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Wellness Policies and Practices

Background

Research shows that healthy kids are better learners and healthy staff are more engaged school and community members. A school wellness policy is a great first step towards creating this type of healthy, supportive school environment.

All school districts participating in the National School Lunch Program or the School Breakfast Program are required to develop and implement a school district wellness policy. This requirement is a result of the Child Nutrition and WIC Reauthorization Act of 2004 and most recently, the Healthy Hunger Free Kids Act of 2010. Read the final rule, or read a summary of the final rule provided by USDA.

Updating, implementing and evaluating the school wellness policy is vital, and there are lots of tools and resources that can help you create a healthy school environment.

Help for your School District

Information about Oregon Healthy Schools, a Partnership between ODE CNP and the Oregon Health Authority/Public Health Division.

Annual School Wellness Awards and Winners

School Wellness Award information and list of past winners.

Resources

Samples of Policy Language to Use and Adopt

Resources for Wellness Policy Development

Resources to Aid in the Evaluation of Written Wellness Policies

Assessment, Implementation and Measuring Wellness Policies and Practices

Nutrition Education and Nutrition Promotion

Physical Activity

 

Other School-Based Activities that Promote Student and Staff Wellness

Other School Related Resources

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