School District Wellness Policies: Evaluating Progress and Potential for Improving Children’s Health Eight Years after the Federal Mandate

This report provides a strong rationale for why the CHSC grant focuses on school wellness policy components. The report also includes recommendations for policy opportunities that align nicely with the grant strategies.

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Smart Snacks in Schools

As of 2014-15, all foods sold at school during the school day need to meet nutrition standards. The Smart Snacks in School regulation applies to foods sold a la carte, in the school store, and vending machines. This one-pager summarizes the Smart Snacks standards, which were put in place as part of the Healthy, Hunger Free Kids Act of 2010.

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Model Wellness Policy Language

This word document provides a template for creating a “Basic” wellness policy that can be adapted to meet your district’s wellness priorities. This template meets the minimum Federal standards for local school wellness policy implementation under the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010, the Alliance for a Healthier Generation Healthy Schools Program “Bronze”-level recognition criteria, and minimum best practice standards accepted in the education and public health fields. Where appropriate, the template includes optional policy language school districts can use to establish a stronger policy that meets the Healthy Schools Program “Silver” or “Gold” levels. School districts should choose policy language that meets their current needs and also supports growth over time.

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Hunger Solutions New York

Hunger Solutions strives to maximize participation in, and support for, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), the School Breakfast Program (SBP), and the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP). Hunger Solutions New York develops and distributes information and resources for community-based organizations and agencies to use to further the fight against hunger and advocates at the federal, state, and local levels for policies that increase access to nutrition assistance programs and contribute to ending hunger. Hunger Solutions New York manages the Nutrition Outreach and Education Program and the Long Island Anti-Hunger Initiative. Both programs are designed to provide education, support, and assistance connecting New Yorkers to SNAP and other resources to end hunger.

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Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Healthy Schools

The CDC’s Healthy Schools section includes a multitude of resources on the nutrition environment, physical activity, obesity prevention, and chronic conditions. These resources include: data, tools, trainings, school health guidelines, local school wellness policy, state programs, resources for parents, and information on the link between health and academics.

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California Project LEAN

California Project LEAN (Leaders Encouraging Activity and Nutrition) is a program of the Public Health Institute. California Project LEAN works to advance nutrition and physical activity policy in schools, early childcare and other community settings in order to prevent obesity and its associated chronic diseases. Our efforts are centered around youth and parent empowerment approaches, policy and environmental change strategies, and community-based solutions that improve nutrition and physical activity environments.

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