5405 WELLNESS POLICY ON NUTRITION AND PHYSICAL ACTIVITY
The Eldred Central School District Wellness Policy is based on the following beliefs:
Wellness Policy Goals:
Based on the beliefs outlined in the preamble, it is the policy of the Eldred Central School District:
NOTE: The regulation that accompanies this policy outlines the procedures for accomplishing these wellness
Ref: Policy required under Section 204 of the Child Nutrition and Women, Infants, and Children
Reauthorization Act of 2004 (P.L. 108-265)
Adoption date: June 8, 2006
Revision date: October 20, 2016
5405-R WELLNESS REGULATION ON NUTRITION AND PHYSICAL ACTIVITY
Strategies for Achieving Our Wellness Policy on Nutrition and Physical Activity
A. Establish a School Wellness Committee
B. Monitor nutritional quality of foods and beverages sold and served in all Eldred Central School District facilities
1. School Meals: Meals served through the National School Lunch and Breakfast Programs will:
2. Breakfast: All children should have breakfast, either at home or at school, in order to meet their nutritional needs and enhance their ability to learn. The Eldred Central School District will:
3. Free and Reduced-Priced Meals: Schools will make every effort to eliminate any social stigma attached to, and prevent the overt identification of, students who are eligible for free and reduced-priced school meals.
4. Meal Times and Scheduling: The Eldred Central School District will:
5. Qualifications of School Food Service Staff: Qualified nutrition professionals will administer the school
meal programs. As part of the school district's responsibility to operate a food service program, we will
provide continuing professional development for nutrition professionals in schools. Staff development
programs may include the cafeteria manager, and cafeteria workers, according to their levels of
6. Sharing of Foods and Beverages: Given concerns about allergies and other restrictions on some
children's diets, the Eldred Central School District will discourage students from sharing their foods or
beverages with one another during meal or snack times.
C. Monitor foods and beverages sold individually (sold outside of Reimbursable School Meals i.e., vending machines.)
1. Elementary School. The school food service program will approve and provide all foods and beverage sold in the elementary school. Given young children's limited nutrition skills, food in elementary schools should be sold as balanced meals.
2. Junior-Senior High School. In the junior-senior high school, all foods and beverages sold individually outside the reimbursable school meal programs during the school day will meet the following nutrition and portion size standards:
c. Portion Sizes: Limit, whenever possible, portion sizes of foods and beverages sold individually to those listed below:
d. Snacks: Snacks served during the school day or in after-school programs will make a positive
contribution to children's diets and health, with an emphasis on serving fruits and vegetables as the
primary snacks and water as the primary beverage. Teachers will assess if and when to offer snacks
based on timing of school meals, children's nutritional needs, children's ages, and other
f. Celebrations: Food and beverages that are served during periodic special occasions or celebrations (i.e., holiday parties, birthday parties, etc.) are not governed by this policy and are not subject to the specific regulations herein. Because of the risks associated with severe food allergies, the school can only accept unopened, commercially packaged foods and beverages. Each item must be in its original container with its nutrition label intact. Homemade food is not permitted.
D. Increase Student Opportunities for Physical Activity and Physical Education
1. Physical Education
2. Integrating Physical Activity into the Classroom Setting. For students to receive the nationally recommended amount of daily physical activity and for students to fully embrace regular physical activity as a personal behavior, students need opportunities for physical activity beyond physical education class.
Toward that end:
CITATIONS AND ADDITIONAL RESOURCES RELATED TO RECESS POLICY:
4. Use of School Facilities Outside of School Hours. School spaces and facilities should be available to
students, staff, and community members before, during, and after the school day. These spaces and
facilities also should be available to community agencies and organizations offering physical activity and
nutrition programs. School policies concerning facilities use and safety will apply at all times.
E. Promote Good Nutrition and Physical Activity
1. Nutrition Education: The Eldred Central School District aims to teach, encourage, and support healthy
eating by students. Our staff will provide nutrition education and engage in nutrition promotion that:
2. Communicate with Parents. The Eldred Central School District will support parents' efforts to provide a healthy diet and daily physical activity for their children. The school will send home nutrition information, post nutrition tips on the school website, and provide nutrient analysis of school menus.
3. Limit Food Marketing. School based marketing will be consistent with nutrition education and health promotion. As such, schools will limit food and beverage marketing to the promotion of foods and beverages that meet the nutrition standards for meals or for foods and beverages sold individually (above). School-based marketing of brands promoting predominantly low-nutrition foods and beverages is prohibited. The promotion of healthy foods, including fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and low-fat dairy products is encouraged.
4. Promote Staff Wellness. The Eldred Central School District highly values the health and well-being of every staff member and will plan and implement activities and policies that support personal efforts by staff to maintain a healthy lifestyle. The Eldred Central School District will establish and maintain a staff health and wellness committee which will act as a subcommittee of the District-wide Wellness Committee. The committee should develop, promote, and oversee a multifaceted plan to promote staff health and wellness. The plan should be based on input solicited from school staff and should outline ways to encourage healthy eating, physical activity and other elements of a healthy life style among school staff. The staff health and wellness committee should distribute its plan to the District-wide Wellness Committee.
F. Regularly Review and Monitor Wellness Policy
1. Monitoring. The Superintendent or designee will ensure compliance with established district-wide nutrition and physical activity wellness policies. In each school, the principal or designee will ensure compliance with those policies in his/her school and will report on the school's compliance to the school district superintendent or designee. School food service staff will ensure compliance with nutrition policies within school food service areas and will report on this matter to the superintendent (or if done at the school level, to the school principal).
The Superintendent or designee will develop a summary report every three years on district-wide compliance with the district's established nutrition and physical activity wellness policies, based on input from both schools. That report will be provided to the school board and also distributed to the Districtwide Wellness Committee and staff.
2. Policy Review. The completion of the summary report will be repeated every three years to help review policy compliance, assess progress, and determine areas in need of improvement. The school district will revise the wellness policies, as needed, and develop work plans to facilitate their implementation.
Adoption date: June 8, 2006
Revision date: October 20, 2016