To implement the Wellness Policy, the following district-specific goals have been established:
Goal 1 – Nutrition Education and Promotion: Schools will provide nutrition education and engage in nutrition promotions that help students develop lifelong healthy eating behaviors. The goal(s) for addressing nutrition education and nutrition promotion include the following:
Emphasize caloric balance between food intake and energy expenditure (promotes physical activity/exercise)
Link with school meal programs, cafeteria nutrition promotion activities, school gardens, Farm to School programs, other school foods, and nutrition-related community services
Goal 2 – Physical Activity: Schools will provide students and staff with age and grade-appropriate opportunities to engage in physical activity that meet federal and state guidelines, including the Iowa Healthy Kids Act. The goal(s) for addressing physical activity include the following:
Encourage classroom teachers to provide short physical activity breaks (3-5 minutes), as appropriate Encourage teachers to incorporate movement and kinesthetic learning approaches into core subject instructions when possible Offer classroom health education that complements physical education by reinforcing the knowledge and self-management skills needed to maintain a physically active lifestyle
Goal 3 – Other School-Based Activities that Promote Student Wellness: Schools will support students, staff, and parents’ efforts to maintain a healthy lifestyle, as appropriate. The goal(s) for addressing other school-based activities that promote student wellness include the following:
Permit students to bring and carry water bottles filled with water throughout the day
Make drinking water available where school meals are served during mealtimes
Public Involvement: There is a process for permitting parents, students; representatives of the school food authority, teachers of physical education, school health professionals, the school board, administrators, and the public to participate in the development, implementation, and periodic review and update of the policy.
The district has a local wellness policy committee to advise the district on the development, implementation, and improvement of the school wellness policy
The superintendent or superintendent’s designee invites suggestions or comments concerning the development, implementation, and improvement of the school wellness policy. As such, interested persons are encouraged to contact the superintendent or superintendent’s designee.