The HHFKA 2010 Final Rule directs schools to review, update and report on their local wellness policy by:
Comparing your local wellness policy to a Model Wellness Policy
Assessing your school environment
Demonstrating progress made in attaining the goals of the local wellness policy
Sharing results of your school assessment, policy goal implementation and wellness policy updates with the public.
Don’t be shy! Celebrating your achievements will keep your team motivated to continue the great work.
Review and Revise
Annually reviewing your local wellness policy and comparing your goals to a Model Wellness Policy can ensure your school is on track with best practice. Gain feedback from families and engage community involvement in your wellness policy through parent survey’s, sharing a comment box on your website, etc. These steps can keep your wellness policy active and ensure a broader level of engagement and support of your wellness goals.
Update Your School Health Index Assessment
Assessing your school and updating your action plan regularly keeps your school on track and maintains momentum. An updated assessment also enables you to generate annual progress reports automatically that can be utilized for evaluation. While schools are federally required to formally report their progress and implementation triennially, annual updates to your school’s assessment and action plan provide a great tool to meet the annual requirement of publicly sharing your progress.
Evaluate and Publicly Report
Annually update your Assessment and Action plan to demonstrate building level progress towards your local wellness policy goals.
Use your Healthy Schools Program Year End District Report as a tool to annually capture your districts progress.
Talk with Our Expert
Michelle Owens is our National Policy Advisor. By contacting her, you can ask questions, learn best practices and get started creating a healthier school environment.
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