Feature Series: Local School Wellness Policies

Healthy Food Choices in Schools May 06, 2016 Print Friendly and PDF

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As mandated on the USDA's Food and Nutrition Service website, "Each local educational agency that participates in the National School Lunch Program or other federal Child Nutrition programs is required by federal law to establish a local school wellness policy for all schools under its jurisdiction." These policies can be helpful for unifying teachers, parents, administrators, and students around health goals. This series features ways to get the most of your local school wellness policy. 

appleLocal Wellness Policies: Start Your School Health Makeover Today

Making the healthy choice the easy choice for families is a cornerstone effort for many national organizations including the national Partnership for a Healthier America. READ MORE

backpackWhat is a Local Wellness Policy? How Do I Get Involved?

Schools represent an immense opportunity for influencing the health and wellness of future generations. READ MORE

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When was the last time you looked at your school district’s local wellness policy? How about the last time you assessed how... READ MORE

booksHow Administrators Can Utilize a Local Wellness Policy to Its Full Potential

Local School Wellness Policies (LWPs) can be an easy and effective way to make your school a healthier environment... READ MORE

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Because schools play such an important role in your student’s wellness, Local School Wellness Policies (LWPs) can be a great resource... READ MORE

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Parents can be key players in school wellness efforts.  From wellness committee membership to volunteering at one-time events... READ MORE

handshake Parents: Simple Steps to Get Involved with Your Local Wellness Plan & Suggestions for How You Can Help!

Consider your Time – Your expertise is valuable but your time is short. Consider the amount of time you wish to dedicate to your areas LWP... READ MORE

clipboardCreative Ways to Advertise & Generate Interest in Your School’s Local Wellness Policy (LWP)

Create a “Who’s Who...” directory for your Wellness Committee & Include your LWP goals & objectives... READ MORE


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This work is supported by the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture, New Technologies for Ag Extension project.