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Alaska School Wellness Policies
Creating Healthier School Environments
A local school wellness policy (also known as the Student Nutrition and Physical Activity policy) is a written document that guides a school district’s development and implementation of policy promoting healthy school nutrition and physical activity.
In 2004, Congress recognized the important role schools play in promoting the health of youth, so with the Child Nutrition and WIC Reauthorization Act, and more recently the expanded Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010, all school districts that participate in federally funded child nutrition programs must adopt and implement a School Wellness Policy.
While individual schools may also adopt a Wellness Policy, School Wellness Policies are required at the district level if the district receives NSLP or other child nutrition funding. Wellness policies require several primary components:
- Goals for nutrition promotion and education, physical activity, and other school based activities that promote student wellness;
- nutrition guidelines to promote student health and reduce childhood obesity for all foods available in each school district;
- permit parents, students, all school district employees and the general public to participate in the wellness policy creation and review;
- inform and update the public about the content and implementation of the wellness policy;
- periodically assess wellness policy for updates, implementation and compliance and make the assessment available to the public.
State of Alaska Gold Standard Wellness Policy
(If you need accessible versions of any documents listed below, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org)
Smart Snacks and Competitive Foods and Alternative Fund Raisers
In 2014 the USDA passed the Smart Snacks Guidelines and the Competitive Foods Rule. These two new guidelines affect what can be offered as healthy snacks, and what foods can be sold on the school campus during school hours.
For more information on competitive foods:
This toolkit* was written in 2006 so certain parts are outdated. However, it still contains valuable information on policy development tools, starting a wellness team, goals for physical activity and other usable and current content. (*note: if you are interested in current model documents please see the documents above, listed under State of Alaska Gold Standard Wellness Policy)