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The Governing Board recognizes the link between student health and learning and desires to provide a comprehensive program promoting healthy eating and physical activity for district students. The Superintendent or designee shall build a coordinated school health system that supports and reinforces health literacy through health education, physical education, health services, nutrition services, psychological and counseling services, health promotion for staff, a safe and healthy school environment, and parent/guardian and community involvement.

District Health Committee

The Superintendent or designee may appoint a District Wellness Committee consisting of parents/guardians, students, school food service professionals, school administrators, and members of the public. The committee, which may also include district administrators, health professionals, school nurses, health educators, physical education teachers, counselors, and/or others interested in school health issues, will receive input from the Board. The District Wellness Committee shall assist with policy development and advise the district on health-related issues, activities, policies, and programs. At the discretion of the Superintendent or designee, the committee's responsibilities may also include planning, implementing and evaluating activities to promote health within the school or community.

Nutrition Education and Physical Activity Goals

The district's nutrition education and physical education programs shall be based on current research, consistent with the expectations established in the state's curriculum standards, guidelines and frameworks, and designed to build the skills and knowledge that all students need to maintain a healthy lifestyle.

The primary goal of nutrition education is to increase students' knowledge regarding healthy eating choices to enable them to adopt healthy eating behaviors. Students shall receive nutrition education consistent with the Health Framework for California Public Schools and current legislation. Instruction shall be age-appropriate, based on accurate and current information, and provide the skills and motivation to focus on health promotion. Students shall receive consistent nutrition messages throughout the school campus.

The primary goal for a school's physical activity component is to provide opportunities for every student to develop the knowledge and skills for specific physical activities, to maintain a fit and healthy body, to participate in regular physical activity, and to understand the short and long-term benefits of a physically active and healthy lifestyle.

All students in grades K-12 shall be provided opportunities to be physically active on a daily basis. In addition to and not substituting for the formal PE program, opportunities for moderate to vigorous physical activity shall be provided through recess, school athletic programs, extracurricular programs, before- and after-school programs, and other structured and unstructured activities.

The Superintendent or designee shall encourage employees to serve as positive role models. Staff shall promote and may provide opportunities to support fitness and wellness among employees.

To encourage consistent health messages between the home and school environment, the Superintendent or designee may disseminate health information to parents/ guardians through district or school newsletters, handouts, student homework assignments, parent/guardian meetings, the district or school web site, and other communications. Outreach to parents/guardians shall emphasize the relationship between student health and academic performance. To that end, related state-mandated physical fitness test and survey results shall be disseminated to the public.

Nutrition Guidelines for Foods Available at School

The Board shall adopt nutrition guidelines that meet or exceed state and federal nutrition standards for all foods available on each campus during the school day. These nutritional standards shall also apply to all foods and beverages sold to students, including foods and beverages provided through the district's food service program, student stores or vending machines. The Superintendent or designee shall encourage school organizations to use items other than non-nutritious food for fundraising purposes. School staff is directed to not use foods as a reward for students' academic performance, accomplishments, classroom behavior, or as an extra-credit incentive. Students shall not be denied access to school meals or adequate time to eat as a form of punishment. The objectives of these guidelines shall be to promote student health, reduce childhood obesity, support the health curriculum, make the school environment as safe as practicable for those with allergies and other medical conditions, and promote optimal health.

With the exception of allowable events (see AR), food may not be donated to the classroom. Allowable events shall be held after the lunch period whenever possible.

The Board discourages the marketing and advertising of non-nutritious foods and beverages on district property though signage, vending machine fronts, logos, scoreboards, school supplies, advertisements in school publications, coupon or incentive programs, or other means.

Nutrition Promotion and Communication

LCUSD aims to teach, encourage, and support healthy eating. Schools should promote nutrition at each grade level as part of a comprehensive program designed to provide students with the knowledge and skills necessary to promote and protect their health.

Guidelines for Reimbursable Meals

Foods and beverages provided through federally reimbursable school meal programs shall meet or exceed federal regulations and guidance issued pursuant to 42 USC 1758(f)(1), 1766(a), and 1779(a) and (b), as they apply to schools. In order to maximize the district's ability to provide nutritious meals and snacks, all district schools shall participate in available federal school nutrition programs, including the National School Lunch Program, to the extent possible.

