Lowell Public Schools Health and Wellness Committe Meetings SY 20.21 TBD
Why Focus on Health and Wellness?
A growing number of children come to school with health related issues and engage in negative health behaviors that sap their motivation to learn and threaten their future
The purpose of the School Wellness Committee is to have a Coordinated Strategy:
Identify gaps in services
Build collaboration within school department
Build partnerships with public health, health professionals and community organizations
Wellness Policy Requirements include:
Goals for nutrition education, physical activity, and other wellness promotion activities.
Nutrition guidelines for all food available on each school campus
Guidelines for school meals that are not less restrictive than USDA guidelines
Plans to measure how well schools meet policy goals. Make at least one person in each school responsible for ensuring that the school develops and implements the Wellness Policy.
Road Map to get there: Form a Health Advisory Council to develop a local wellness policy. Members to include parents, students, school committee members, administrators, food service members, and the public. Meet a minimum of 4 times per year
Include the wellness policy in the school district goals and improvement plan for each individual school.
Identify a district administrator who will ensure the school complies with the law and to help develop and implement the wellness policy.
Conduct a needs assessment to identify needs and to set goals
Publicize and build widespread support for your district’s policy in the local community.
Establish a way to measure and monitor the progress of the wellness policy activities.
Monitor the wellness policy and make changes as needed