School Wellness Policies

Wellness Policy 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.

Wellness Policy Requirements:

Federal legislation requires school districts to implement a local wellness policy that must include (2010 Requirements Link):

  • Goals for nutrition education, physical activity, nutrition promotion and school-based activities to promote student wellness;
  • Nutrition guidelines for all foods available on the school campus and for school meals; ( PDF Icon Standards Effective July 1, 2014 Link)
  • Involvement of parents, students, school board, PE teachers, school health professionals, food service, administrators, and community members;
  • A way to measure the schools progress toward achieving its wellness goals;
  • A way to share the wellness policy and how much progress the school has made in achieving its wellness policy goals with the public; and
  • One or more designee responsible for ensuring compliance.
School Nutrition Environment and Wellness Resources:

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 Link

Federal Standards For all Food Sold In Schools:

The Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 standards for all foods sold in school go into effect July 1, 2014.

Tools for Success

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 Link

Implementation, Monitoring, and Evaluation Resources
National and State Policy Examples
State and National Data to Support Local Wellness Policies
Proposed Rule

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 Link

For more information on School Wellness Contact Child Nutrition Programs at childnutrition@sde.idaho.gov or 208-332-6929.