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District Wellness Policy

 The Wautoma Area School District promotes healthy schools by supporting wellness, good nutrition, and regular physical activity as a part of the total learning environment. The District supports a healthy environment where children learn and participate in positive dietary and lifestyle practices. By facilitating learning through the support and promotion of good nutrition and physical activity, schools contribute to the basic health status of children. Improved health optimizes student performance. The Wautoma Area School District, in accordance with the Child Nutrition and WIC Reauthorization Act of 2004, and the Healthy Hungry-Free Kids Act (HHFKA) of 2010 establishes the following wellness policy.


Local Wellness Policy Component 1: Food Service

The Food service department will provide healthy meals and meal alternatives as part of the educational environment. 

• Ensure all meals offered through the National School Breakfast, Lunch and Afterschool Snack Programs meet and follow all USDA Government Nutritional Standards and State regulations. 

• Will promote healthy living by implementing nutrition education materials into the meal program. 

• With the assistance and support of school administrators, provide a positive environment in school cafeterias by providing adequate time (20 minutes) for students to eat school meals, appropriate supervision for safe behavior and convenient access to potable water and hand washing facilities. 
  •  Ensure that all competitive foods available to students in the dining area during school food service hours   will comply with the Healthier US School Challenge and or USDA Competitive Food Guidelines. 

Nutrition Standards: Provide nutrient dense foods, i.e. whole grains, fresh fruits, fresh vegetables, lean meats and fat free or 1% milk.  Food options will be low in sugar and sodium and have no more than 10% of total calories from saturated fat with zero grams of trans fat per serving with age appropriate portion sizes.  * Information posted on school website. 

• Provide on-going professional training and development for foodservice staff.


Local Wellness Policy Component 2: Establishing Nutrition Standards for All Foods Available on School Campus during the school day (midnight until 30 minutes following school dismissal).

Students' lifelong eating habits are greatly influenced by the types of foods and beverages available to them.  Standards address all foods and beverages sold or served to students, available outside of the school meal programs. These standards should focus on increasing nutrient density, decreasing fat and added sugars, and moderating portion size. The District shall follow USDA HealthierUS School Challenge and /or USDA Competitive Food Guidelines (posted on school website) regarding:


• Foods and beverages sales on school campuses.

* Soda and candy will not be permitted during the school day.

• Foods and beverages sold in vending machines and school stores on school campuses.

      *Vending off and no food sold in school store during meal times. Only plain water, LF-FF milk, and 100% fruit juice will be sold during the school day in required portion sizes.

• Foods and beverages sold as part of school-sponsored activities.

• Refreshments served at parties, celebrations, and meetings during the school day.

      *Celebration options provided on school website, student handbook, and in building offices.

• Fundraising and concessions efforts support a healthy lifestyle.

      *Fundraising options provided on school website.

      * At least 50% of items offered in concessions will be    healthy foods and beverages.

• The District Wellness Council will sponsor school activities that promote health and wellness. 

• Food will not be used as a reward or punishment. 


Local Wellness Policy Component 3: Setting Nutrition Education Goals

The primary goal of nutrition education is to influence students' eating behaviors. The following goals shall be incorporated into building level food service delivery, through health education, physical education instruction, and other means deemed appropriate by building administration under the advisement of the Wellness Council.


• Students K -12 receive nutrition education that is interactive and teaches the skills they need to adopt healthy eating behaviors.

• Nutrition education is offered in the school dining room as well as in the classroom, with coordination between the foodservice staff and teachers. 

• Students receive consistent nutrition messages throughout the school, classroom, and cafeteria. 

• Nutrition is integrated into the Health Education and some electives (e.g. FACE) curriculum and the core curriculum (e.g., Math, Science, English and Social Studies). 

• Staff who provide nutrition education have appropriate training. 

      • All staff are encouraged to model healthy behaviors.


Local Wellness Policy Component 4: Setting Physical Activity Goals

The primary goal for a school's physical activity component is to provide opportunities for every student to develop the knowledge and skills for specific physical activities, maintain physical fitness, regularly participate in physical activity, and understand the short- and long-term benefits of a physically active and healthy lifestyle. 

• At a minimum will have access to physical activity on a regular basis, in accordance with DPI guidelines. Denying or requiring physical activity as a punishment is prohibited. 

• All students will be given opportunities for physical activity during the school day through daily recess periods, elective and required physical education (PE) classes, and the integration of physical activity into the academic curriculum. 

• All students will be given opportunities for physical activity through a range of after-school programs such as intramurals, interscholastic athletics, and physical activity clubs. Community use of district buildings outside of school hours will be encouraged. 

• The District Wellness Council will explore ways to increase the opportunity for physical activities for all students in each school. 

• State and district Physical Education curriculum standards and guidelines are followed for all students K-12. 

• Physical education classes will have the same student-to-teacher ratios used in other non-core classes. 

• The physical education program will be provided adequate space and equipment and conform to all applicable safety standards.

• Physical education will be taught by a licensed instructor. 

• The District will provide staff with adequate training in Physical Education. 

• The District will not give physical education credit for participation in extracurricular activities.


Local Wellness Policy Component 5: Evaluation 

  • Establish and maintain a wellness council to advise and implement wellness policy, procedures, measurable goals and compliance.  Annual report provided to update the school board, community, staff and students. 
  • The Wellness Council shall be on going and be comprised of, but not limited to, administrators, physical  education teacher,  food service director, health teacher, community members, school  board   members, parents and students.
  • The Wellness Council shall meet at least annually to review nutrition and physical activity policies, evidence  on student health impact, and effective programs and program elements. The Building Administrator, or their designee, shall be responsible for implementing the School Wellness policy in their respective building.
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