Implementation of healthy school wellness policies can have significant impacts on children of all ages.
In July 2016, the USDA announced additional rules that implement provisions of the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act (HHFKA). These final rules were the Smart Snacks in School, Local School Wellness Policy, Community Eligibility Provision, and the Administrative Review. All of these rules are important to ensure the overall wellbeing of our students’ health in school, especially school wellness policies. According to the USDA, the school wellness rule “empowers communities to take an active role in the health of their children.”
Here are some success stories that show how important providing a healthy environment and how easy it can be to make small adjustments that make a large impact in the overall success and health of students of all ages:
As these success stories show, the Local School Wellness Policy final rule can have a profound impact in schools, and as kids are heading back to school all across the country, here are some helpful tips and information that you can share with your local districts and school boards to help kids in your area grow up with a healthy school environment. A strong wellness policy can help students reduce their exposure to and consumption of sugary drinks and food, and can lead to healthier fundraising opportunities than the typical sugarcoated bake sale. So help your school cut the candy sales and start helping provide healthier options and healthier futures for students in schools near you today.
Since the Local School Wellness Policy final rule requires local education agencies “to begin developing a revised local school wellness policy during the School Year 2016-2017,” and these agencies must be fully compliant with the final rule requirements by June 30, 2017, we have included some tips for implementation, funding suggestions, and other helpful resources below. Here you can find a summary of the wellness policy final rule.
Tips for Implementation: