Wellness Policy

Trinity Lutheran Church and School

We will prepare our students to be responsible members of the Christian community, strong in faith and equipped with the knowledge and skill to live as powerful, forgiven witnesses of Christ and His love.

Wellness Policy

A disturbing number of children are inactive and do not eat well. The result is an alarming 16 percent of children and adolescents are overweight – a three-fold increase since 1980.1 Congress passed the Child Nutrition and WIC Reauthorization Act of 2004 on June 30, 2004.2 Recognizing the role schools can play in health promotion, this law requires local education agencies participating in a program authorized by the National School Lunch Act or the Child Nutrition Act of 1966 to develop a wellness policy with the objectives of improving the school nutrition environment, promoting student health and reducing childhood obesity (PL 108-265, Sec. 204). In addition, Public Act 094-0199 requires the Illinois State Board of Education to establish a state goal that all districts have a wellness policy

Belief Statement:

  • We believe at Hoffman Trinity Lutheran School that our bodies are gifts from God himself and are to be used to His glory!
  • We recognize that children need access to healthful foods and opportunities to be physically active in order to grow, learn, and thrive.
  • We know that good health also fosters better student attendance and education.
  • We know that obesity rates have doubled in children and tripled in adolescents over the last two decades, and physical inactivity and excessive calorie intake are the predominant causes of obesity.

· We know that the major risk factors including, unhealthy eating habits, physical inactivity, and obesity for diseases like heart disease, cancer, stroke and diabetes, are often established during childhood.

· We believe as a board and staff that we must be committed to providing a school environment that promotes and protects children’s health, well-being, and ability to learn by teaching the students and sharing with parents and guardians the reasons that God would want us to eat healthy and be physically active.

Therefore, as the board and staff of Hoffman Trinity Lutheran School:

    1. We will be committed to meeting the requirements of the Child Nutrition and WIC Reauthorization Act of 2004 and the Illinois School Code, by setting and meeting goals for nutrition, nutrition education and physical activity.
    2. We will be committed to providing a school environment that promotes and protects children’s health, well-being, and ability to learn by teaching and being examples to the students and sharing with parents and guardians the reasons that God would want us to eat healthy and be physically active.
    3. The school will engage students, parents, teachers, food service professionals, health professionals, and other interested community members in developing, implementing, monitoring, and reviewing this policy.
    4. All students in grades K-8 will have opportunities, support, and encouragement to be physically active on a regular basis.
    5. Foods and beverages sold or served during school will meet the nutrition recommendations of the U.S. Dietary Guidelines for Americans.
    6. Qualified lunch room staff will provide students with a variety of nutritious and appealing foods that meet the health and nutrition needs of students; and will provide clean, safe, and pleasant settings and adequate time for students to eat.
    7. Schools will provide nutrition education and physical education to foster lifelong habits of healthy eating and physical activity.


I. School Health Committee:

  • The school will create a committee to develop, implement, monitor, review, and, as necessary, revise school nutrition and physical activity policies. (A school health committee consists of a group of individuals representing the school and community, and should include parents, students, representatives of the school food authority, members of the school board, school administrators, teachers, health professionals, and members of the public.)

II. Nutritional Quality of Foods and Beverages Sold and Served on Campus

School Meals served through the National School Lunch will:

· be appealing and attractive to children

  • be served in clean and pleasant settings
  • meet, at a minimum, nutrition requirements established by local, state, and federal statutes and regulations
  • offer a variety of fruits and vegetables
  • serve only low-fat (1%)and fat-free milk;
  • offer a variety of whole grains.

Free and Reduced-priced Meals

  • We will make every effort to eliminate any social stigma attached to, and prevent the overt identification of, students who are eligible for free and reduced-price school meals.
  • We will make the information available often for parents to apply for the free and reduced meals program.

Meal Times and Scheduling

  • We will provide students with at least 20 minutes after sitting down for lunch;
  • We will schedule meal periods at appropriate times, e.g., lunch should be scheduled between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.;
  • We will provide students access to hand washing before they eat meals or snacks.

