Our Wellness Policy

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Wellness Policy

Wellness Policy

Our District has developed a Wellness Policy that is focused on improving the health of students. The policy was developed by the health and wellness advisory council that includes teachers, parents, administrators, and the district nurse.

Sharing the Message of Wellness

One of our goals is to share the message of nutrition and wellness via our department's Web site that emphasizes the importance of nutrition AND fitness. Our site provides information on the nutrition and fitness for teachers, parents, and students, as well as, a variety of learning tools.

Key Areas of our Wellness Policy

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

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

Student Wellness and Smart Snacks

KHSD Wellness Committee
Members of the Student Wellness Committee may include, parents, students, physical education teachers, school health professionals, school administrators, members of the general public and district administrators.
The Kern High School District is interested in your feedback with updating, implementing, and evaluating our Local School Wellness Policy. If you are interested in participating in this process please contact the Business Office at 827-3145 or email [email protected]. Thanks!
Our next District Student Wellness Committee Meeting will be held on November 15, 2017. The Student Wellness Committee will be reviewing:
  • The current Student Wellness Policy, as well as, the USDA Final Rule on Local School Wellness Policy.
  • Review Smart Snack Guidelines and product list offered by vendors, as well as, procurement issues.
  • Discuss policy related to competitive food sale submission guidelines.
  • Discuss policy implement taste tests for smart snack compliant foods.
  • Review Student Wellness Policy Assessment Information.

Student Wellness Plan Implementation Assessment

The district is required to review the effectiveness of its implementation of the Student Wellness Plan on a triennial basis. The Student Wellness committee reviews a series of indicators and makes recommendations regarding improvements to the Wellness Plan. 
Student Wellness Plan Assessment:
Coming Soon!

Smart Snacks and Competitive Food Sales

In California, the Federal rules must be combined with existing California legislation to create what is known as the California Nutrition Standards. These standards apply to all foods and beverages sold in schools.  As of July 1, 2016, there were changes made to the competitive food requirements pertaining to the general nutrition standards and sodium restrictions. KHSD is currently in the process of revising the board-approved Smart Snacks list to reflect these changes.


If you have a question on whether or not the food or beverage item you are interested in selling is compliant, please use the California Project Lean Calculator:  http://www.californiaprojectlean.org/doc.asp?id=180&parentid=95

If your item is compliant, please submit a request to the Business Department for approval.


Why are Smart Snack Nutrition Standards Important?

Nearly one third of kids in America are at risk for chronic diseases that are preventable, such as diabetes and heart disease, due to being overweight or obese.  If left unaddressed, health experts say that this generation may be the first to live shorter lives than their parents. A healthy, well-balanced diet plays an important role in the prevention of these diseases; therefore, it is critical for all students to have access to healthy school meals full of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and low-fat dairy, based on scientific recommendations for nutrition. With many students consuming at least one snack food during the school day, it is also important that items offered a la carte and in vending machines fit within nutritional guidelines to help reinforce the message of an overall healthy diet.