Nutrition and Wellness Program – Administrative Regulations
- To provide meals that are appealing and attractive and served in clean and pleasant settings.
- To provide meals that meet nutrition requirements established by federal, state and local laws and regulations.
- To provide and encourage participation in the school breakfast, school lunch and encourage participation of eligible students in the free and reduce price meal program.
- To schedule meals at appropriate times and allow a minimum of ten (10) minutes to eat breakfast and twenty (20) minutes to eat lunch after being seated.
- To ensure that a la carte items meet recommended nutritional standards and limit the portion size of foods and beverages that are sold individually.
- To establish guidelines for content and portion size of food and beverages in vending machine located at schools and at other worksites.
- To establish guidelines for snacks and foods used for rewards, celebrations and school sponsored events.
- To establish guidelines for any foods that are included in fund-raising activities.
- To sponsor a summer nutrition program.
- To provide nutrition education to students through a planned sequential curriculum and a variety of classroom and lunchroom activities.
- To incorporate nutrition education in subjects such as mathematics, science, social studies and language arts.
- To provide nutrition education to families through newsletters, parent meetings and community activities.
- To provide staff development activities for school food service and all other employees.
Physical Activity Goals
- To provide a physical and social environment that encourages safe and enjoyable activity for all students, including those who are not athletically gifted.
- To provide a physical education program that emphasizes physical fitness, healthy lifestyles, includes the development of positive attitudes toward wellness and physical activity, safety guidelines, responsible behavior in physical activity settings, appreciation for a variety of physical activities, and an understanding of the relationship between physical activity, wellness and nutrition.
- To encourage physical activity during the recess period.
- To provide opportunities for physical activity during the school day in addition to scheduled physical education classes and to encourage and assist students to set personal fitness goals.
- To consider planning recess before lunch since research indicates that physical activity prior to lunch can increase nutrient intake and reduce food waste.
- To provide opportunities for physical activity in other subject area classes.
- To provide opportunities for physical activities for staff
- To encourage parents to promote physical activity and to participate in physical activities with their children.
Health and Safety Goals
- To ensure that all buildings, structures, and grounds are inspected and meet health and safety standards.
- To maintain a school and worksite environment that is free from tobacco.
- To maintain a school and worksite environment that is free from alcohol and drugs.
- To monitor routes to school and encourage walking and bicycle riding where appropriate and safe.
- To provide safe traffic patterns at school sites for students and vehicles before and after school.
- To provide a comprehensive health and safety education program for students.
- To provide career education awareness for careers I health and wellness related fields.
- To refer students, families and staff to health resources in the community
- Promote and support health and safety programs in the community.
Family and Community Involvement Goals
- To make facilities available to the community for wellness related activities through established procedures.
- To collaborate with community agencies and organizations to promote, support and encourage wellness activities in the community and support and encourage participation in community activities such as organized walks, health screenings, and educational programs.
Wellness Coordinator and Worksite Contact Persons
- The Superintendent shall appoint a Wellness Coordinator to manage and coordinate the implementation of the program.
- Each principal shall appoint a Wellness Contact for his/her school.
- The Superintendent shall appoint a Wellness Contact for the District Office.
Wellness Steering Committee
- Three representatives from the SAC Committee (one each elementary, middle school, and high school)
- Student representatives (one each from the middle school and high school)
- A School Board member
- School administrators – to include one from each of the three district levels, the Director of Student Services and the Supervisor of Food Services
- The Coordinator of School Nurses
- Physical Education teachers – one from each level (elementary, middle and high school
- Health Educator
- The Wellness Steering Committee will conduct a baseline assessment of current nutrition guidelines and activities, nutrition education, physical activity, involvement of students, families and staff in wellness activities and other wellness related topics.
- The Wellness Steering Committee will work with staff to develop a comprehensive wellness program based on the adopted goals and results of the initial assessment.
- The goals of the program will be implemented in a progressive manner. The plan will identify the goals for each year.
- The program shall be implemented at all grade levels for staff, parents and for the community.
- The program will be incorporated into existing parent involvement programs
- The Wellness Coordinator will work with the Wellness Contacts regarding implementation of the program.
Oversight, Evaluation and Modification
- The Wellness Steering Committee will monitor the implementation of the wellness program.
- The program will be assessed annually and data will be compared to the baseline data and, in subsequent years, to the previous year’s data.
- The committee shall report the results of the annual assessment to the Superintendent and the School Board.
- Recommendations for modifications in this policy and/or the program if appropriate shall be made after analyzing assessment data.
The following Core Strategies were developed in 2008 in partnership with the University of Iowa College of Public Health & the Roy J. Carver Charitable Trust as a component of the “Promoting Health and Reducing Obesity in Children: Building a National Model for Community-Based Programs” Project. The strategies will be implemented over three years (2008, 2009 & 2010).
- Strategy # 1.
Design and implement on-going education programs for students, their families and school district staff that will motivate and assist students in adopting and maintaining healthy eating and exercise behaviors.
- Strategy # 2.
Design and implement plans for providing all students with healthy breakfasts, snacks, and lunches.
- Strategy # 3.
Design and implement plans for incorporating regular, organized, & substantial physical activity as an integral component of daily school life for all students whose health status permits it.
- Strategy # 4
Develop an initial schedule for introducing the core strategies into selected schools and grades during the 2008-2009 school year; then track progress, refine the strategies, and phase-in other elementary and middle schools over a three-year period.
- Strategy # 5
Forge cooperative partnerships with local organizations and groups that share the Muscatine School District’s commitment to promoting good health and reducing obesity among children in the Muscatine community and are willing to contribute resources (monetary and non-monetary) to assist in advancing and institutionalizing this collaborative initiative.
Approved: 10/09/06 Reviewed: _04/28/14___ Revised: 04/13/09