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Local School Wellness Policy

Local Education Agencies (LEA) participating in the National School Lunch Program and/or School Breakfast Program are required to develop a local school wellness policy that promotes the health of students. Wellness policies are tailored to the unique needs of each LEA and present an opportunity to improve the health of each community.

On July 29, 2016, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) finalized regulations to create a framework and guidelines for written wellness policies established by LEAs to begin developing a revised local school wellness policy during School Year 2016-2017. The revised policy was to be in place by June 30, 2017. 

LEAs must conduct an assessment of the Local Wellness Policy (LWP) every three years, at a minimum. During the COVID-19 pandemic, waivers were available to postpone the deadline for the triennial assessment. LEA due dates for the Local Wellness Policy Triennial Assessment can be viewed at the link below.  

Local Wellness Policy Triennial Assessment Webinar

Local Wellness Policy Training


Michigan State Board of Education

Model Local School Wellness Policy - adopted April 19, 2017

Local School Wellness Policy Tools


Michigan Healthy School Action Tools

Triennial Assessment Plan

Update and Planning Outline

Local Wellness Policy Sample Goals

Farm to School Local Wellness Policy Sample Goals

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)

CDC Local School Wellness Policy Website

RUDD Center

WellSat 3.0

Action for Healthy Kids

Tools for Schools

Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child Model