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Background

Research shows that healthy kids are better learners and healthy staff are more engaged as school and community members. The school environment shapes daily choices that influence health. A school wellness policy is the first step to creating a school environment that supports health for students and staff. 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.

We encourage you to watch the Place Matters Oregon video and Ted Talk by Sam Kass, these videos describe the intent behind school wellness policies.

Resources and Information

For additional information or questions, contact the Oregon Department of Education Child Nutrition Programs at ode.schoolnutrition@ode.state.or.us or 503-947-5894

For additional information or questions, contact Ode School Nutrition (subject line: Wellness Policy) or 503-947-5795

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