Qualifications of School Food Service Staff

  • Qualified nutrition professionals will administer the school meal programs. As part of the school district’s responsibility to operate a food service program, we will provide continuing professional development for all nutrition professionals in schools. Staff development programs should include appropriate certification and/or training programs for any one that deals with the national school lunch program, according to their levels of responsibility.

Sharing of Foods and Beverages

· Schools should discourage students from sharing their foods or beverages with one another during meal or snack times, given concerns about allergies and other restrictions on some children’s diets.

Foods and Beverages Sold Individually (i.e., foods sold outside of reimbursable school meals, such as through vending machines, cafeteria a la carte [snack] lines, fundraisers, school stores, etc.)

· The school food service program will approve and provide all food and beverage sales to students in our school. Given young children’s limited nutrition skills, food in elementary schools should be sold as balanced meals. If available, foods and beverages sold individually should be limited to low-fat and non-fat milk, fruits, and non-fried vegetables.


· Snacks served during the school day or in after-school care or enrichment programs will make a positive contribution to children’s diets and health, with an emphasis on serving fruits and vegetables as the primary snacks and water as the primary beverage. The school will make a list of healthful snack items to be given to teachers, after-school program personnel, and parents.

· Birthday parties and holiday celebrations need to be set up with a teacher before food maybe brought in. Food should be of a healthy variety and no soda should be brought in.

· Bag lunches that are brought in may not have soda in them. (Some other suggestions include milk, purchased at school, or juice or water.)

· Pizza parties are prohibited during lunch time! We can not have pizzas delivered and eaten as a lunch, instead of having a school lunch or bringing a bag lunch.


  • Our school will not use food or beverages, as rewards for academic performance or good behavior, and will not withhold food or beverages (including food served through school meals) as a punishment.


  • Our school will limit celebrations that involve food during the school day to no more than four parties per class per month. Each party should include no more than one food or beverage that does not meet nutrition standards for foods and beverages sold individually. The school will disseminate a list of healthy party ideas to parents and teachers.

School-sponsored Events (such as, but not limited to, athletic events, dances, or performances)

· Foods and beverages offered or sold at school-sponsored events outside the school day will meet the nutrition standards for meals or for foods and beverages sold individually (below).

· Food items sold in the concession stand and other fundraisers are to be of a variety. Several different foods should be offered with a variety of fat and calorie contents.

· A choice of at least two fruits and/or non-fried vegetables will be offered for sale at any location on the school site where foods are sold. Such items could include, but are not limited to, fresh fruits and vegetables; 100% fruit or vegetable juice; fruit-based drinks that are at least 50% fruit juice and that do not contain additional caloric sweeteners; cooked, dried, or canned fruits (canned in fruit juice or light syrup); and cooked, dried, or canned vegetables (that meet the below fat Foods.)

A food item sold individually:

· Allowed: water or seltzer water[1] without added caloric sweeteners; fruit and vegetable juices and fruit-based drinks that contain at least 50% fruit juice and that do not contain additional caloric sweeteners; unflavored or flavored low-fat or fat-free fluid milk and nutritionally-equivalent nondairy beverages (to be defined by USDA);

· Not allowed: soft drinks containing caloric sweeteners; sports drinks; energy drinks; iced teas; fruit-based drinks that contain less than 50% real fruit juice or that contain additional caloric sweeteners; beverages containing caffeine, excluding low-fat or fat-free chocolate milk (which contain trivial amounts of caffeine).

· will have no more than 35% of its calories from fat (excluding nuts, seeds,

  • peanut butter, and other nut butters) and 10% of its calories from saturated and trans fat combined;
  • will have no more than 35% of its weight from added sugars;[1][1]
  • will contain no more than 230 mg of sodium per serving for chips, cereals, crackers, French fries, baked goods, and other snack items; will contain no more than 480 mg of sodium per serving for pastas, meats, and soups; and will contain no more than 600 mg of sodium for pizza, sandwiches, and main dishes.

