Since 2006, federal law has required all school districts participating in the National School Lunch Program and/or School Breakfast Program to adopt a local school wellness policy. This requirement reflects the essential role schools play in promoting student health and fostering lifelong healthy habits in children.
Wellness policies are written documents that outline how school districts plan to help kids eat well, be physically active, and lead healthier lives. School wellness policies set nutrition standards for all foods and beverages available on campus and define benchmarks for physical activity and physical education. They also provide guidelines for nutrition promotion, nutrition education, and other school-based activities that promote student wellness. Beyond meeting these legal requirements, school wellness policies provide a platform for developing a comprehensive and coordinated strategy for improving student health.
ChangeLab Solutions has developed specific tools to help school districts strengthen their wellness policies and promote student health. We have also compiled a list of useful resources and publications that address various issues related to local school wellness policies. If you are unable to find what you are looking for, contact us to learn more.
We have updated the following resources to comply with the 2016 USDA final rule on local school wellness policies.
- Resources on Marketing in Schools
- Addressing Bullying in Local School Wellness Policies
- Incorporating Safe Routes to School in Local School Wellness Policies
- Incorporating Shared Use in Local School Wellness Policies*
- The Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act and School Fundraisers*
- Know the Rules: An Overview of State Agency Rulemaking*
- How to Enforce a Wellness Policy: A Fact Sheet for Parents and Community Advocates
- Resources on Healthy Vending in Schools
- Addressing Sugary Drinks in Local School Wellness Policies
- Water Access in Schools: Model Wellness Policy Language
The Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity developed a Wellness School Assessment Tool that communities can use to assess the quality of a school district’s wellness policy. It also provides guidance and resources for making improvements.
Alliance for a Healthier Generation has developed a number of resources on wellness policies, including a model wellness policy, tools for implementation and evaluation, and guidance on the final rule.
Action for Healthy Kids offers tools and resources to help schools implement health and wellness programs.
National Alliance for Nutrition and Activity (NANA) provides resources that school districts can use to strengthen their local school wellness policies. It has also developed a fact sheet on healthy fundraisers.