Our Wellness Policy

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Wellness Policy

ISD #564 Triennial Assessment of the District's Wellness policy and goals:

Triennial Assessment Report

       as mandated by the Healthy, Hunger Free Child Act, 2014

General Information

Reporting Timeframe

(Month, Year – Month, Year):

September 2013 to August 2016

School(s) included in the assessment:

Challenger Elementary, Franklin Middle, Lincoln High, Northwest Alternative Learning Center


Web site address for the wellness policy and/or information on how the public can access a copy:


Assessment Information

Describe how your school(s) is in compliance with the wellness policy regulations.

A Wellness Policy was developed and School Board approved in 2006 with updates approximately every 3 years. Parents, students, representatives from Food Services, Phy Ed department, School nurse, School board, Principals and the general public participate in the development, implementation, review and update of our policy. We inform the public of the policy in a number of ways including publicizing and welcoming participation at meetings, inclusion of the policy and activities on the local website. We have specific goals for ensuring our Wellness policy is effective.

Describe how your wellness policy compares to model wellness policies.

(Example: the Alliance for a Healthier Generation template)

Our Wellness policy is modeled after the Minnesota School Board Association’s Wellness policy.   It addresses all the required areas – school food and nutrition, physical education and communication with parents.

Explain the progress made in attaining the goals of the wellness policy.

Note: Attach copies or reports of any assessments that have been conducted. Examples:

·       School Health Index results indicating strengths and weaknesses of your policy.

·       WellSAT 2.0 results indicating the quality of written policy.

·       Relevant data sources such as Minnesota Student Survey results or other school/district data.

A School Health Index was used as the assessment of local wellness policy goals at the end of School Year 2016. A diverse committee of School Administration, Superintendent, School nurse, School food service staff, other school staff and parent representatives completed the School Health Index scorecard. The scorecards will be valuable tools as we enter the next cycle of determining goals for the Local Wellness policy.


The School Health index showed the majority of School Health and Safety policies already fully in place or partially in place. Only one item “a school health committee” was not in place.   Health Education also rated highly although no items were found to be fully in place but also no items were not at least underdevelopment or partially in place. Nutrition Services also had the majority – 7 out of 11 items fully in place with only one not in place; venues outside the cafeteria offering fruits and vegetables. We had tried fruits and vegetables in the vending machines for 24/7 access outside of the cafeteria however most fruits and vegetables spoiled before purchase.   Preparedness for a food emergency was also identified as underdevelopment. Finally, the School Health Index scorecard for Physical education found 3 items not in place, the most of any score card. However over the summer, one of the items, support of walking/bicycling to school when from not in place to fully in place with the opening of the Walk/Bike path to Challenger. The other two items – before and after school physical activity opportunities and intramural programs and clubs have been talked about but not implemented.

Additional notes, if necessary:

Other activities from 2015-16 included the Challenger Field Day in May with 100% student participation in outdoor activities that day, FIT team presentation at Challenger and Franklin; the Cabbage project coinciding with the school garden at Challenger, Food heritage week at all schools, Summer meal venues at parks with playground equipment and participation in the Great Apple Crunch, National School Lunch Week and National School Breakfast Week. We also had several presentations from Sanford Health on their new FIT program which teachers may adopt in their classrooms. Finally the Carol M. White grant also known as the PEP grant was applied for again. The first time ISD 564 was involved in the PEP grant collaborative stunning improvements were made in student physical activity and nutrition.


Information about Thief River Falls Wellness Policy & Committee

Balance is essential for any Wellness Policy. Key areas include:

  • Foods consumed in school.
  • Nutrition Education
  • Physical activity
  • Other school-based activities that are designed to promote student wellness.

 This past school year the ISD#564 Thief River Falls students and staff were actively working on Wellness activities.  Both Challenger and Franklin schools hosted the "FIT Team" who pumped up the student bodies with exercises and activities to nurture both the body and the brain.

  Take a look at just about any Challenger teacher's website and you will see pictures posted of students taking "brain breaks".  Teachers realize that in order for the learning to stick it is important to let the body wiggle in between lessons.

  Students at all three schools helped with a garden to plate project.  Ms. Bjornstad's greenhouse students at Franklin planted cabbage seed.  They helped them grow into seedlings that Ms. Hahn's Lincoln High school agriculture students packaged up with "how-to" growing and eating brochures for the Kindergarten through 3rd grade students at Challenger.  The Moccasin Garden club members came to Challenger to talk to the young grades about growing the cabbage at home.  We have seen pictures and heard back from lots of families about the experiences of the cabbage growing project over the summer.

  The results of the three-year Carol M. White Physical Education Program (PEP) grant were announced at the end of last school year with some amazing results:  1) increased the percentage of students who engage in 60 minutes of daily physical activity, 2) increased the percentage of students who achieve age-appropriate cardiovascular fitness, 3) increased the amount of fruits and vegetables consumed, 4) decreased the percentage of students with high BMI.

   The end of the school year found many students active in their school and community.  Franklin Middle school runs a "Kids in the Community" which shares the muscles and talents of the 6-8th grade with community members that may need leaves raked, windows washed and gardens tilled.  Challenger elementary hosted the first annual old fashion field day with relay races, water balloon toss, potato sack runs and many more.  Students were happily exhausted by the time they boarded buses home.

   Finally the dedicated District 564 staff including administration, teaching, food service and maintenance were role models throughout the year with activities sponsored by Blue Cross Blue Shield wellness dollars.  Twice during the school year (fall and then again in the spring), the staff laced up their high tops and completed a 5K.  Buildings hosted exercise sessions before and after school, healthy lunches were served up by teaching teams and pop bottles were only seen during science projects.

  The Thief River Falls School District Student Wellness Committee is always looking for new members with energy and creative ideas to make our students the healthiest in the nation.  Current members are: Shannon Boen, School Board member; Nicole Wienen, School District nurse; Becky Carlson, School District Employee Wellness representative; Mindy Myers, LHS FACS teacher; Whitney Restameyer, CES Physical Education teacher; Christine Bjornstad, FMS Science teacher; Angela Westlin, LHS Food Service Kitchen manager; Jessica Snoozy, Challenger Parent; Garrit Bjornstad, FMS student; and Cindy Sanden, School District Food Service supervisor.





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