Coordinate healthy eating and physical activity policies and practices through a school health council and school health coordinator.
Assess healthy eating and physical activity policies and practices.
Use a systematic approach to develop, implement, and monitor healthy eating and physical activity policies.
Evaluate healthy eating and physical activity policies and practices.
How does working together maximize opportunities for students?
Coordinating individuals and groups to work together:
Facilitates better communication
Reduces duplication of policies and practices
Increases options for obtaining additional resources to support healthy eating and physical activity
Increases efficiency through organized efforts
Who should serve on school health councils or teams?
School health councils and school health teams should include a variety of representatives, such as health and physical education teachers, nutrition services staff, students, families, school administrators, school nurses, and other community members.
Is a wellness policy required if the school participates in school meal programs?
Yes, school districts that participate in federally supported school meal programs are required to develop, implement, and monitor a local wellness policy with goals focused on nutrition and physical activity. Local wellness policies can help school districts require evidence‐based policies and practices to be implemented in schools across the district.