Setting Goals for Other School-Based Activities
Designed to Promote Student Wellness
provided here may still be used
by local educational agencies in
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The goal is to create a total school environment that is conducive to healthy eating and being physically active.
The following are examples of policy language for school districts to consider while drafting policy for Other School-Based Activities. They are adapted from the USDA's Changing the Scene and the National Association of School Boards of Education's Fit, Healthy & Ready to Learn. Each can be used as an item in a wellness policy or to help you as you think about policy language for developing your own policy. Feel free to expand them or make them more specific, quantifiable, and/or stringent to meet your district's needs.
Sample Policy Language
- Dining Environment
- The school district provides a clean, safe, enjoyable meal environment for students.
- The school district provides enough space and serving areas to ensure all students have access to school meals with minimum wait time.
- The school district makes drinking fountains available in all schools, so that students can get water at meals and throughout the day.
- The school district encourages all students participate in school meals program and protect the identity of students who eat free and reduced price meals.
- Time to Eat
- The school district will ensure an adequate time for students to enjoy eating healthy foods with friends in schools.
- The school district will schedule lunch time as near the middle of the school day as possible.
- The school district will schedule recess for elementary schools before lunch so that children will come to lunch less distracted and ready to eat.
- Food or Physical Activity as a Reward or Punishment
- The school district will prohibit the use of food as a reward or punishment in schools.
- The school district will not deny student participation in recess or other physical activities as a form of discipline or for classroom make-up time.
- Consistent School Activities and Environment
- The school district will ensure that all schools' fundraising efforts are supportive of healthy eating.
- The school district will provide opportunities for on-going professional training and development for foodservice staff and teachers in the areas of nutrition and physical education.
- The school district will make efforts to keep school or district-owned physical activity facilities open for use by students outside school hours.
- The school district encourages parents, teachers, school administrators, students, foodservice professionals, and community members to serve as role models in practicing healthy eating and being physically active, both in school and at home.
- The school district encourages and provides opportunities for students, teachers, and community volunteers to practice health eating and serve as role models in school dining areas.
- The school district will provide information and outreach materials about other FNS programs such as
Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), and Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) to students and parents.
- The school district encourages all students to participate in school meals program, i.e. the National School Lunch, including snacks for After School Program, and School Breakfast programs.
Examples of Existing State and School District Policies
Regarding School-Based Activities
More examples of policies will be posted as we identify them.
Resources and Implementation Tools
The following links are resources, programs, and curricula related to other school-based activities.
- Resources from Government Agencies
Resources from non-governmental organizations
- Health, Mental Health and Safety Guidelines for Schools were developed by more than 300 health, education, and safety professionals from more than 30 different national organizations as well as by parents and other supporters to help those who influence the health and safety of students and school staff while they are in school, on school grounds, on their way to or from school, and involved in school-sponsored activities.
- The American Academy of Pediatrics website has many school health and safety resources.
- Resources to Improve Schools, a database maintained by Action for Healthy Kids, gives information on specific coordinated school health initiatives, staff wellness programs, and methods to affect the school health environment.