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Community Consolidated School District 59 is working to prepare students to be successful for life. Developing healthy habits with nutrition, wellness, and physical activity is very important for our students. We are working together with stakeholders to ensure that our students are prepared for a healthy and successful future.

The Child Nutrition and WIC (Women, Infants and Children) Reauthorization Act of 2004, requires all school districts participating in federal school meal programs to create and implement school wellness policies. In 2010, the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act strengthened local wellness policy requirements and added requirements for public participation, transparency and implementation. These policies must address nutrition education, nutrition standards for foods sold within the school day, and physical activity.

District 59 Wellness Policy Provides A Framework For Healthy Living

The District’s Policy promotes thoughtful planning, portion control, and the selection of non-food or tasty and nutritious food options for celebrations.  The policy also encourages students and families to engage in physical activities as part of developing a healthy lifestyle.

Recommendations for Board Policy Section 6 – Instruction, 6:50 School Wellness were produced by Community Consolidated School District 59 Wellness Committee, Winter 2014.

Board Policy Section 6 – Instruction, 6:50 School Wellness


Goals For Nutrition Education

To prepare students to be successful for life:

  • Schools will support and promote good nutrition and a healthy lifestyle for students.
  • Schools will foster the positive relationship between good nutrition, physical activity, and the capacity of students to develop and learn healthy habits.
  • Nutrition education will be part of the district’s curriculum.

Goals For Physical Activity

To prepare students to be successful for life:

  • Schools will support and promote an active lifestyle for students.
  • Physical education will be taught in all grades and include a developmentally planned and sequential curriculum that fosters the development of movement skills, enhances health-related fitness, increases students’ knowledge, offers direct opportunities to learn how to work cooperatively in a group setting, and encourages healthy habits and attitudes for a healthy lifestyle.

Nutrition Guidelines For Foods Available In Schools During The School Day

  • Students will be offered and the school will promote nutritious food and beverage choices consistent with the current dietary guidelines for Americans and Food Guidance System published jointly by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the Department of Agriculture.
  • Providing nutritious snacks during the school day demonstrates a school and community commitment to promoting healthy behaviors and academic performance.

Benefits Of Nutritious Food Choices:

  • Promotes a healthy school environment
  • Creates excitement about nutrition
  • Protects children with food allergies
  • Provides nourishment the brain needs to learn

Consequences Of Poor Food Choices:

  • Compromised classroom learning
  • Contributes to poor health
  • Encourages over consumption of unhealthy food
  • Lack of fuel the brain needs to learn

Lunch and Snacks brought from home:

Parents are encouraged to send food items that will make positive contributions to the child’s diet and health. Students may not share food in order to protect those who may have a food allergy.


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Healthy Celebrations

Class parties and birthday celebrations must align with the Wellness Policy and recommendations. Schools are encouraged to discover ways to celebrate with healthy foods or non-food items/activities. We recommend having fun activities that get students moving and build collaboration skills. Celebrations are a great time to participate in activities that enhance Social/Emotional Learning skills that prepare students for life.

Here are a few examples of healthy choices for honoring your children on their special day:

  • Donate a book to the school library or classroom in honor of your child’s birthday with his/her name inside.
  • Have your child bring their favorite book to share and the teacher or child will read it to the class.
  • Donate a ball or jump rope (new or used) to the classroom for recess.
  • Provide each student in class with a colorful pencil, stickers or eraser.
  • Choose a favorite song or musical piece to sing or play for the class.

Snacks Within The School Day

Snacks/beverages consumed within the classroom should be regulated through a building-level plan as authorized by the building principal to ensure that appropriate guidelines are followed and to promote the health and safety of all students. When snacks are provided, it is important for a classroom to schedule a “healthy snack” time on a daily basis. Snacks that are high in fiber, such as fresh fruits and vegetables and/or low in fat (less than 5 grams), are recommended. Pre-packaged processed foods that are generally high in calories, sugar, sodium, and fat and have little nutritional value should be avoided. Limited portion sizes are also recommended so that the snack/beverage does not become a substitute for a nutritious meal and can be eaten within a limited time period. School-wide celebrations will be planned in cooperation with building administrators and PTO representatives with nutrition in mind. Due to the dangers of nut-based allergies, there should be no food items containing nut products distributed during school wide celebrations.


Teacher-To-Student Incentives

Teachers are encouraged to seek alternatives to using food as a reward. If school rewards/celebrations do involve food, healthy options and/or appropriate sizes should be served.


