The Board of Education of Breese Elementary District #12 support increased emphasis on nutrition and physical activity at all grade levels to enhance the well-being of the students. Therefore it is the policy of the school to:
- Provide students access to nutritious foods and beverages
- Provide opportunities for physical activity and developmentally appropriate exercise
- Require that all meals served by the school corporation meet the federal nutritional guidelines issued by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the National School Lunch Program(NSLP).
The purpose of this policy is to promote the importance of nutrition education, encourage participation of every student in physical activity, involve the community in promoting health and wellness, reduce childhood obesity and meet the requirements of the Child Nutrition and WIC Reauthorization Act of 2004 and the Illinois School Code, including, without limitation, goals for nutrition education, physical activity and other school-based activities designed to promote student wellness; nutrition guidelines for all foods available during the school day; a plan for measuring implementation including designating one or more persons charged with operational responsibility; and involving parents, students, school food service providers, the school board, school administrators, and the public in developing this policy.
Childhood obesity has been a growing concern in our communities over the last several years. This epidemic has been made possible by a combination of sedentary behaviors, lack of nutrition education, and improper nutrition throughout childhood. Healthy eating patterns are essential to students’ ability to focus and absorb in education settings. Schools have a responsibility to provide children with the opportunity acquire the knowledge to establish dietary patterns to promote a healthy lifestyle.
To promote student wellness, Breese Elementary District #12 adopts the following provisions in four areas:
The goal of nutrition education is to influence students’ lifelong eating habits.
- Breese Elementary District #12 will follow health education curriculum standards as stated by the Illinois State Board of Education.
- Breese Elementary District #12 will conduct nutrition education activities that promote healthy eating behaviors and appropriate nutritional choices that involve students, parents, staff, and community
- Breese Elementary District #12 students at all levels (grades K-8) will receive nutrition education.
The goal of physical activity is to promote lifelong physical activity among students.
- Since the national recommended daily requirement is that children and young adults have a minimum of sixty minutes of physical activity in a twenty-four hour period, all students will be provided with opportunities for physical activity during the school day.
- Breese Elementary District #12 will follow Illinois State standards for physical education classes. Classes will be designed to challenge and engage students in a way that promotes lifelong interest in physical activity.
- Schools will be encouraged to provide community access to and encourage staff, students and community members to use the school’s physical activity facilities outside the normal school day.
OTHER SCHOOL BASED ACTIVITIES DESIGNED TO PROMOTE STUDENT WELLNESS
It is the goal of Breese Elementary District #12 to provide a school environment with a consistent wellness message which is conducive to a healthy lifestyle.
- Provide a clean, safe enjoyable meal environment for students.
- Prohibit denial of student participation in the physical activity time as a form of discipline or cancellation physical activity time for instructional make-up time.
- An appropriate physical fitness report shall be developed by the school corporation and completed for students at least once each year in physical education classes. This report should be communicated to the parents.
- Members of Breese Elementary District #12 staff are encouraged to model healthy lifestyles for students.
Students’ lifelong eating habits are greatly influenced by the types of foods and beverages available to them. Breese Elementary District #12 will assure that all foods available on school property are consistent with the promotion of healthy eating habits.
- Breese Elementary District #12 shall comply with the nutritional guidelines in Illinois Statutes.
- School Meals – No competitive foods, carbonated drinks or foods of minimal nutritional values will be served. No fried foods are offered on campus.
- Celebrations/Rewards – Healthy foods should be an available option to students at any celebration. Food shall not be used as a reward for students.
- Parents are encouraged to provide nutritionally appropriate meals for students when not purchasing the school lunch.
- Exceptions: This policy shall not apply to school nurses using foods of minimal nutritional value during the course of providing health care to individual students or to special needs student whose Individualized Education Program (IEP) plan approves the use of a food of minimal nutritional value or candy for behavior modification.
IMPLEMENTATION OF THE POLICY:
- The district superintendent and each designee shall jointly share the operational responsibility for ensuring that the provisions of this policy and its regulations are met.
- The district superintendent will be responsible for reporting to the school community on an annual basis the progress of the school in implementing this policy.
- The district superintendent l is also responsible to prepare rules, regulations, and guidelines to implement and support this policy.
- The district superintendent will establish a Coordinated School Health Advisory Council.
- This Council shall review the corporation’s wellness policies on a yearly basis to ensure any school food and physical activity changes set forth by the Illinois State Board of Education are put into effect.
- The following individuals will serve on the Advisory Council due to their positions in the school corporation: the Chief Financial Officer, the Supervisor of Food Services, the Coordinator of Health Services, the Director of Student Services and the GCCS General Counsel.
- The School Board shall authorize the Superintendent to appoint additional members of the Advisory Council which should include the following: parents, a registered dietitian, school administrators, health and/or physical education teachers and representatives of interested community organizations.
HealthierUS School Challenge Nutrition
These criteria focus on decreasing fat and added sugar, increasing nutrient density, and moderating portion size.
Fruits and vegetables may be fresh, frozen, canned or dried, and they must be found in the Food Buying Guide for Child Nutrition Programs.
Examples of products that cannot be sold/served as a fruit or vegetable include:
- Snack-type foods made from vegetables or fruits, such as potato chips, and banana chips;
- Pickle, relish, jam, jelly; and
- Tomato catsup and chili sauce
- Flavored or plain reduced fat (2%), low-fat (1%), skim/nonfat fluid milk meeting State and local standards for pasteurized fluid milk and/or USDA approved alternative dairy beverages4
- 100%full-strength fruit and vegetable juices; and
- Water (non-flavored, non-sweetened, andnon-carbonated)
Any Other Individual Food
- Calories from total fat must be at or below 35%**, excluding nuts, seeds, and nut butters. This is determined by dividing the calories from total fat by the total calories and multiplying by 100. If calories from fat are not available, multiply the grams of fat by 9 to equal calories from fat.
- Calories from saturated fat must be at or below 10%. This is determined by dividing the calories from saturated fat by the total calories and multiplying by 100. If calories from saturated fat are not available, multiply grams of saturated fat by 9 to equal calories from saturated fat.
- Total sugar must be at or below 35% by weight. This is determined by dividing the grams of total sugar by the gram weight of the product and multiplying by 100. This includes both naturally occurring and added sugars. This limit does not include fruits and vegetables or flavored milk as defined above.
- Portion size for a la carte sales in the school cafeteria are not to exceed the serving size of the food served in the National School Lunch Program/School Breakfast Program; for vending sales the item package or container is not to exceed 200 calories.
4 There are no USDA approved alternative dairy beverages at this time. Public Law 108-265 (Child Nutrition Program Reauthorization) authorizes the Secretary of Agriculture to establish nutritionally equivalent non-dairy beverages by July 1, 2005. Please check with the Illinois State Board of Education for clarification.
*The above Nutrition Standards are criteria for sales/service of a la carte and/or vended items from the United States Department of Agriculture’s HealthierUS School Challenge. Please be aware that these criteria are only meant to apply to individually sold foods and that foods sold as part of a reimbursable school meal may not necessarily meet these criteria although menus meet the nutrition standards set by the U.S. Department of Agriculture for school meals. Local policy makers may wish to modify the standards but should be aware that this may make schools ineligible to meet the criteria for the HealthierUS School Challenge.
**The Dietary Guidelines for Americans 2005 recommend a total fat intake of 20 to 35% for school-age children.
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- Public Act 094-0199. www.ilga.gov/legislation/publicacts/fulltext.asp?Name=094-0199
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