Nationwide, school wellness is starting to win in many districts thanks to stronger nutrition and physical activity policies and practices. It’s time to keep up the momentum with greater commitments from parents, school officials, and community leaders like you!
Learn how you can support school wellness policies today, and update your district’s policy to meet the USDA’s June 30 deadline.
Wellness policies are the cornerstone of all school health-related initiatives: from physical education to classroom celebrations, they guide and monitor schools’ progress over time.
Since 2004, any district participating in federal nutrition programs is required to create a wellness policy, and the USDA has strengthened the policy requirements over time. Key changes to wellness policies include:
By convening the district’s wellness council, Director of Child Nutrition Services Eric Holliday shared responsibilities and assigned roles to school staff, which enabled Alvord Unified School District to adopt a strong policy that was supported by the entire district.
Starting the wellness policy revision process seemed daunting until Jennifer Tatro, Director of Nutrition Services for Hutchinson School District, learned about the Alliance’s Model Wellness Policy, which gave her a jumpstart and prevented her from reinventing the wheel.
Need a refresher on the USDA’s final rule? Watch this short video and review the criteria outlined in our Model Wellness Policy. Then, browse the available tools and resources to address where you need help the most.
Join the Healthy Schools Program to access even more school health resources and to connect with national experts on physical education, child nutrition programs, wellness policies and more.
Schools are required to include the broader school community, including parents, students and other community members, in the wellness policy process. Your participation leads to policies that better reflect the ideas and needs of the entire community, so it’s important that you get involved!
Sharing your support for your wellness policy is easy thanks to the sample flyers, presentations, newsletter copy and social media posts included in these toolkits. Just personalize your messages to make them specific to your school’s activities.
Right click and select Save image to save these graphics to your desktop. Then, upload the image to your message when you share on social media.
We thank our campaign supporters who are committed to working with the Alliance, and the American Heart Association’s Voices for Healthy Kids initiative to ensure that school districts are developing and implementing strong school wellness policies.
This campaign was supported by Cooperative Agreement Number 1 NU1ADP003091-01, funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.