Monitoring Of The Wellness Plan

The District Wellness Committee will assist in working with staff to ensure that each school has the information needed to meet the recommendations and expectations of the local wellness policy. Parent, faculty, and staff input will be included when conducting annual compliance reviews of the district policy and recommended practices.


Did You Know?

  • The estimated lifespan of today’s children is shorter than their parents’!
  • Obesity is reaching epidemic proportions. According to the Surgeon General, the negative health effects could become the same as cigarette smoking. More children are suffering from conditions that typically affect older adults, including high cholesterol, Type 2 Diabetes, high blood pressure, orthopedic problems, and more!
  • Overweight and obese children are absent from school 4 times the rate of their normal weight peers.
  • Overweight and obese children go to the emergency room more than their normal weight peers (for non-accident related incidents.)

Healthy Eating

Consider nutritional quality when choosing meals and snacks.  Most of the snacks served to children should be fruits and vegetables, since most kids do not eat the recommended number of fruits and vegetables each day. Eating fruits and vegetables lowers the risk of heart disease, cancer, and high blood pressure.

Fruits:

  • Apples
  • Melons
  • Banana
  • Nectarines
  • Berries
  • Oranges
  • Cantaloupe
  • Plums
  • Grapes
  • Pineapple
  • Kiwis

Vegetables:

  • Broccoli
  • Carrots
  • Cauliflower
  • String Beans
  • Celery Sticks
  • Cucumber
  • Peppers
  • Snap Peas & Snow Peas
  • Tomatoes

Dips:

Try low-fat salad dressings, store-bought light dips, bean dips, guacamole, salsa, or hummus as healthy alternatives.

Dairy & Grains:

  • Low-fat and Fat-Free Yogurt
  • Low-Fat Cheese
  • Low-Fat Pudding
  • Whole Grain Crackers
  • Granola & Cereal Bars
  • Baked Tortilla Chips
  • Rice Cakes
  • Popcorn


About Fruit Snacks:

Many fruit snacks are more candy than fruit. Try natural fruit leathers, which come in a variety of flavors and don’t have added sugars.

 

 

 

Health is Wealth

Community Consolidated School District 59 recognizes its responsibility to provide a healthy learning environment by supporting wellness, good nutrition and regular physical activity. The wellness policy promotes life-long wellness behaviors and links healthy nutrition and exercise to students’ overall physical well-being.

Healthy Body. Healthy Mind. Healthy Learning!

Community Consolidated School District 59 is working to prepare students to be successful for life. Developing healthy habits with nutrition, wellness, and physical activity is very important for our students. We are working together with stakeholders to ensure that our students are prepared for a healthy and successful future.

The Child Nutrition and WIC (Women, Infants and Children) Reauthorization Act of 2004, requires all school districts participating in federal school meal programs to create and implement school wellness policies. In 2010, the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act strengthened local wellness policy requirements and added requirements for public participation, transparency and implementation. These policies must address nutrition education, nutrition standards for foods sold within the school day, and physical activity.

District 59 Wellness Policy Provides A Framework For Healthy Living

The District’s Policy promotes thoughtful planning, portion control, and the selection of non-food or tasty and nutritious food options for celebrations.  The policy also encourages students and families to engage in physical activities as part of developing a healthy lifestyle.

Recommendations for Board Policy Section 6 – Instruction, 6:50 School Wellness were produced by Community Consolidated School District 59 Wellness Committee, Winter 2014.

Board Policy Section 6 – Instruction, 6:50 School Wellness


Goals For Nutrition Education

To prepare students to be successful for life:

  • Schools will support and promote good nutrition and a healthy lifestyle for students.
  • Schools will foster the positive relationship between good nutrition, physical activity, and the capacity of students to develop and learn healthy habits.
  • Nutrition education will be part of the district’s curriculum.

Goals For Physical Activity

To prepare students to be successful for life:

  • Schools will support and promote an active lifestyle for students.
  • Physical education will be taught in all grades and include a developmentally planned and sequential curriculum that fosters the development of movement skills, enhances health-related fitness, increases students’ knowledge, offers direct opportunities to learn how to work cooperatively in a group setting, and encourages healthy habits and attitudes for a healthy lifestyle.

Nutrition Guidelines For Foods Available In Schools During The School Day

  • Students will be offered and the school will promote nutritious food and beverage choices consistent with the current dietary guidelines for Americans and Food Guidance System published jointly by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the Department of Agriculture.
  • Providing nutritious snacks during the school day demonstrates a school and community commitment to promoting healthy behaviors and academic performance.

