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Wellness policies

  1. 1. PRESENTED BY: Kristie Rauter Wisocnsin Farm to School Summit | La Crosse June 27th, 2013
  2. 2. Local Perspective on Implementing F2S Language in School Wellness Polices
  3. 3. Wood County’s Experience Superintendents Food Service Directors School Boards School Wellness Committees Chronic Disease Coalition —Health Department
  4. 4. Leadership--Superintendents • Met with Superintendents • Formal contract in place • Funds dispersed • Explained evaluation plan
  5. 5. Operations—Food Service Directors • Convened Food Service Directors—Quarterly • Developed a plan together • Began procuring local food
  6. 6. Farm to School carrots are served in the lunch line
  7. 7. Lincoln High School students grow lettuce to be used in the lunch line
  8. 8. The school garden at Vesper allows students to grow vegetables, sunflowers and pumpkins
  9. 9. Students enjoy Harvest of the Month apples
  10. 10. School Wellness Committees • Convened Wellness Committees- 6 school districts • Year 1— • Implemented projects and utilized funds • Year 2— • Utilized WellSAT tool-(online function) • Used assessment score to strengthen/add language • Provided draft model language Using assessment results New requirement: Healthy, Hunger Free Kids Act • Developed a simple evaluation tool for policy • Continue to hold meetings as committee
  11. 11. Infrastructure—School Boards •Met with school boards •Provided education •Policy revision on school board agendas •Brought forward by Superintendents •Few changes were made by board •Provided evaluation data •Showed community support for F2S •Importance of nutrition with education
  12. 12. 14 Childhood Obesity • Childhood obesity is a problem in my community. Baseline Post Average score change from baseline (2.11) to post (2.04): Not statistically significant (p=.05)
  13. 13. 15 Perception of Obesity Problem • Which of the following best describes how you think the problem of obesity should be solved in your community? Baseline Post
  14. 14. 16 Importance of Community Support • Serving more fruits and vegetables in school lunches Baseline Post Average score change from baseline (1.73) to post (1.67): Not statistically significant (p=.05)
  15. 15. Lessons Learned • Policy work is not for everyone • Strong language is a tough sell • Various levels of comfort with committee’s developing/updating policies for districts
  16. 16. More Work To Do • Few schools policies still need updating • Goal to update policies with stronger language in the future • Wellness Policy was a great low hanging fruit to build relationships • Procurement policy a possible next step
  17. 17. Success • Superintendent and Principal - Nekoosa School District
  18. 18. Healthy People Wood County Chronic Disease Prevention Team
  19. 19. Thank you for your time! ------------------ Questions ------------------ Kristie Rauter krauter@co.wood.wi.us 715-421-8915 getactivewoodcounty.org Facebook.com/getactivewoodcounty

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