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Nutrition Education

The district aims to teach, encourage and support healthy eating by students. Nutrition education should be part of not only health classes, but should be included in classroom instruction in all subject areas as appropriate. Nutrition education should integrate current, scientifically accurate nutrition content into classroom instruction in core subjects such as science, math, language arts, history and social science, as well as into the instruction offered in Physical Education and before-and-after school programs.

1. Schools will provide nutrition education and engage in nutrition promotion that:

2. Equips students to acquire the knowledge and skills needed to engage in sound nutrition behavior in order to promote and protect their health

3. Builds students' confidence and competence in making healthy food choices

4. Includes students of all abilities

5. Promotes fruits, vegetables, whole grains, low fat dairy products, lean protein, and healthy food preparation methods

6. Emphasizes balance between food intake and energy expenditure.

Nutrition education should also be made available to parents/guardians and the community. This nutrition education may be provided in the form of handouts, newsletters, wall or bulletin board posters or banners, postings on the district website, community and student oriented presentations or other communications focused on promoting proper nutrition and healthy lifestyles.

Nutrition Standards

All food available to students on school campuses during the school day (30 minutes before and up to 30 minutes after the instructional day) must meet the following minimum standards:

1. Individual food items sold or served outside the federal reimbursable meal programs shall meet district, state and federal requirements

2. Schools will follow the district nutrition standards for K-12 grade, including before and after school programs as outlined in the attached district policies AP 3550 and AR 3550

3. The Food Service department will have the authority for a nutritious snack required in state and federally funded before and after school programs

4. The only beverages that shall be sold or served to students during the school day include water, non-fat or low-fat milk, soymilk, 100 percent fruit or vegetable juice, 50 percent fruit or vegetable juice with no added sweeteners. At middle and high schools only, sport drinks with less than 42 grams of added sweetener per 20oz serving are allowed.

5. Food or beverages sold for fundraising on campus during the school day must meet the district nutrition standards.

6. Fundraising activities that do not support healthy eating shall occur only off school premises, or 30 minutes before and 30 minutes after the school day.

7. In elementary schools in the district, the only food that will be sold during breakfast and lunch periods is food that is sold as a full meal through a federal reimbursable meal program

a. The meal program will meet or exceed the nutrition recommendations of the current United States Dietary Guidelines such as:

(1) No more than 30 percent of total calories from fat, averaged over a week

(2) No more than 10 percent of total calories from saturated fat, averaged over a week

b. In addition, individually sold or served portions of nuts, nut butters, seeds, eggs, cheese, fruit, vegetables and legumes may be sold. Individually sold dairy items and whole grain food items may be sold, provided they meet the following requirements:

(1) No more than 35 percent of the total calories shall be from fat (excluding nuts, nut butters, seeds, eggs and cheese

(2) No more than 10 percent of the total calories shall be from saturated fat and trans fat combined (excluding nuts, nut butters, seeds, eggs and cheese)

(3) No more than 35 percent of the total weight shall be composed of sugar, including naturally occurring sugar and added sugar (excluding fruits and vegetables)

(4) Individual food items do not exceed 175 calories

8. In middle and high schools, the only food that may be sold outside the federal reimbursable meal programs must meet the 35/10/35 requirements as listed above, and do not exceed 250 calories per item, except for entr裠items which shall not exceed 400 calories per food item and 4 grams of fat per 100 calories.

A production system will be encouraged to reduce the use of processed foods and increase the use of basic fresh foods that emphasize fruits, vegetables, whole grains and dairy foods that are low in fat and added sugars.

The use of fresh fruits and vegetables will be encouraged by making fruit and vegetables available where food is sold and promoting the intake of five or more servings of fruits and vegetables per day.

Elementary school administrators should evaluate schedules and, if possible, promote playtime before eating lunch.

The school district shall provide the following:

1. A clean, safe, enjoyable meal environment for students

2. Enough space and serving areas to ensure all students have access to school meals with a minimum wait time

3. Drinking fountains in all schools, so that students can get water throughout the day

4. Encouragement to maximize student participation in school meal programs

5. Protect identity of students who eat free and reduced-price meals

Food and beverages sold or served outside the reimbursable meal program will follow the District's Nutrition Standards below as outlined in the attached AR 3550(a).

Selling or serving foods with low nutritional value contradicts nutrition education and sends children the message that good nutrition is not important.

Foods of low nutritional value will be discouraged at all grade levels. The site administrator will monitor all food sold or served outside the school breakfast or lunch programs, including classroom parties, incentives, classroom rewards and fundraisers.

