personnel, parents and community members understand the obesity crisis and take action to do something about it.
  • Schools need help to squeeze another priority onto their already “full plates”.
opportunities
Opportunities
  • Continue to leverage resources by developing partnerships and systems
  • Use technology to link schools with resources
  • Highlight successes to lead others to make needed changes
  • Improve our children’s health so that they will have the opportunity to be healthy, successful adults
for more information
For more information:
  • Contact Jodi Mackey at 785-296-2276 or jmackey@ksde.org.
  • Visit www.kn-eat.org, What’s New