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School Wellness Policies

In the Child Nutrition and WIC Reauthorization Act of 2004, U.S. Congress established a new requirement that all school districts with a federally-funded, USDA school meals program develop and implement wellness policies that address nutrition and physical activity by the start of the 2006-2007 school year.

The Guidance for the Development of California School Wellness Policies was created by the Local School Wellness Policy (LSWP) collaborative group that included the California Department of Education and other state and local agencies. This resource provides recommendations for meeting LSWP requirements..

California Healthy Kids Resource Center website provides a wealth of guidance, experiences, examples, and resources from within and outside California for developing and implementing successful Local School Wellness Policies.

The Action for Healthy Kids Wellness Policy Tool  allows you to build your own policy by cutting and pasting language from existing or model policies that have been gathered from states and districts around the country. Follow the steps and use the searchable database to find ideas for policy options that meet your district's needs.

USDA's Local Wellness Policy.  The USDA's Team Nutrition has compiled several examples of policies already developed by schools and State agencies and other resources  Schools must set goals for nutrition education, physical activity, and other school-based activities designed to promote student wellness.  View samples of local wellness policies throughout the nation.

Last modified on: 11/6/2008 12:43 AM