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This was presented at the November 12, 2008 meeting of the Regional School group

This was presented at the November 12, 2008 meeting of the Regional School group

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  • How long have school wellness policies been in existence? President Bush signed the Child Nutrition and WIC Reauthorization Act on June 30, 2004. This act required every school district that participated in the school lunch or school breakfast program to produce a local wellness policy. In Spring 2005, the USDA provided specific standards and deadlines to school districts. Local wellness policies allowed school districts to reach beyond the USDA-funded meal program to influence childhood health in other areas of the school like snacks, vending machines and concessions. Under terms of this Act, school districts were required to have a local wellness policy in place and begin implementation on the first day of classes after June 30, 2006. Last school year (2006-07) was the first year of implementation...school districts are now in Year 2 of implementation.

Schools FFI School Wellness Policynov122008 Schools FFI School Wellness Policynov122008 Presentation Transcript

  • History of School Wellness Policies:
    • The Child Nutrition &WIC Reauthorization Act of 2004 required every school district to produce a local wellness policy
    • Spring 2005: USDA provided a technical assistance memo to schools
    • June 30, 2006: Deadline for local districts to submit wellness policies, with implementation beginning on the first day of class following June 30, 2006.
  • Why Local School Wellness Policies?
    • Schools play a critical role in curbing the epidemic of childhood overweight and obesity
    • Schools can create an environment conducive to healthy lifestyle choices
    • Schools can demonstrate that children’s health and nutrition are a top priority
    • Responsibility is put at the local level
  • School Foods Report Card
    • Based on food/beverage policy outside of the school lunch program
    • Iowa received an ‘F’
      • Beverage nutrition standards
      • Food nutrition standards
      • Too few grade levels were impacted
      • School day and time concerns
      • Location in school
    F
  • A Fundamental Mission of schools is to promote healthy behaviors among students.
    • SMART Goals
    • S pecific
    • M easureable
    • A ttainable
    • R ealistic
    • T ime-sensitive
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  • Steps to Create School Wellness Policies
    • Assembled school wellness policy team
    • Assessed current school environment
    • Developed local wellness policy;
      • Goal of “Parent and family educational opportunities and initiatives” must be included
    • Adopted wellness policy
    • Implemented wellness policy
    • Monitor and evaluate wellness policy
    • Iowa’s Local School Wellness Assessment Tool http://www.fshn.hs.iastate.edu/schoolnutrition/
  • NE Iowa Food & Fitness
    • Kellogg’s Vision and Mission Emphasis
      • Vulnerable Children and their Families
      • Social Equity
        • Income
        • Race
        • Immigration status
    • Schools Identified
      • Asset in our Region
      • Capacity to reach Vulnerable Children
    • Site Visits – School Wellness Policies
  • Site Visits – “Positive Core”
    • Partnerships and/or alignment of wellness curriculum/activities
    • Vending machine changes
    • Student empowerment
    • Realizing students LIKE healthy food
    • Individual “champions”
    • Grants, programs, newsletters
    • May meeting – 5 schools shared learning
      • Identified need for regional school engagement
  • Regional School Engagement
    • May Group of School Representatives:
      • Foster individual change – create environments conducive to healthy eating and physical activity
      • Align resources – people, time, money
      • Explore system and policy change potential
      • Build capacity in our schools for changes
      • Innovation - Ingenuity
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