Benefits Of Nutritious Food Choices:

  • Promotes a healthy school environment
  • Creates excitement about nutrition
  • Protects children with food allergies
  • Provides nourishment the brain needs to learn

Consequences Of Poor Food Choices:

  • Compromised classroom learning
  • Contributes to poor health
  • Encourages over consumption of unhealthy food
  • Lack of fuel the brain needs to learn

Lunch and Snacks brought from home:

Parents are encouraged to send food items that will make positive contributions to the child’s diet and health. Students may not share food in order to protect those who may have a food allergy.


snackbday

Healthy Celebrations

Class parties and birthday celebrations must align with the Wellness Policy and recommendations. Schools are encouraged to discover ways to celebrate with healthy foods or non-food items/activities. We recommend having fun activities that get students moving and build collaboration skills. Celebrations are a great time to participate in activities that enhance Social/Emotional Learning skills that prepare students for life.

Here are a few examples of healthy choices for honoring your children on their special day:

  • Donate a book to the school library or classroom in honor of your child’s birthday with his/her name inside.
  • Have your child bring their favorite book to share and the teacher or child will read it to the class.
  • Donate a ball or jump rope (new or used) to the classroom for recess.
  • Provide each student in class with a colorful pencil, stickers or eraser.
  • Choose a favorite song or musical piece to sing or play for the class.

Snacks Within The School Day

Snacks/beverages consumed within the classroom should be regulated through a building-level plan as authorized by the building principal to ensure that appropriate guidelines are followed and to promote the health and safety of all students. When snacks are provided, it is important for a classroom to schedule a “healthy snack” time on a daily basis. Snacks that are high in fiber, such as fresh fruits and vegetables and/or low in fat (less than 5 grams), are recommended. Pre-packaged processed foods that are generally high in calories, sugar, sodium, and fat and have little nutritional value should be avoided. Limited portion sizes are also recommended so that the snack/beverage does not become a substitute for a nutritious meal and can be eaten within a limited time period. School-wide celebrations will be planned in cooperation with building administrators and PTO representatives with nutrition in mind. Due to the dangers of nut-based allergies, there should be no food items containing nut products distributed during school wide celebrations.


Teacher-To-Student Incentives

Teachers are encouraged to seek alternatives to using food as a reward. If school rewards/celebrations do involve food, healthy options and/or appropriate sizes should be served.


Monitoring Of The Wellness Plan

The District Wellness Committee will assist in working with staff to ensure that each school has the information needed to meet the recommendations and expectations of the local wellness policy. Parent, faculty, and staff input will be included when conducting annual compliance reviews of the district policy and recommended practices.


Did You Know?

  • The estimated lifespan of today’s children is shorter than their parents’!
  • Obesity is reaching epidemic proportions. According to the Surgeon General, the negative health effects could become the same as cigarette smoking. More children are suffering from conditions that typically affect older adults, including high cholesterol, Type 2 Diabetes, high blood pressure, orthopedic problems, and more!
  • Overweight and obese children are absent from school 4 times the rate of their normal weight peers.
  • Overweight and obese children go to the emergency room more than their normal weight peers (for non-accident related incidents.)

Healthy Eating

Consider nutritional quality when choosing meals and snacks.  Most of the snacks served to children should be fruits and vegetables, since most kids do not eat the recommended number of fruits and vegetables each day. Eating fruits and vegetables lowers the risk of heart disease, cancer, and high blood pressure.

Fruits:

  • Apples
  • Melons
  • Banana
  • Nectarines
  • Berries
  • Oranges
  • Cantaloupe
  • Plums
  • Grapes
  • Pineapple
  • Kiwis

Vegetables:

  • Broccoli
  • Carrots
  • Cauliflower
  • String Beans
  • Celery Sticks
  • Cucumber
  • Peppers
  • Snap Peas & Snow Peas
  • Tomatoes

Dips:

Try low-fat salad dressings, store-bought light dips, bean dips, guacamole, salsa, or hummus as healthy alternatives.

Dairy & Grains:

  • Low-fat and Fat-Free Yogurt
  • Low-Fat Cheese
  • Low-Fat Pudding
  • Whole Grain Crackers
  • Granola & Cereal Bars
  • Baked Tortilla Chips
  • Rice Cakes
  • Popcorn


About Fruit Snacks:

Many fruit snacks are more candy than fruit. Try natural fruit leathers, which come in a variety of flavors and don’t have added sugars.

 

 

 

Health is Wealth

Community Consolidated School District 59 recognizes its responsibility to provide a healthy learning environment by supporting wellness, good nutrition and regular physical activity. The wellness policy promotes life-long wellness behaviors and links healthy nutrition and exercise to students’ overall physical well-being.

Healthy Body. Healthy Mind. Healthy Learning!

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