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’s standards for all foods sold in school go into effect July 1, 2014. For more details see USDA's information on Smart Snack in Schools:
For more information on School Wellness Contact Child Nutrition Programs at firstname.lastname@example.org or 208-332-6821.