III. Nutrition and Physical Activity Promotion and Food Marketing

Nutrition Education and Promotion

Trinity Lutheran School aims to teach, encourage, and support healthy eating by students. Schools should provide nutrition education and engage in nutrition promotion that:

  • is offered at each grade level as part of a sequential, comprehensive, standards-based program designed to provide students with the knowledge and skills necessary to promote and protect their health;
  • is part of not only health education classes, but also classroom instruction in subjects such as math, science, language arts, social sciences, and elective subjects;
  • includes enjoyable, developmentally-appropriate, culturally-relevant, participatory activities, such as contests, promotions, taste testing, farm visits, and school gardens;
  • promotes fruits, vegetables, whole grain products, low-fat and fat-free dairy products, healthy food preparation methods, and health-enhancing nutrition practices;
  • emphasizes caloric balance between food intake and energy expenditure (physical activity/exercise);
  • links with school meal programs, other school foods, and nutrition-related community services;
  • teaches media literacy with an emphasis on food marketing;
  • includes training for teachers and other staff.

Integrating Physical Activity into the Classroom Setting.

For students to receive the nationally-recommended amount of daily physical activity (i.e., at least 60 minutes per day) and for students to fully embrace regular physical activity as a personal behavior, students need opportunities for physical activity beyond physical education class. Toward that end:

  • classroom health education will complement physical education by reinforcing the knowledge and self-management skills needed to maintain a physically-active lifestyle and to reduce time spent on sedentary activities, such as watching television;
  • opportunities for physical activity will be incorporated into other subject lessons;
  • classroom teachers will provide short physical activity breaks between lessons or classes, as appropriate.

Communications with Parents

  • Our school will support parents’ efforts to provide a healthy diet and daily physical activity for their children. Our school may send home nutrition information, post nutrition tips on school websites, and provide nutrient analyses of school menus. Our school encourages parents to pack healthy lunches and snacks and to refrain from including beverages and foods that do not meet the nutrition standards for individual foods and beverages. Our school will provide parents a list of foods that meet the snack standards and ideas for healthy celebrations/parties, rewards, and fundraising activities.
  • Our school may provide information about physical education and other school-based physical activity opportunities before, during, and after the school day; and support parents’ efforts to provide their children with opportunities to be physically active outside of school. Such supports will include sharing information about physical activity and physical education through a website, newsletter, or other take-home materials, special events, or physical education homework.

Staff Wellness

  • Hoffman Trinity Lutheran School District highly values the health and well-being of every staff member and will encourage activities that support personal efforts by staff to maintain a healthy lifestyle. The staff will discuss way in which they can improve their health at the monthly staff meetings.

IV. Physical Activity Opportunities and Physical Education

Daily Physical Education (P.E.) K-8

  • All students in grades K-8, including students with disabilities, special health-care needs, and in alternative educational settings, will receive daily physical education (or its equivalent of 150 minutes/week for elementary school students)for the entire school year. Student involvement in other activities involving physical activity (e.g., interscholastic or intramural sports) will not be substituted for meeting the physical education requirement. Students will spend at least 50 percent of physical education class time participating in moderate to vigorous physical activity.

Daily Recess

  • Our school goal will be to have all school students in K-6 have at least 20 minutes a day of supervised recess, preferably outdoors, during which staff will encourage moderate to vigorous physical activity verbally and through the provision of space and equipment.
  • We discourage extended periods (i.e., periods of two or more hours) of inactivity. When activities, such as mandatory school-wide testing, make it necessary for students to remain indoors for long periods of time, staff will give students periodic breaks during which they are encouraged to stand and be moderately active.

Physical Activity Opportunities After School

  • When possible our school will offer extracurricular physical activity programs, such as physical activity clubs or intramural programs. Schools will offer a range of activities that meet the needs, interests, and abilities of all students.
  • After-school child care and enrichment programs will seek to provide and encourage – verbally and through the provision of space, equipment, and activities – daily periods of moderate to vigorous physical activity for all participants, as weather permits.

