provided here may still be used by local educational agencies in building on
their existing local wellness policies.
CDC also has a number of resources to
assist local educational agencies in designing,
implementing and promoting
elements of local wellness
policies, which are available on
To the extent practicable, local educational agencies
should look to these resources
to assist them in adding
additional elements to their
existing local wellness
Many school districts, State agencies, and other non-governmental school-health related organizations have taken steps to establish nutrition and physical activity policies, as well as providing model policy language and guidelines for developing wellness policies. These examples are being provided as references. USDA is not promoting one over another. If your State agency or school district has wellness, nutrition, or physical activity related policies that you would like to share, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org providing a brief synopsis, contact information, and a specific web address where the policy language can be found.
Sample Guidelines and Policy Language
Information provided in this section provides districts an opportunity to see what a local wellness policy might look like. A comprehensive local wellness policy should address all components required by Law (Section 204 of the P.L. 108-265), i.e., address goals for nutrition education, physical activity, nutrition standards for foods and beverages sold on school campus during the school day, other school-based activities that promote student wellness, and establish a plan for measuring implementation.
The USDA's Local Wellness Policy website provides sample policy language for each of the policy components, including:
- State agencies
Several State agencies have developed guidelines for developing local wellness policies. These guidelines address multiple components of the Local Wellness Policy.
Many school districts and state legislatures have enacted policies on various nutrition and physical activity related topics, especially policies on setting nutrition standards for foods and beverages available on school campus during the school day. You can search these policies through the following websites.
- Action for Healthy Kids Policy Tool: The Action for Healthy Kids Wellness Policy Tool allows an individual district to build its own policy by cutting and pasting language from existing or model policies that have been gathered from states and districts around the country. Go to this website, follow the steps, and use the searchable database to find ideas for policy options that meet your district's needs.
- Vending Machines in Schools Database: This database, maintained by the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) contains current state legislation pertaining to vending machines.
- State Level School Health Policies Database: This database, maintained by the National School Boards Association, contains policies relating specifically to school health and student wellness.
- State Legislative data base: This data base of state-level policies, maintained by the CDC, allows you to search all health-related legislation in a particular state.