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Wellness Policy

6760 Student Wellness 

The Wilson County Board of Education is committed to providing school environments that promote and protect children's health, well-being and ability to learn by supporting healthy eating and physical activity.  To achieve this goal, the Wilson County Board of Education adopts this wellness policy with the following commitments to student wellness, nutrition, nutrition education, physical activity, health education and implementation. The Wilson County Schools shall: 

Commitment to Physical  Activity 

Provide all students· in grades K-12 with opportunities, support and encouragement to be physically active on a regular basis.  Physical education will be provided to students according to the North Carolina Standard Course of Study. 

Provide all students in grade K-8 with a minimum of 30 minutes of moderate to vigorous physical activity on a daily basis. 

Prohibit the practice of taking away structured/unstructured recess and other physical activity from students as a form of punishment. 

Commitment to Nutrition 

Participate in Child Nutrition programs that comply with federal, state and local requirements. Child Nutrition programs will be accessible to all children. 

Offer a school lunch and breakfast program that meets the meal patterns and nutrition standards established by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. 

Establish food sanitation and safety as key components of all school food operations. 

Encourage teachers and staff to offer healthy foods or non-food items as rewards for student accomplishment. 

Encourage staff, teachers and parents to provide healthy food options for classroom parties. 

Continue efforts to provide a la carte food choices that are higher in nutrient density and lower in fat, saturated fat, trans-fat, and sugar. 

Ensure that the reimbursable school breakfast and lunch programs meet the nutrition standards set forth by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, National School Lunch Act and the North Carolina Nutrition Standards.

• Ensure that all vending machine sales comply with the requirements of G.S. §llSC-264.2. Commitment to Nutrition Education

Provide nutrition education within the Healthful Living Standard Course of Student and Grade Level Competencies adopted by the State Board of Education. 

Ensure that teachers provide appropriate instruction for the acquisition of behaviors that contribute to a healthy lifestyle for students. 

Encourage programs that support healthy eating by students. 

Support nutrition education activities that involve students, parents, and the community. 

Commitment to Health Education

• Provide health education to students in K-8 according to the North Carolina Standard Course of Study. 

Promote programs and services that support and value the social and emotional well-being of students, families and staff. 

Commitment to Implementation 

Establish and maintain a School Health Advisory Council to help plan, implement, and monitor this policy as well as other health issues within the school system.  The Council will also assist the school system in creating an annual report which will include the minutes of physical education and/or healthful living, physical activity received by students in each school within the district, as well as any other information required by the State Board of Education. 

Receive information from the Council about the following areas or concerns: safe environment, physical education, health education, staff wellness, health services, mental and social health, nutrition services and parent/family involvement.

 

Ensure that the Council consists of members from the following groups: the school board, school system administrators, school system food service representatives, students, parents or guardians, and the public.

 

Legal Reference:  Child Nutrition and WIC Reauthorization Act of 2004,  42 U .S.C. 1751 ; National School Lunch Act, 42 U.S.C. 1751 et seq; G.S. 11 5C-264.2, -264.3; State Board of Ecducation Policies GCS-S-000, TCS-S-002 

Adopted: May 15, 2006 

Revised: July 16, 2012

  

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