Physical Activity and Punishment

  • Teachers and other school and community personnel will not use physical activity as a punishment. However, when necessary students may be required to miss a physical activity opportunities to ensure other educational requirements are being met. Also, during physical education class students who display inappropriate behavior may be assigned alternated activities to ensure “at least 50 percent of physical education class time participating in moderate to vigorous physical activity”.

Safe Routes to School

  • Our school district will assess and, if necessary and to the extent possible, make needed improvements to make it safer and easier for students to walk and bike to school. When appropriate, the school will work together with the people of the community to assist in this endeavor. The school will encourage students to use the bike path to get to and from school safely. The staff will also speak about the safety of walking and biking to school.

Use of School Facilities Outside of School Hours

  • When possible (with trustee approval), school spaces and facilities will be available to students, staff, and community members before, during, and after the school day, on weekends, and during school vacations. These spaces and facilities also should be available to community agencies and organizations offering physical activity and programs. School policies concerning safety will apply at all times.

V. Monitoring and Policy Review


  • The principal will ensure compliance with established school nutrition and physical activity wellness policies. The school health committee will ensure compliance with the policies in our school and will report on the school’s compliance to the school principal each year.
  • School food service staff, at the school, will ensure compliance with nutrition policies within school food service areas and will report on this matter to the school principal. In addition, the school district will report on the most recent USDA School Meals Initiative (SMI) review findings and any resulting changes. If the district has not received a SMI review from the state agency within the past five years, the district will request from the state agency that a SMI review be scheduled as soon as possible.
  • The principal will develop a summary report every other year on compliance with the school’s established nutrition and physical activity wellness policies, based on input from the school health committee within the district. That report will be provided to the school board and also distributed to the parents through the school web-site.

Policy Review

  • The school board will assess the policy beginning in June 2007 and will repeat it every three years to help review policy compliance, assess progress, and determine areas in need of improvement. As part of that review, the school board will review our nutrition and physical activity policies; provision of an environment that supports healthy eating and physical activity; and nutrition and physical education policies and program elements.

  • The school health committee, will, as necessary, revise the wellness policies and develop work plans to facilitate their implementation.

Attachment A

Food or


HealthierUS School Challenge Nutrition Standards*

These criteria focus on decreasing fat and added sugar, increasing nutrient density, and moderating portion size.

Fruits and Non-fried Vegetables

Fruits and vegetables may be fresh, frozen, canned or dried, and they must be found in the Food Buying Guide for Child Nutrition Programs.


Examples of products that cannot be sold/served as a fruit or vegetable include:

  • Snack-type foods made from vegetables or fruits, such as potato chips, and banana chips;
  • Pickle relish, jam, jelly; and
  • Tomato catsup and chili sauce



  • Flavored or plain reduced fat (2%), low-fat (1%), skim/nonfat fluid milk meeting State and local standards for pasteurized fluid milk and/or USDA approved alternative dairy beverages4;
  • 100% full-strength fruit and vegetable juices; and
  • Water (non-flavored, non-sweetened, and non-carbonated)

Any Other Individual



  • Calories from total fat must be at or below 35%**, excluding nuts, seeds, and nut butters. This is determined by dividing the calories from total fat by the total calories and multiplying by 100. If calories from fat are not available, multiply the grams of fat by 9 to equal calories from fat.
  • Calories from saturated fat must be at or below 10%. This is determined by dividing the calories from saturated fat by the total calories and multiplying by 100. If calories from saturated fat are not available, multiply grams of saturated fat by 9 to equal calories from saturated fat.
  • Total sugar must be at or below 35% by weight. This is determined by dividing the grams of total sugar by the gram weight of the product and multiplying by 100. This includes both naturally occurring and added sugars. This limit does not include fruits and vegetables or flavored milk as defined above.
  • Portion size for a la carte sales in the school cafeteria are not to exceed the serving size of the food served in the National School Lunch Program/School Breakfast Program; for vending sales the item package or container is not to exceed 200 calories.

