Purpose and Goal:
The link between nutrition and learning is well documented. Healthy eating patterns are essential for students to achieve their full academic potential, full physical and mental growth, and lifelong health and well-being. Healthy eating is demonstrably linked to reduced risk for mortality and development of many chronic diseases as adults. Schools have a responsibility to help students and staffs establish and maintain lifelong, healthy eating patterns. Well-planned and well-implemented school nutrition programs have been shown to positively influence students’ overall health as well as their behavior and academic achievement in school. Staff wellness also is an integral part of a healthy school environment since school staff can serve as daily role models for healthy behavior.
In the Boise City Public Schools, students shall have the opportunity to gain knowledge and skills necessary to make nutritious and enjoyable food choices for a lifetime. In addition, staffs are encouraged to model healthy eating and physical activity as a valuable part of daily life. To further facilitate this, the Boise City Public School District shall prepare, adopt and implement a comprehensive plan to encourage healthy eating and physical activity. This plan shall make effective use of school and community resources to equitably serve the needs and interests of all students and staffs, taking into consideration differences in cultural norms.
The Boise City Public Schools Local Wellness Policy is designed to promote sound nutrition, student health, reduce childhood obesity, and provide transparency to the public on the school nutrition environment. Boise City Public Schools will establish a diverse team to serve as the Comprehensive School Health Committee. The development, implementation, and periodic review of the policy will be completed by the committee which includes parents, students, representatives of the school food authority, teachers of physical education, school health professionals, the school board, school administrators, and the general public.
WELLNESS PROGRAM REGULATION
Boise City Public Schools adopted this wellness policy with the following commitments to nutrition, nutrition education, physical activity, and other school-based activities that support student and staff wellness.
a.School lunches and breakfasts will meet menu-planning system guidelines as required by USDA.
b.School lunches will provide a minimum of 1/3 of the recommended dietary allowances (RDA) for calories, protein, calcium, iron, vitamin A, and vitamin C as required by USDA.
c.School breakfasts will provide a minimum of ¼ of the RDA for calories, protein, calcium, iron, vitamin A, and vitamin C as required by USDA.
d.The total calories from fat in school meals will be limited to 30 percent when averaged over one week.
e.The total calories from saturated fat in school meals will be less than 10 percent when averaged over one week.
f.School meals will meet USDA requirements.
2.Other Food Items Sold on School Campuses
a.Foods of minimal nutritional value (FMNV) are prohibited from being sold or served during student meal services in the food service area where USDA reimbursable meals are served or eaten.
b.Beverage contracts will not restrict the sale of fluid milk products during the school day.
c.Beginning in school year 2007-2008, students in Boise City Public elementary and middle schools will not be provided access to FMNV during the school day except on special occasions.
d.Beginning in school year 2007-2008, healthy food options will be provided at the high school and priced lower than FMNV in order to encourage students and staff to make healthier food choices.
a.Nutrition education is integrated into the curriculum and offered in the school cafeteria (i.e. posters, brochures, nutritional value information, etc.).
b.The Healthy and Fit School Advisory Committee at each school site will study and make recommendations regarding health education, nutrition, and health services.
a.The Healthy and Fit School Advisory Committee at each school site will study and make recommendations regarding physical education and physical activity.
b.Beginning in school year 2006-2007, students in Grades K through 5 will participate in 60 minutes of physical activity each week, which is aligned with P.A.S.S.
c.Suitable adapted physical education shall be included as part of individual education plans for students with chronic health problems, other disabling conditions, or other special needs that preclude such students’ participation in regular physical education instruction or activities.
d.In addition to required physical education, students at the elementary level should have the opportunity to participate in daily recess and physical activity. The district shall provide daily recess period(s) for elementary school students, featuring time for unstructured but supervised active play. The district is encouraged to provide adequate co-curricular physical activity programs, including fully inclusive intramural programs and physical activity clubs; and to promote the use of school facilities for physical activity programs offered by the school and/or community-based organizations outside of school hours.
e.The District shall also encourage high school students to complete two units of physical and health education classes.
f.Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation Courses
Students in grades nine through twelve may be taught the techniques of cardiopulmonary resuscitation as part of their physical education program.
a.Each school site will establish a Healthy and Fit School Advisory Committee that meets and makes recommendations to the school principal. The Committee shall be composed of at least six members, including teachers, administrators, parents, students, health care professionals and business community representatives. The Committee shall study and make recommendations to the school principal regarding health education, physical education, physical activity, nutrition and health services. The school principal shall give consideration to recommendations made by the Healthy and Fit School Advisory Committee.
b.School meals may not be used as a reward or punishment.
USDA Regulations §210.0 and §220.8
USDA Regulation §210, Appendix B
USDA Regulations §210.12 and §227
Child Nutrition and WIC Reauthorization Act of 2004
Okla. Stat. tit. 70, Section 5-147
Okla. Stat. tit. 70, Section 11-103.6
Okla. Stat. tit. 70, Section 11-103.9
Okla. Stat. tit. 70, Section 24-100a
Dietary Guidelines for Americans (www. Health.gov/Dietary Guidelines/)