The government recognizes that schools play a critical role in promoting student health, preventing
childhood obesity, and combating problems associated with poor nutrition and physical inactivity.
Public Law 108-265, the 2004 Child Nutrition and Women, Infants and Children (WIC) Reauthorization
Act, Section 204 requires each school district participating in the School Nutrition Association
Program to establish a local wellness policy by July 1st, 2006.
This legislation places responsibility of developing a wellness policy at the local level, so that the in-
Realistic and attainable goals have been set for nutrition education, physical activity, nutritional
A. Nutrition Education and Promotion
We recognize that schools play a critical role in promoting student health, preventing overweight and
underweight eating disorders, and combating problems associated with poor nutrition. A comprehensive
nutrition program encompasses a variety of opportunities for students to learn about age appropriate
nutrition and healthy eating behaviors.
1. Identify and incorporate nutrition education into the school curriculum.
2. Identify eating habits and nutrition related behaviors and conditions that can lead to serious health
problems. Nutrition related behaviors and conditions include, eating disorders such as bulimia nervosa,
anorexia nervosa, binging and purging, binge eating and childhood obesity.
3. Provide education/instruction on eating disorders to explore possible causes for the disorders, treatment,
and treatment difficulties. The focus of such instruction will be to stress healthy, realistic, and
nutritionally sound caloric intake requirements and physical activity levels for the age/grade of the
student receiving instruction.
4. Provide resources for accessing diverse nutrition wellness offerings for school staff.
5. Request staff and departments to incorporate wellness initiatives and learning opportunities into
curriculum in all subjects and at all grade levels.
6. Encourage Wauwatosa School District staff to model healthy eating behaviors.
B. Physical Activity
The primary goal for a school’s physical activity component is to provide opportunities for every student to
develop the knowledge and skills for specific physical activities, maintain physical fitness, regularly
participate in physical activity, and understand the short and long term benefits of a physically active and
healthy lifestyle. A comprehensive physical activity program encompasses a variety of opportunities for
students to be physically active, including: physical education, recess, walk-to-school programs, after-school
physical activity programs, health education that includes physical activity as a component, and physical
activity breaks within the regular classrooms.
1. Expand physical activity opportunities for students outside of their physical education classes.
2. Explore physical activity options during recesses and study halls.
3. Provide opportunities for families to participate in physical activity in conjunction with their child(ren).
4. Staff will not utilize physical activity nor withhold opportunities for physical activities as a punishment.
5. Explore diverse physical activity wellness program offerings for school staff at each school and within
6. Staff will recognize that physical activity and exercise capabilities will vary with each individual and can
be affected by eating disorders and other health conditions. Realistic physical activity levels will be
implemented on an individual basis.
7. Encourage Wauwatosa School District staff to model physical activity behaviors.
C. Nutrition guidelines for all foods available on school campus during the school day
Students’ lifelong eating habits are greatly influenced by the types of foods and beverages available to them.
Schools must establish standards to address all foods and beverages sold or served to students, including
those available outside of school meal programs. The guidelines should focus on increasing nutrient density,
decreasing fat and added sugars, and moderating portion size. The School District will develop nutrition
guidelines for all foods available at each school during the school day with the objectives of promoting
student health and reducing childhood obesity.
1. School lunch meals will meet or exceed Federal nutrition guidelines.
2. Promote healthy food and beverage choices in vending machines, alternative pricing strategies, and food
and beverage product placement to encourage healthy choices.
3. Encourage schools and families to consider healthy choices when providing treats or snacks for the
4. Promote non-food/healthy food alternatives for fundraising.
5. All food service employees will continue to be certified in sanitation by the State of Wisconsin.
6. All school cafeterias will continue to meet the food safety standards set forth under the Wisconsin food
7. The Wauwatosa School District will incorporate a food safety program that complies with HACCP
(Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point) principles and conforms to guidance issued by the Department
of Agriculture (USDA) will be reviewed and revised periodically to help ensure the safety of school meals
served to children.
8. Promote nutritionally sound food selection choices in appropriate quantities for all students in all grade
D. Other School Based Activities
Policies established under this category create a school environment that provides consistent wellness
messages and is conducive to healthy eating and being physically active.
1. All children who utilize the school nutrition program are able to obtain food in a non-stigmatizing manner.
2. Explore opportunities to provide recess before scheduled lunches in elementary schools.
3. Explore the environment, atmosphere, and safety issues in eating areas.
E. Emotional and Psychological Well-Being
A healthy school environment recognizes the need to provide emotional and psychological well-being
opportunities for staff and students.
1. Safety, for all students and staff will remain a top priority during each school day.
2. Establish new programs and sustain existing programs that address harassment and bullying within our
3. Establish a program, with the assistance of guidance counselors, social workers, school psychologists
and staff members that will encourage students to seek assistance, without repercussions, if they feel
they are experiencing a social-emotional problem or crisis.
F. Maintaining, Measuring and Evaluating a Wellness Policy
A sustained effort by each school is instrumental in ensuring that the wellness policies are faithfully
implemented. Evaluation and feedback from students, parents, staff, administration, and community
partnerships are essential in maintaining a wellness policy.
1. Establish a school wellness liaison for each school. This person will be responsible for communicating
school-related wellness issues to the Wellness Policy Committee, including wellness initiatives/
information in school newsletters, and working with the principal in implementing wellness changes
within the school.
2. Request the principals to provide evidence of the implementation of wellness initiatives within their
buildings biannually (fall and spring) by using the evaluation tool provided by the Wellness Policy
3. Establish and designate a District Wellness Policy Committee. The committee will be represented by
staff, administration, parents, students, and community members. The Wellness Policy Committee will:
meet at least quarterly to review the implementation of the policy, provide resources for school liaisons,
explore financial partnerships or ventures with businesses and organizations, provide evaluation tools to
principals and liaisons to determine the effectiveness of wellness initiatives in each building, and
review the effectiveness of the policy annually.
4. The progress of the Wellness Policy will be shared with students, parents, staff, community and Board
members on at least an annual basis.
42 U.S.C. 1751, Sec. 204
Approved/Adopted: July 13, 2009