SUBJECT: DISTRICT WELLNESS
The Massena Central School District is committed to providing a policy which provides a school environment that promotes and protects children’s health, well-being, and the ability to learn by fostering healthy eating and physical activity. The District has established a Wellness Committee to develop the District’s wellness policy. The District’s Wellness Committee includes parents, students, school administrators, members of the public, the District’s food service director and school board members.
The District Wellness Committee has assessed current activities, programs and policies; identified specific areas of need, developed this policy; and provided mechanisms to implement, evaluate, revise and keep this policy up-to-date. The Wellness Committee was established to represent the local community’s perspective in developing this wellness policy for the district.
Goals to Promote Student Wellness
Taking into account the parameters of the Massena Central School District (academic programs, annual budget, staffing issues, and available facilities) as well as the community in which the District is located (the general economy; socioeconomic status; local tax bases; social cultural and religious influences; geography; and legal, political and social institutions), the Wellness Committee recommends the following District goals relating to nutrition education, physical activity and other school-based activities:
- Nutrition Education
- The District will provide education to facilitate the voluntary adoption of healthy eating habits and other nutrition related behaviors :conducive to health and well-being by establishing the following standards for:
- The Massena Central School District will teach according to the New York State Standards with the use of the most current Food Pyramid.
- Education, marketing and promotion links outside the classroom: Information will be given in the forms of posters, bulletins and public announcements.
- Fundraising activities: Fundraisers involving food will follow the District’s nutritional standards. All food related fundraisers will be reviewed by the Food Service Manager.
- Teacher training: Training will continue per New York State Standards to aid the staff in teaching healthy lifestyle skills.
- Physical Activity
The District will provide opportunities for every student to develop the knowledge and skills for specific physical activities, to maintain physical fitness, to regularly participate in physical activity, and to understand the short-term and longterm benefits of a physically active and healthy lifestyle.
Physical Education will be taught in accordance with New York State Standards. The District strongly encourages the use of recess time for physical activities.
- Other School-based Activities
The District wishes to establish a school environment that presents consistent wellness messages and is conducive to healthy eating and physical activity for all. In order to present a coordinated school approach where District decision-making related to nutrition and physical activity encompasses all aspects of the school, the Wellness Committee has determined that the following standards are necessary to achieve this goal:
- Federal School Meal Program: The District will participate to the maximum extent practicable in available federal school meal programs [School Breakfast Program, National School Lunch Program (including after-school snacks), and Summer Food Service Program].
- Access to school nutrition programs: The District will send applications for free and reduced meals to all parents or guardians. Applications are also available in all district buildings, in addition to being posted on the district web site. A computer assisted program is now in place to eliminate any stigma that may be associated with participating in the program.
- Meal environment: Students will be allotted a reasonable amount of time to consume a breakfast and/or lunch. District staff is encouraged to eat with the students.
- After-school programs for students: After-school programs will follow the nutritional guidelines established. Physical activity and extra-curricular activities are highly encouraged.
- Community access to District facilities for physical activities: The community will have access to all District facilities that provide physical activities.
- Community involvement: The District will work closely with parent groups, leadership teams and any outside agencies willing to assist the district realize our goal of reducing childhood obesity. This wellness policy will be included in the district’s newsletters, web site, as well as posted in all district buildings.
- Sustainable food practices: The District will participate in the Farm to School program as outlined by law and the budget. The use of “green” products will be incorporated into the school lunch programs as they become available.
The District Wellness Committee will recommend which nutrition standards will be established for all foods available on school properties during the school day based upon the unique needs of the student body and the community. The goal is to encourage healthy lifelong eating habits by providing foods that are high in nutrients, low in fat and added sugars, and of moderate portion size.
Nutritional Values of Foods and Beverages
The District will participate in the “Choose Sensibly” campaign which has very specific guidelines for nutritional
value (this will apply to all snacks sold on district property):
- Fat = 7 grams or less
- Saturated fat = 2 grams or less
- Sodium = 360 mg or less
- Sugar = 15 grams or less.
For beverages the standards are:
- All low fat milk and low fat flavored milk
- Juice must be at least 25% or more real juice
- Water or flavored water without added sugar, artificial sweeteners or caffeine
- Beverages with less than 10 mg of caffeine per serving.
The standards are based on a single serving, however, if there is more than one serving in the package the food is not considered to meet the standards. Fruits, vegetables, and dairy products will be exempt from the standards above.
Classroom celebrations will include healthy alternatives to replace food of minimum nutritional value.
Food and/or beverage contracts will adhere to district nutritional standards.
Access to Vending Machines
With the exception of water, flavored water and milk, vending machines will not be allowed to be operated until the end of the school day.
Guidelines for reimbursable school meals shall not be less restrictive than applicable federal regulations and guidance issued pursuant to the Child Nutrition Act and the Richard B. Russell National School Lunch Act, as those regulations and guidance apply to schools.
Implementation and Evaluation of the Wellness Policy
The Director of Food Service, Athletic Director, Physical Education and Health teachers will be responsible for evaluating all provisions of this policy. These designated school officials will also serve as a liaison with community agencies in providing outside resources to assist in the development of nutrition education programs and physical activities.
Evaluation and feedback from interested parties, including an assessment of student, parent, teacher, and administration satisfaction with the wellness policy, is essential to the District’s evaluation program. Further, the District shall document the financial impact, if any, to the school food service program, school stores, or vending machine revenues based on the implementation of the wellness policy.
District schools will provide nutrition education and physical education, with an emphasis on establishing lifelong habits of healthy eating ad physical activity, and establish linkages between health education and school meal programs, and with related community services. Communication with and training for teachers, parents, students, and food service personnel will be an integral part of the District’s implementation plan.
Students and parents shall be involved in the development of strategies designed to promote healthy food choices in the school environment; and the school cafeteria will provide a variety of nutritionally sound meal and beverage choices. The school will encourage students’ active, age appropriate participation in decisions regarding healthy lifestyles and choices. Positive reinforcement, such as letters of recognition and acknowledgement, will be utilized as a means to encourage healthy eating patterns among the student population. In addition, the school will share information about the nutritional content of meals with parents and students; such information may be made available on menus, a web site, or such other “point-of-purchase” materials.
Assessments of the District’s wellness policy and implementation efforts may be repeated on an annual basis, but it is recommended that such assessment occur no later than every three (3) years, to help review policy compliance, assess progress, and determine areas in need of improvement. The District, and individual schools within the District, will, as necessary, revise the wellness policy and develop work plans to facilitate its implementation.
Child Nutrition and WIC Reauthorization Act of 2004
Public Law Section 108-265 Section 204
Richard B. Russell National School Lunch Act
42 United States Code (USC) Section 1751 et seq.
Child Nutrition Act of 1966
42 United States Code (USC) Section 1771 et seq.
7 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Section 210.10