Schools play an essential role in creating a healthy environment for students to grow and learn every day. Schools not only provide nutritious meals and time for physical activity, but they also educate Idaho's children about the importance of nutrition and physical fitness. There is a growing body of evidence demonstrating that good nutrition and physical activity contribute to improved academic performance, attendance rates, behavior and lifelong health and well-being.
Federal legislation requires school districts to implement a local wellness policy that must include (2010 Requirements ):
For ideas on developing and implementing your wellness policy, the USDA has assembled a clearinghouse for resources through one website. You will find everything from model wellness policies and school site examples to wellness funding opportunities and research on school wellness and academic performance. Local Wellness Policy Resources
The Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 standards for all foods sold in school go into effect July 1, 2014.
The School Day Just Got Healthier Toolkit – An extension collection of resources including brochures, fact sheets, FAQ’s, fliers, school lessons, templates, etc. that is separated by audience (parents, educators and students, administrators, food service, and community. Learn more
There is now a Summary of the Proposed Rule for Local School Wellness Policies posted on the FNS Website. This resource provides a brief description of the background of the rule, summary of the updates to the wellness policy requirements, and a list of resources. Public comments can be made through April 28, 2014. Learn more
For more information on School Wellness Contact Child Nutrition Programs at firstname.lastname@example.org or 208-332-6929.