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Talbot Co. School District
Wellness Policy

Rationale:

The link between nutrition, physical activity, and learning is well documented. Healthy eating and activity patterns are essential for students to achieve their full academic potential, full physical and mental growth, and lifelong health and wellbeing. Healthy eating and physical activity, essential for a healthy weight, are also linked to reduced risk for many chronic diseases, like Type 2 diabetes. Schools have a responsibility to help students learn, establish, and maintain lifelong, healthy eating and activity patterns. Well-planned and effectively implemented school nutrition and fitness programs have been shown to enhance students' overall health, as well as their behavior and academic achievement in school. Staff wellness also is an integral part of a healthy school environment, since school staff can be daily role models for healthy behaviors.

 

All students in the Talbot County School District shall possess the knowledge and skills necessary to make nutritious food choices and enjoyable physical activity choices for a lifetime. All staff in the Central Elementary-High School are encouraged to model healthful eating and physical activity as a valuable part of daily life. To meet this goal, the Talbot County School District adopts this school wellness policy with the following commitments to nutrition education, physical activity, nutrition guidelines, other school based activities and implementation. This policy is designed to effectively utilize school and community resources and to equitably serve the needs and interests of all students and staff, taking into consideration differences in culture.

Setting Nutrition Education Goals

         Students at all grade levels shall have choices in daily menus and choices within food items represented on the day's menu.

         Foods sold in vending machines, concession stands and foods served as refreshments at school parties and events shall be consistent with the 2005 Dietary Guidelines for Americans.

         In the school's lunch program a minimum participation of 70% shall be maintained in high schools, 80% participation in middle schools, and 90% participation in elementary schools.

         School lunches meet menu criteria found in the Healthier US School Challenge.

         Fundraising sponsored by the school or school groups shall be limited to nonfood sales.

         To promote behavior change and healthy school meal consumption, students shall be encouraged to test healthy food items with which they are not familiar.

         A la Carte sales by the school's nutrition program shall be limited to foods offered as part of the school meal and shall be served in the same portions as served in the school meal.

         Frying as a means of food preparation for school meals shall be limited; items should be baked rather than fried.

         Pre-prepared commercial foods served in the school meal program shall be evaluated for sodium, cholesterol and fat.

         Fortified foods/beverages shall be evaluated for nutrients that would otherwise be available in food/beverages when nutrients naturally occur.

         The sale price of meals shall be controlled to encourage student purchases but should be adequate to provide healthy foods, such as fresh produce.

         Healthy food choices shall be available at extracurricular activities when food is sold.

         Drinking water is available free of charge to students at meals and throughout the day.

         Commercial advertising of foods and beverages is restricted.

 Setting Physical Activity Goals

Physical activity or recess is not used as reward or punishment

Patterns of physical activity are encouraged in students' lives outside of physical education and take into consideration the need for energy balance.

Physical activity/movement is integrated across the curriculum and teachers are professionally prepared to implement appropriately.

  Credentialed physical education instructors teach physical education classes.

  Student/teacher ratios in physical education classes are comparable to other classes.

Time allotted to physical education is consistent with research, national and state standards.

   Physical education includes instruction in individual activities as well as competitive and non-competitive team sports.

   Adequate equipment is available for all students to participate in physical education/activity.

   The school environment provides for a safe and enjoyable activity for all students including those who are not athletically gifted.

  School facilities are available outside the school day to encourage physical activity.

  Students participate in periodic fitness assessments.

 

 

Setting Goals for Other School-Based Activities Designed to Promote Student Wellness

The Talbot County School District will sponsor a school health committee/council for the purpose of evaluating the school environment (through the application of CDC's School Health Index or another comparable assessment tool) and the school's policy implementation.

Classroom teachers and appropriate school staff are provided with assistance in detecting student health problems that may impact learning.

Establish and support a School Health Council (SHC) that addresses all aspects of a coordinated school health program, including a school wellness policy.

Conduct a review of the progress toward school wellness policy goals each year to identify areas for improvement.

Prepare and submit a yearly report to the school board regarding the progress toward implementation of the school wellness policy and recommendations for any revisions to the policy as necessary.