The Haley School Wellness Policy
The Haley School recognizes that good nutrition and regular physical affect the health and well-being of the school’s students. Furthermore, research suggests that there is a positive correlation between a student’s health and well-being and his/her ability to learn. Moreover, schools can play an important role in the developmental process by which the students establish their health and nutrition habits by providing nutritious meals and snacks through the school’s meal programs, by supporting the development of good eating habits, and by promoting increased physical activity both in and out of school.
The Haley School, however, believes this effort to support the students’ development of healthy behaviors and habits with regard to eating and exercise cannot be accomplished by the school alone. It will be necessary for not only the staff, but parents and the public at large to be involved in a community-wide effort to promote, support and model such healthy behaviors and habits.
Thus, The Haley School, is committed to providing a school environment that promotes and protects children’s health, well-being, and ability to learn by supporting healthy eating and physical activity. Therefore, The Haley School sets the following goals in effort to enable students to establish good health and nutrition habits:
- With regard to nutrition education and physical education, the school will:
- Provide nutrition education and physical education to foster lifelong habits of healthy eating and physical activity, and will establish linkages between healthy education and school meal programs, and with related community services.
- Provide planed instruction in physical education that meet the needs of all students.
- With regard to physical activity, the school will:
- Provide opportunities, support, and encouragement for all students in grades K-8 to be physically active on a regular basis.
- Include in all after-school programs developmentally appropriate physical activity for the students who participate.
- With regard to other school-based activities The Haley School will engage students, parents, teachers, food service professionals, health professionals, and other interested community members in developing, implementing, monitoring, and reviewing school wide nutrition and physical activity guidelines.
Furthermore, with the objectives of enhancing students’ health and well-being, and reducing childhood obesity, the following guidelines are established:
- The food service program shall comply with Federal and State regulations pertaining to the selection, preparation, consumption and disposal of food and beverages as well as the fiscal management of the program.
- The guidelines for reimbursable school meals are not less restrictive than the guidelines issued by the U.S. department of Agriculture (USDA).
- Foods and beverage made available through the school food service program will be consistent with the current USDA Dietary Guidelines for Americans.
- The food service program shall be administered by a director who is properly qualified, certificated, licensed, or credentialed, according to current professional standards, nutritious, and appealing foods that meet that health and nutrition needs of students.
To accomplish these goals and meet Section 204 of Public Law 108-265:
- The school will monitor, review and as necessary, revise school nutrition and physical activity guidelines.
- The school will measure and evaluate the process of the policy and guideline implementation every two (2) years.
- The school will charge the Office Manager, assisted by and additional member of the office team with the operational responsibilities.