Our Wellness PolicyWellnessPolicy.pdf
Why a Wellness Policy?Childhood Obesity
& Diet Related Illness
- Our School Nutrition Program complies with federal, state and local requirements.
- Our School Nutrition Program is accessible to all children.
- We provide and promote nutrition education.
- We encourage meaningful physical fitness activities for all children.
- All school-based activities are consistent with local wellness policy goals.
- Recommend that all foods and beverages made available on campus (including vending, concessions, a la carte, student stores, parties, and fundraising) during the school day are consistent with the current Dietary Guidelines for Americans.
- Insure that all foods made available on campus adhere to food safety and security guidelines.
- Provide a school environment that is safe, comfortable, pleasing, and allows ample time and space for eating meals.
- Insure that food and/or physical activity is not used as a reward or punishment.
- School Nutrition Association
- USDA Food & Nutrition Services
- Centers for Disease Control
- National School Boards Association
- National PTA
- Action for Healthy Kids
- American Dietetic Association
- Food Research and Action Center
- Elementary/Secondary School Principals
- National Association of School Nurses
- USDA Cooperative Extension
- National Dairy Council
- Society for Nutrition Education
- The National Association for Sport and Physical Education
- Council of Chief State School Officers
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.
A statement from our District Nurse, Belinda Stivers:
Welcome to School Health Services!!
I have the unique opportunity as a registered nurse to practice school nursing in the school community that I love! This school year marks my twentieth year as the school nurse at Eminence Independent Schools. It continues to be such a rewarding experience to be a part of a school community that values school nursing and makes health and wellness a priority.
Please feel free to contact me anytime you need assistance or if you need information in an alternate format.
Eminence Independent Schools are participating in the Alliance for a Healthier Generation’s Healthy Schools Program. We will be working with the Alliance to transform our school into an environment where students eat healthier and move more.
Learn more about the Healthy Schools Program and the Alliance for a Healthier Generation at:http://schools.healthiergeneration.org
If you have any questions or suggestions about our participation in the initiative or would like to get involved with our team, please contact me.
Thanks for making Eminence Independent Schools a healthier place for students to live, learn and grow!