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School wellness policies

  1. 1. School Wellness Policies Katherine Pike, RDN, CD Nutrition Program Consultant (608) 266-2410
  2. 2. Healthy, Hunger Free Kids Act Local School Wellness Policies (LWP) • Retains requirement that each local educational agency (LEA) participating in the National School Lunch Program and School Breakfast Program establish a LWP • Incorporates new requirements for LWP content • Proposed Rule will be issued in Fall 2013 • Final Rule coming in 2014
  3. 3. Requirements of the LWP Content Current and Continued Requirements HHFKA of 2010 Requirements Elements of Local Wellness Policy Must include, at a minimum: • Goals for nutrition education, physical activity, and other school based activities that promote student wellness • Nutrition guidelines to promote student health and reduce childhood obesity • Adds the requirement that local wellness policies include goals for nutrition promotion 3
  4. 4. Public Involvement Content Current and Continued Requirements HHFKA of 2010 Requirements Public Involvement Team to develop wellness policy include: • Parents, students, and representatives of the SFA, school board, school administrators, and the public Team to develop wellness policy must NOW include: • Physical education teachers, and school health professionals • Expands the purpose of the team of collaborators beyond the development to include the implementation with periodic review and updates 4
  5. 5. Local Discretion Content Current and Continued Requirements HHFKA of 2010 Requirements Local Discretion • LEAs determine the specific policies appropriate for the school under their jurisdiction • Provided that those policies address all the required elements specified in the Act 5
  6. 6. Implementation, Periodic Assessment, and Public Updates Content Current and Continued Requirements HHFKA of 2010 Requirements Implementation, Periodic Assessment, and Public Updates • LEAS are required to establish a plan for measuring implementation of the policy. Requires LEAs to: • Inform and update public about content and implementation • Periodically measure and make assessment available to the public that includes extent schools are in compliance, how policy compares to model policies, and progress made in attaining goals • Designate one or more LEA officials or school officials to ensure compliance 6
  7. 7. Wellness School Assessment Tool WellSAT • Can be used to assess the quality of a LWP, specifically the degree to which policy items are addressed and the strength of the language • Does not measure the extent of implementation or compliance with specific wellness policy requirements
  8. 8. WellSAT • Policy items are categorized into 5 sections – Nutrition Education and Wellness Promotion – Standards for School Meals – Nutrition Standards for Other Food Sold at School – Physical Education and Activity – Evaluation • Assign a point value to wellness policy statement – 0 = Not addressed – 1= Weak statement – 2 = Meets/exceeds expectations
  9. 9. WellSAT – Online
  10. 10. WellSAT – Online
  11. 11. WellSAT – Paper
  12. 12. Other Resources • School Nutrition Team – • USDA Team Nutrition – • Action for Healthy Kids – • Alliance for a Healthier Generation – • CDC –
  13. 13. Questions
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