The primary goals of the District Wellness Program are to promote student health, reduce student obesity, facilitate student learning of life-long healthy habits, and increase student achievement.
We know that...
...Healthy Kids Learn Better.
Research clearly demonstrates that good nutrition is linked to better behavior and academic performance. To provide the best possible learning environment for children, schools must also provide an environment that supports healthy behaviors.
...a Clear Policy Provides Consistent Messages.
Providing healthy classroom celebrations demonstrates a school commitment to promoting healthy behaviors. It supports the classroom lessons students are learning about health, instead of contradicting them. Healthy celebrations promote positive lifestyle choices that reduce student health risks and improve learning.
...a Clear Policy Promotes a HealthySchool Environment.
In order to positively change eating behaviors, students need to receive consistent, reliable health information and ample opportunity to use it. Healthy celebrations are an important part of providing a healthy school environment.
...a Clear Policy Creates Excitement About Nutrition.
Children are excited about new and different things, including fun party activities and healthy snacks. School staff and parents need not worry that children will be disappointed if typical party foods are not served in the classroom. Holiday treats and traditional birthday parties with cake can still be available at home!
...a Clear Policy Protects Children with Food Allergies.
When parents send in food, it is difficult to ensure the safety of children with food allergies. Schools can protect food allergic children by providing nonfood celebrations.