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Schools FFI School Wellness Policynov122008

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

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Schools FFI School Wellness Policynov122008

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

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