Local School Wellness Policy
A local school wellness policy is a written document of official policies that guide a local educational agency (LEA) or school district’s efforts to establish a school environment that promotes students’ health, well-being, and ability to learn by supporting healthy eating and physical activity.
The Local School Wellness Policy requirement was established by the Child Nutrition and WIC Reauthorization Act of 2004, and further strengthened by the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010. It requires each local LEA participating in the National School Lunch Program and/or School Breakfast Program to develop a local school wellness policy that promotes the health of students and addresses the growing problem of childhood obesity. The responsibility for developing a local school wellness policy is placed at the local level so the unique needs of each school under the jurisdiction of the LEA can be addressed.
- Michigan Department of Education
- USDA Food and Nutrition Service
- USDA Food and Nutrition Service Local School Wellness Policy Website including regulations, tools and guidance on Local School Wellness Policy
- Comparison Chart of 2004 vs. 2010 Requirements
- Local Process: How to Develop, Implement, and Evaluate a Wellness Policy.
- Team Nutrition Implementation Tools and Resources
- Steps to a Healthy School
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
- RUDD Center
- Action for Healthy Kids
- Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child Model