Attachment B

Healthful Food and Beverage Options for School Functions*

Birthday parties in the classrooms must be scheduled with your child’s teacher. There are to be no more than 4 parties a month, so you may want to combine parties with other students. No parties will be held during lunch time. Mid- morning or prior to school dismissal are ideal times (at the teacher’s discretion).

At any school function (parties, celebrations, meetings, etc.) healthful food options should be made available to promote student, staff and community wellness. Examples of nutritious food and beverages that are consistent with the Dietary Guidelines for Americans are listed below.

  • Raw vegetable sticks/slices with low-fat dressing or yogurt dip
  • Fresh fruit wedges – cantaloupe, honey dew, watermelon, pineapple, oranges, tangelos, etc.
  • Sliced fruit – nectarines, peaches, kiwi, star fruit, plums, pears, mangos, apples, etc.
  • Fruit salad
  • Cereal and low-fat milk
  • 100% fruit or vegetable juice
  • Frozen fruit pops with fruit juice or fruit as the first ingredient
  • Dried fruits – raisins, cranberries, apples, apricots
  • Single serving applesauce or canned fruit in juice
  • Peanut butter with apple wedges or celery sticks
  • Fruit smoothies made with fat-free or low-fat milk
  • Trail mix (dried fruits and nuts)
  • Dry roasted peanuts, tree nuts and soy nuts (not coconut or palm nuts)
  • Lean meats and reduced fat cheese sandwiches (use light or reduced fat mayonnaise in chicken/tuna salads)
  • Party mix (variety of cereals, nuts, pretzels, etc.)
  • Pretzels or reduced fat crackers
  • Baked chips with salsa or low-fat dip (Ranch, onion, bean, etc.)
  • Low-fat muffins (small or mini), granola bars and cookies (graham crackers, fig bars)
  • Mini bagels with whipped light or fat-free cream cheese
  • Pasta salad
  • Bread sticks with marinara
  • Fat-free or low-fat flavored yogurt & fruit parfaits
  • Fat-free or low-fat pudding cups
  • Fat-free or low-fat milk and milk products (string cheese, single-serving cottage cheese, cheese cubes)
  • Flavored soy milk fortified with calcium
  • Pure ice cold water

*This list is not all inclusive and is meant only to provide parents and school staff with guidance for healthier food and beverage choices. Not all food and beverage items on this list will necessarily meet district nutrient standards (Attachment A) as items vary in sugar, fat and calorie content from brand to brand. However, all of the items in the list are believed to be consistent with the intent of the wellness policy to promote student health and reduce childhood obesity.

Attachment C

Classroom Rewards

· A smile

· Going first

· Verbal praise

· Sit by friends

· Teaching the class

· Helping the teacher

· Enjoy class outdoors

· A field trip for the class

· Choosing a class activity

· Walk with a teacher during lunch

· Eat lunch outdoors with the class

· Eat lunch with a teacher or principal

· Extra credit or class participation points

· Taking care of the class animal for a day

· Have lunch or breakfast in the classroom

· A photo recognition board in a prominent location in the school

· A note from the teacher to the student commending his or her achievement

· A phone call, email, or letter sent home to parents or guardians commending a child’s accomplishment

· Recognition of a child’s achievement on the school-wide morning announcements or school website

· Ribbon, certificate in recognition of achievement or a sticker with an affirming message (e.g. “Great job”)

· Take a trip to the treasure box (filled with: stickers, temporary tattoos, pencils, pens, highlighters, sidewalk chalk, notepads, erasers, bookmarks, etc.)

[1] Surprisingly, seltzer water may not be sold during meal times in areas of the school where food is sold or eaten because it is considered a “Food of Minimal Nutritional Value” (Appendix B of 7 CFR Part 210).

[1][1] If a food manufacturer fails to provide the added sugars content of a food item, use the percentage of weight from total sugars (in place of the percentage of weight from added sugars), and exempt fruits, vegetables, and dairy foods from this total sugars limit.