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8510 Policy_Wellness

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-
dividual needs of each district can be addressed. According to the requirements for the wellness
policy, school districts must set goals for nutrition education, physical activity, guidelines for food
available at school during the day, and other school-based activities designed to promote student
wellness. Additionally, districts are required to involve a variety of individuals including parents,
students, nutritional services, school board, administrators and the community in policy development.

Realistic and attainable goals have been set for nutrition education, physical activity, nutritional
guidelines (School Nutrition Association) and other school-based activities based on the District’s
past, current and future practices. The intention of the Wellness Policy is to provide a basis for
ongoing growth in these areas.

    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.

        Goals:

        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.

        Goals:

        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
             the District.
 
        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.

        Goals:

        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
             classroom.

        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
             code.
 
        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
             levels.

    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.
 
        Goals:
 
        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.
 
        Goals:

        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
           school environments.
 
        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
            Committee.
 
        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
42 U.S.C. 1771

Approved/Adopted: July 13, 2009

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Shari Weinstock,
Aug 9, 2011, 1:15 PM