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Wellness Plan 2016-2017

Aquin Wellness Committee

Friday, October 28, 2016

7:45 AM

  1. Prayer

  1. Revisit Wellness Plan (Adopted October 2006 and Updated 2015) familiarize group with intended goals for the current year.

Overarching Goals:

  1. Increasing the amount of active opportunities for our students,

  2. Implementing K-6 nutrition programming in our Wellness classes (90% Active, 10% Nutrition)

  3. Grades 7/8 nutrition programming will be provided with the classroom and as part of PE offered at Cascade High School

  4. Student Government will be tasked with creating activities that support the wellness policy.

Component 1:  A Commitment to Nutrition and Physical Activity

  • A Wellness Committee, consisting of food service manager, teachers, student, and administrator has been created to address nutrition and physical activity issues.

Assessment Questions:

  1. Does the group representation meet the demographics required?

  2. Does the group meet a minimum of twice per year?

  3. Does the group continually address nutrition and physical activity issues? 

Component 2:  Quality School Meals

  • Menus will be monitored to assure they meet the nutritional standards established by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

    • November Compliance Visit—Certification Achieved (2014-2015)

    • Continue wrap as an option for middle school lunch

Assessment Questions:

  1. What is the process by which we gauge the nutritional value of our school meals?  How is this data entered?  Who enters this data?

  2. How are we educating our students about wellness throughout the day?  What specific topics are being covered? Is this coverage consistent across grade levels?

  3. How many students are eating the school meal?  Do these numbers correlate with certain menu items?  What trends exist?

Component 3:  Other Healthy Food Options

  • Parents will be encouraged to send healthy snacks for birthday treats or class celebrations.

  • Parents will be encouraged to provide healthy cold lunch meals for their child (pop prohibited as a cold lunch beverage).

  • Parents will be provided a list of appropriate and healthy snacks for school.

Assessment Questions:

  1. How and when have parents been made aware of our wellness policy?

  2. How and when have parents been made aware of nutritious options for classroom treats?

Component 4:  Pleasant Eating Experiences

  • Students will be provided enough time and space during lunch to eat and socialize in comfort.

    • Ensure that students are able to sit with friends, regardless of lunch choice.

    • Ensure that students have ample time to both eat and socialize.

    • Opportunity for students to walk the gym and socialize after they are finished eating lunch (for the remainder of the lunch period).

Assessment Questions:

  1. Do students have enough time to eat?

  2. Is the atmosphere as comfortable as possible?  Do any improvements need to be made?

  3. How and when have we provided opportunities for students to be active and social when they have finished eating?

Component 5:  Nutrition Education

  • Nutrition education will be an ongoing part of the K-8 curriculum, and assessed on an annual basis. 

  • The K-6 wellness teacher will explicitly add a nutrition unit to his course of study and will continue to work on developing healthy physical habits with students.

  • Students in grades 7/8 will receive nutrition education within their classrooms and during PE.

  • Nutrition content will be incorporated into student agendas.

Assessment Questions:

  1. When and how is nutrition education incorporated into the K-8 curriculum?

  2. What program or materials are used to teach nutrition education?

Component 6:  Marketing

  • Parent/Guardian information regarding proper nutrition and physical activity will be provided regularly in school newsletters.

    • Activity Tips

    • Upcoming events (both school and non-school) to promote healthy living.

  • Healthy snack article will be sent to families.

  • Nutrition and Wellness tips provided to students during daily announcements. 

Assessment Questions:

  1. How, when, and what are we using to educate families about nutrition and wellness?

  2. Is there a monthly addition to our newsletter that focuses on wellness and nutrition?

  3. How, when, and what are we doing to educate students about nutrition and wellness?


Student members of the group have been asked to speak with classmates to determine quarterly activities that would focus on wellness.  

Unit One--A brief jog prior to starting recess

Unit Two--TBD

Unit Three--TBD

  • As of April 10, 2015, an average of 80-90% of our students are eating daily school lunch.

  • Wraps need to evolve so that they are a more sought after option.

  • Programs to explore are Play 60 and Healthy Kids

  • Current wellness programming includes the heart obstacle course, food pyramid activities, a unit on bones, and jump rope for heart.

  1. Assessment Questions to Evaluate Goals

  2. Big Questions:

    1. How do we get Aquin more active?

      1. Monthly, whole school activities

      2. Quarterly Activities

      3. What do we need to accomplish between now and spring?


Focus for the 2016-2017 year will be on:

Nutrition Education

*Middle School curriculum in relation to health and nutrition components.

*On-going education in the K-5 program


*Parent newsletters include a Cafeteria news piece

*Parent information about healthy sack lunch options

Pleasant Eating Experience

*Discussion about enough time to eat lunch

Other Healthy Food Options

*Web site is updated with healthy snack options for parents