School wellness committees bring school staff, families, students and community members together to address pressing student health issues. They also may:
- Advise the school board/district on school/community health issues
- Coordinate efforts and programs that exist in the district and the community
- Identify student/staff health needs
- Monitor and evaluate implementation of district health and wellness policies and programs
Step 1: Build a Team
Don’t let your school wellness committee be a “party of one”. It is essential to the success of your wellness efforts that you recruit others to assist you through the Healthy Schools Program’s Six-Step Process.
Step 2: Start Recruiting
You have your list of potential members, now it’s time to build your team. Be prepared to answer questions about members’ roles and responsibilities and time commitments when you speak with potential members.
This Sample Wellness Committee Invitation can be emailed, snail mailed or hand delivered to prospective team members.
Don’t forget, team members may change based on action plan priorities, school needs and district goals.
Step 3: Plan a Meeting
Once your wellness committee is formed, use the Wellness Committee Meeting Guide to schedule at least four committee meetings each school year. Next you will need to determine what aspects of your district's current policies and practices concerning nutrition, physical activity and staff wellness are working, and what needs to be improved.
Use the templates provided in the School Wellness Toolkit to kick off your school wellness committee meetings and keep them on course throughout the school year:
Now that you have a wellness committee formed, you’re ready to start refreshing your policy.
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