Program Implementation and Evaluation

The Board shall establish a plan for measuring implementation of the policy. The Superintendent shall designate at least one person at each school who is charged with operational responsibility for ensuring that the school sites implement and comply with the district's wellness policy.

The specific quality indicators that will be used to measure the implementation of the policy district wide shall include, but not be limited to, state health and physical fitness assessments; nutrition and wellness education; an analysis of the nutritional content of meals served; student participation rates in school meal programs and feedback from food service personnel, school administrators, school staff, the District Wellness Committee, parents/guardians, students, and other appropriate persons.

The Superintendent or designee shall report to the Board at least every two years on the implementation of this policy and make recommendations for policy modifications, if indicated. The District Wellness Committee is also permitted to participate in the implementation, review and update of the policy.

Posting Requirements

Each school shall post a summary of the district's policies and regulations on nutrition and nutritional content of regularly offered selections and beverages in public view within all school cafeterias or in other central eating areas. (Education Code 49432) These policies and regulations shall also be posted on the district website.

Legal Reference:


33350-33354 CDE responsibilities re: physical education

49430-49434 Pupil Nutrition, Health, and Achievement Act of 2001

49490-49494 School breakfast and lunch programs

49500-49505 School meals

49510-49520 Nutrition

49530-49536 Child Nutrition Act

49540-49546 Child care food program

49547-49548.3 Comprehensive nutrition services

49550-49561 Meals for needy students

49565-49565.8 California Fresh Start pilot program

49570 National School Lunch Act

51210 Course of study, grades 1-6

51220 Course of study, grades 7-12

51222 Physical education

51223 Physical education, elementary schools

51795-51796.5 School instructional gardens

51880-51921 Comprehensive health education


15500-15501 Food sales by student organizations

15510 Mandatory meals for needy students

15530-15535 Nutrition education

15550-15565 School lunch and breakfast programs


1751-1769 National School Lunch Program, especially:

1758b Local wellness policy

1771-1791 Child Nutrition Act, especially:

1773 School Breakfast Program

1779 Rules and regulations, Child Nutrition Act


210.1-210.31 National School Lunch Program

220.1-220.23 National School Breakfast Program


Frazer v. Dixon Unified School District, (1993) 18 Cal.App.4th 781

Management Resources:


Increasing Access to Drinking Water in Schools, Policy Brief, March 2013

Monitoring for Success: A Guide for Assessing and Strengthening Student Wellness Policies, rev. 2012

Nutrition Standards for Schools: Implications for Student Wellness, Policy Brief, rev. April 2012

Student Wellness: A Healthy Food and Physical Activity Policy Resource Guide, rev. 2012

Building Healthy Communities: A School Leader's Guide to Collaboration and Community Engagement, 2009

Safe Routes to School: Program and Policy Strategies for School Districts, Policy Brief, 2009

Physical Education and California Schools, Policy Brief, rev. October 2007

School-Based Marketing of Foods and Beverages: Policy Implications for School Boards, Policy Brief, March 2006


Physical Education Framework for California Public Schools, Kindergarten Through Grade Twelve, 2009

Health Framework for California Public Schools, Kindergarten Through Grade Twelve, 2003


Policy in Action: A Guide to Implementing Your Local School Wellness Policy, October 2006


Changing Lives, Saving Lives: A Step-by-Step Guide to Developing Exemplary Practices in Healthy Eating, Physical Activity and Food Security in Afterschool Programs, March 2010


School Health Index for Physical Activity and Healthy Eating: A Self-Assessment and Planning Guide, 2005


Rules and Regulations, January 26, 2012, Vol. 77, Number 17, pages 4088-4167


Fit, Healthy and Ready to Learn, 2000


Dietary Guidelines for Americans, 2005

Changing the Scene, Improving the School Nutrition Environment: A Guide to Local Action, 2000



Action for Healthy Kids:

California Department of Education, Nutrition Services Division:

California Department of Public Health:

California Healthy Kids Resource Center:

California Project LEAN (Leaders Encouraging Activity and Nutrition):

California School Nutrition Association:

Center for Collaborative Solutions:

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:

Dairy Council of California:

National Alliance for Nutrition and Activity:

National Association of State Boards of Education:

School Nutrition Association:

Society for Nutrition Education:

U.S. Department of Agriculture, Food Nutrition Service, wellness policy:


adopted: June 18, 2013 La Canada Flintridge, California