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LOCAL SCHOOL WELLNESS POLICY

Sally Kate Winters Family Services

 

Rationale:

 

The link between nutrition, physical activity, and learning is well documented.  Healthy eating and activity patterns are essential for students to achieve their full academic potential; full physical and mental growth; and lifelong health and well-being.  Healthy eating and physical activity – essential for healthy weight, are also linked to reduced risk for many chronic diseases, like Type 2 diabetes.  Schools have a responsibility to help students learn, establish, and maintain nutrition and fitness programs have been shown to enhance students’ overall health, as well as their behavior and academic achievement, since school staff can be daily role models for healthy behaviors.

 

Goal:

 

All students placed in the Sally Kate Winters Family Services residential child caring institution shall possess the knowledge and skills necessary to make nutritious food choices and enjoyable physical activity choices for a lifetime.  All staff employed by the Sally Kate Winters Family Services is encouraged to model healthy eating and physical activity as a valuable part of daily life.

To meet this goal, the Sally Kate Winters Family Services adopts this school wellness policy with the following commitments to nutrition, physical activity, comprehensive health education, marketing, and implementation.  This policy is designed to effectively utilize school and community resources and to equitably serve the needs and interests of all children and staff, taking into consideration differences in culture.

Commitment to Nutrition:

Minimum Requirements:

  • Offer a school lunch program with menus that meet the meal patterns and nutrition standards established by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Mississippi Department of Education, Office of Child Nutrition Programs.
  • Offer school breakfast and snack programs with means that meet the meal patterns and nutrition standards established by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Mississippi Department of Education, Office of Child Nutrition Programs.

 Encourage staff (families are not applicable to our program) to participate in school meal programs.

  • Operate a Child Nutrition Program with foodservice staff who are properly qualified according to current professional standards (Mississippi Board of Education Policy, Code EE-2E).
  • Establish food safety as a key component of all school food operations and ensure that the food service permit is current for the Food Service School site.
  • Follow State Board of Education policies on competitive foods. (Extra food sales are not applicable to our program)
  • Establish guidelines for all foods available on the campus during the day with the objective of promoting health and reducing childhood obesity.
  • Establish a positive dining environment with socializing among children and adults; with supervision of eating areas by adults who model proper conduct and voice level; and with adults who model healthy habits by eating with the children.

Commitment to Physical Activity:

Minimum Requirements:

  • Provide daily physical activity for all children.
  • Provide staff-monitored recreational activities that promote moderate physical activity.
  • Create wider opportunities for children to voluntarily participate in physical activity (walking track, basketball, biking riding, etc.)

Commitment to Implementation:

Minimum Requirements:

The Sally Kate Winters Family Services will:

  • Establish a plan for implementation of the school wellness policy.
  • Designate one or more persons to ensure that the school wellness policy is implemented as written.

 

Wellness Plan Committee:

The Wellness Plan Committee for Sally Kate Winters Family Services will consist of the Board Administrative Team, Executive Director, and House Manager.  The Executive Director and House Manager will be responsible for ensuring that Sally Kate Winters Family Services meets the obligations and commitments stated within this policy.

 

Current Committee:             Sheila Brand, Executive Director

                                                Elizabeth Ketchum, President

                                                Bruff Sanders, Vice President

                                                Renee Reid, Secretary

                                                Karen Mooney, Treasurer

Policy amended by Board of Directors

April 09, 2007