Local Wellness Policies

Please note, that on February 26, 2014, USDA released a Proposed Rule on Local School Wellness Policy. SNA will be submitting comments on this rule and we are in the process of soliciting feedback from our members. Please watch this space for more information in the coming months.

Since 2006, all schools that participate in the federally supported school meal programs must develop and implement a local school wellness policy. The Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 expanded the scope of local school wellness policies by requiring additional stakeholders for development, implementation and review. It also requires updates to the public on the content and implementation of the school’s wellness policies. The intent is to strengthen local school wellness policies so they become useful tools in evaluating, establishing, and maintaining healthy school environments, and to provide interested stakeholders necessary information on what the policies contain and are implemented.

A school wellness policy must address:

  • goals for nutrition education
  • goals for physical activity
  • nutrition guidelines for all foods available at school
  • goals for other school-based activities designed to promote student wellness
  • plans for evaluating implementation of the policy

For more information on the USDA regulation, click here.

For samples of local wellness policies, please contact SNA’s Child Nutrition & Policy Center at (301) 686-3100.

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