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.
Lakota Local Schools recognizes that schools and families working in collaboration play a critical role in promoting student health, preventing childhood obesity, and combating problems associated with poor nutrition and physical inactivity. We recognize that there is a direct link between a student's wellness and their academic success.
To formalize and encourage this role, the Lakota Local School District board passed a school wellness policy in 2006. This initiative helps students take steps to improve personal health and fitness and encourages the entire district to be physically active every day; eat a nutritious diet; get preventive screenings; and make healthy choices.
To help address some of these issues, the district has established a Wellness Committee. The committee is made up of students, parents, administrators, Registered Nurses, Registered Dietitians, teachers and staff.
We would like to share these resources with you and your family. It is not intended to replace routine care by your family health care provider, but rather to provide you with what we hope is practical, educational and useful information.
It is our hope that we may continue to work together to create a safe and healthy learning environment for both our students and their families.