Physical Education and Physical Activity Opportunities

All students at grades K-8, including students with disabilities, special health-care needs and students in alternative educational settings will receive physical education during the entire school year. Once students in grades 9-12 meet the state 2-year physical education requirement, they do not have to take PE any longer, but will be encouraged to participate in other physical activities. In addition, physical activity topics shall be integrated into the entire curriculum when appropriate.

Staff will not withhold physical activity as punishment. Each site administrator will monitor the use of physical activity or withholding of physical activity as a disciplinary measure. (Education Code 49001)

Curriculum and Instruction

The district shall implement a quality physical education program that addresses the following:

Instruction in physical education should be based on the physical education content standards and should include the following:

1. Full inclusion of all students

2. At least 50 percent of instructional time spent in moderate-to-vigorous physical activity

3. Maximum participation and ample practice opportunities for class activities

4. Well-designed lessons that facilitate student learning

5. Out-of-school assignments that support learning and the practice of learned skills

6. Instruction in a variety of motor skills designed to enhance the physical, mental, and social/emotional development of every child

7. Fitness education and assessment to help students understand, improve, and/or maintain their physical well-being

Assessment of Student Learning

1. District will administer a physical fitness test annually to all students in grades 5, 7 and 9 during the months of February, March, April or May.

2. Each student's physical fitness test results will be sent to parents/guardians

3. In addition to the required physical fitness test, assessment of student learning and reporting of progress will be an ongoing process in physical education

Professional Development

Teachers assigned to deliver physical education instruction will receive ongoing professional development related to curriculum, instruction, and assessment in physical education.

Goals for Student Learning

The CDE's 2004 Physical Education Model Content Standards for California Public Schools: K-12 outlines the essential skills and knowledge that all students need for maintaining a physically active life.

1. The five standards state that students should:

2. Demonstrate motor skills and movement patterns needed to perform a variety of physical activities

3. Demonstrate knowledge of movement concepts, principles, and strategies as they apply to learning and performing physical activities

4. Assess and maintain a level of physical fitness to improve health and performance

5. Demonstrate knowledge of physical fitness concepts, principles, and strategies to improve health and performance

6. Demonstrate and utilize knowledge of physiological and sociological concepts, principles, and strategies as applied to learning and performing physical activities

Opportunities for Physical Activity Before and After School

1. After school programs will offer a range of activities that meet the needs, interests, and abilities of all students, including boys, girls, students with disabilities, and students with special health-care needs

2. After school programs will provide and encourage daily periods of moderate-to-vigorous physical activity and will utilize space and equipment on each site in order to do so

3. All school-based before and after school programs will be aligned with the health and wellness policies adopted by the district

Other School Based Activities Designed to Promote Student Wellness

The district shall strive to create a safe and healthy school environment that supports health literacy and successful learning and ensures that students and adults are physically and emotionally safe. In addition to physical safety, the school environment will reflect a sense of community and mutual support among staff and students. In order to create this environment, the following activities shall be implemented:

1. Teachers and other school personnel will not withhold opportunities for physical activity (recess, physical education) as punishment.

2. Consistent health education, including but not limited to, nutrition and physical activity, will be provided to parents and families through the school newsletter, informational handouts, parent meetings, the school/district website and other venues.

3. The district will encourage parents/guardians, teachers, school administrators, students, food service staff and community members to serve as role models in practicing healthy eating and being physically active, both in school and at home.

4. Parent/guardian outreach efforts will emphasize the relationship between student health and academic performance and address the need for consistent health messages between the home and the school environments.

5. Provide opportunities for on-going professional training and development for food service, staff and teachers in the areas of nutrition and physical activity.

Implementation and Monitoring

The superintendent will ensure compliance with established district-wide nutrition and physical activity Wellness Policies.

At each site, the principal will ensure compliance with those policies and will report on the school's compliance to the superintendent. This includes monitoring any food sold or served outside the food service program such as classroom parties, incentives, rewards or fundraising.

The site principal will implement the Wellness Policy at each site in a timely fashion, using a timeline established -initially by the District Site Council (DSC) - and revised as needed by the DSC or District Health Committee.

All employees of the district are encouraged to be a positive healthy lifestyle role model for students by following, at a minimum, this Wellness Policy. Students can learn healthy lifestyle habits by observing the food and physical activity patterns of school personnel and other adults who serve as role models in their lives. In order to send consistent messages to students, all adults in the school environment are encouraged to make healthy food choices and engage in physical activity.

The Superintendent, who is ultimately responsible for executing this policy, will establish a working group that will meet annually. This group will review current policies, recent legislation and research, and will make suggestions for improvement to the school board as necessary. This Wellness Policy should be revised as necessary to address changes in state and federal law as well as in areas that are identified as needing improvement.


approved: August 18, 2010 Redding, California

revised: September 15, 2010