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Revised Nutrition Policy
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Wednesday, August 19, 2015
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The district policy on wellness, physical activity, and NUTRITION was revised on 07/23/2015. 

STUDENTS                                                                                                                              09.2

Wellness, Physical Activity and Nutrition

The District is committed to providing school environments that promote and protect children’s health, well-being, and ability to learn by supporting healthy eating and physical activity. To this end, the Board supports school efforts to implement the following:

Ø  To the maximum extent practicable, schools will participate in available federal school meal programs including the School Breakfast Program, National School Lunch Program (including after-school snacks), Summer Food Service Program, Fruit and Vegetables Snack Program, and Child and Adult Care Food Program (including suppers).

Ø  Schools will provide and promote nutrition education and physical education to foster lifelong habits of healthy eating and physical activity and will establish linkages between health education, school meal programs, and related community services.

Nutrition Promotion and Education, Physical Activity, and Other School-Based Activities

Each school is to set measurable goals in providing nutrition education and engaging in nutrition promotion to positively influence lifelong eating behaviors. Suggested language may include goals related to activities and opportunities:

Ø  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;

Ø  offered as part of not only health education classes, but also classroom instruction in subjects such as math, science, language arts, social sciences, and elective subjects;

Ø  that include enjoyable, developmentally-appropriate, culturally-relevant, participatory activities, such as contests, promotions, taste testing, farm visits, and school gardens;

Ø  that promote fruits, vegetables, whole grain products, low-fat and fat-free dairy products, healthy food preparation methods, and health-enhancing nutrition practices;

Ø  that emphasize caloric balance between food intake and energy expenditure (physical activity/exercise);

Ø  that link with school meal programs, other school foods, and nutrition-related community services;

Ø  that provide all students with opportunities, support, and encouragement to be physically active on a regular basis as provided by school/council policy. Schools with K-5 organization, or any configuration thereof, shall include in their wellness policy, moderate to vigorous physical activity each day in accordance with KRS 160.345 and Board Policy 02.4241;

Ø  that teach media literacy with an emphasis on food marketing; and

Ø  that include training for teachers and other staff.


STUDENTS                                                                                                                              09.2

                                                                                                                                    (Continued)

Wellness, Physical Activity and Nutrition

Nutrition Guidelines for all Foods

Each school is to follow minimum federal and state nutrition standards. Below is suggested language for the District to choose from to reach District specific desired outcomes:

Ø  Foods and beverages sold during the school day shall be done in accordance with state and federal regulations and Board Policies 07.111 and 07.12.

Ø  Foods and beverages sold or served at school shall be consistent with the federal regulations for school meal nutrition standards. Nutrition guidelines for all foods and beverages served or sold on campus shall be maintained by the Superintendent/designee and made available upon request. The Superintendent shall designate an individual or individuals to monitor compliance of beverages and food sold ala carte with state and federal nutrition requirements.

Ø  Qualified child nutrition professionals will provide students with access to a variety of affordable, nutritious, and appealing foods that meet the health and nutrition needs of students; will accommodate the religious, ethnic, and cultural diversity of the student body in meal planning; and will provide clean, safe, and pleasant settings and adequate time for students to eat.

Ø  When possible, rewards given to students shall be other than food/beverage items. When food/beverage items are used as rewards, such items shall comply with nutritional guidelines set out in Kentucky Administrative Regulation. Rewards given to students are at the Principal’s discretion.

School Wellness Plans

After reviewing guidelines set out in District Policy 09.2, each school shall develop a Wellness Plan detailing how those guidelines shall be incorporated in the school.

Evaluation and Enforcement

      Leadership:

The Superintendent/designee will monitor compliance with established District-wide nutrition and physical activity wellness policies and related policies. At the school level, the Principal/designee will monitor compliance with those policies in his/her school and will report on the school's compliance as directed by the Superintendent/designee.

The District shall form a District Wellness Committee and actively seek to engage students, parents, physical and/or health education teachers, school food service professionals, school health professionals, school board members, schooladministrators, and other interested community members in developing, implementing, monitoring, and reviewing this policy.


STUDENTS                                                                                                                              09.2

                                                                                                                                    (Continued)

Student Welfare and Wellness

Evaluation and Enforcement (continued)

Annual Progress Report:

The District shall inform and update the public annually on the content and progress of implementation of its school wellness efforts. The report shall include:

1.      The District website and/or other information on how the public can access copies of school and District Wellness Policies;

2.      A summary of each school’s wellness events and/or activities;

3.      A description of each school’s progress in meeting the school wellness goals;

4.      Contact information for the leader(s) of the Wellness Committee; and

5.      Information on how individuals can get involved.

Assessment

The District shall measure and make available to the public once every three (3) years at a minimum, the content and progress of implementation of its school wellness efforts. The report shall include:

1.      Extent to which the District is in compliance with this policy;

2.      A comparison of how the District measures up to model wellness policies provided by recognized state and national authorities; and

3.      A description of the measurable progress made towards reaching goals of the District wellness policy and addressing any gaps identified in the wellness report for the previous year.

References:

KRS 158.850; KRS 158.854

702 KAR 006:090

P. L. 111-296

7 C.F.R. Part 210; 7 C.F.R. Part 220

U. S. Dept. of Agriculture’s Dietary Guidelines for Americans

Related Policies:

02.4241, 07.1, 07.111, 07.12

Adopted/Amended: 7/23/2015

Order #:         17.3

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