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									                 Our Lady of Charity School
                            Brookhaven, PA 19015

              SCHOOL WELLNESS POLICY
Wellness Policy Committee Leaders:
Ronald Para, Food Service Director
Marie Louise Anderson, Principal
Officers of the Home and School Association
       2005-2006                                  2006 - 2008
       Sandy Iovannoni, president                 M.J. Armour Gilbert , president
       Steve Strolli, vice president              Bruce Thomason, vice president
       Kathleen Dempsey, treasurer                Edward Riffert, treasurer
       Diane Glatts, secretary                    Diane Glatts, secretary
       2008-2009                                  2009 - 2011
       Jennifer Urian, president                  Jennifer Urian, president
       Bruce Thomason, vice president             Susan Lynch, vice president
       Edward Riffert, treasurer                  Miriam Kikut, secretary
       Diane Glatts, secretary                    Linda Riffert, secretary
                                                  Edward Riffert, treasurer

Officers of the Student Council Advisory Committee
       My’Kelya Dickerson, co-president            Meghan Bradley, vice-president
       Carrie Zamonsky, co- president              Nicole Bergamo, secretary
       Meghan Clements, secretary
       Kelli McCray, vice president
       Joseph Oquendo, treasurer
Nutritional Consultants
       Fran Alloway, dietician, Penn State Extension Service, Delaware County
       Crozer Chester Health Systems Passport to Health Program
Food Service Youth Advisory Council
       Rotating membership
Faculty Committee
       Annette Debevec, Pre-school Director
       Tim Wilson, Wellness Coordinator First Floor
       Maradel Newell, Second Floor Faculty Coordinator
       Lita Marcellus, Physical Education Program
       Penn Delco school nurse
INTRODUCTION

Our Lady of Charity School is an elementary school within the Archdiocese of
Philadelphia. As such it recognizes that student wellness, proper nutrition, and regular
physical activity are essential to the student’s well-being, growth, development and
ability to learn. We recognize that the school environment offers the ideal opportunity to
help children build positive concepts related to nutritional choices and daily exercise
needed to form a healthy lifestyle for their lifetime. Our Lady of Charity School is
committed to creating and maintaining an environment that fosters physical well-being as
essential to the education of the whole child.

This policy has been created in support of the state and federal requirements including
Public Law 108-265, commonly known as the Federal Child Nutrition and School
Reauthorization Act of 2004.

The following guidelines were used to create the policy for Our Lady of Charity School:
       - It was created at the local level.
       - It includes goals for nutritional education, physical activity, and school-based
                activities and those sponsored by the Home and School Association.
       - It fully adheres to the nutritional standards set forth for Federal School Lunch
                 Programs.
       - Its object is to improve children’s ability to make healthy choices regarding food
                 selection and amount of regular exercise, thus reducing the risk of
                 childhood obesity through education and environmental structures.
       - The program will be monitored by faculty, staff and parents who will evaluate
                 its success.
       - Representatives of all members of the school community have participated in
                 the construction of the plan and will continue to be involved in its
                 implementation and any future modifications.

The Wellness Policy of Our Lady of Charity School will be reviewed on an annual basis
by school community representatives and modified as changing needs are identified or as
new regulations may require. The school administration and the director of food services
will be responsible to assure compliance with Wellness Program goals. Staff members
will be responsible to provide direct nutritional instruction, maintain schedules providing
significant minimum times for relaxed eating and vigorous daily exercise, and to provide
role models for a healthy lifestyle.

IMPLEMENTATION PLAN

The School Wellness Policy formation began in 2005-2006 with dialogue involving
representatives of the school community. The goal of that school year was to inform
parents and students of the school’s desire to support the national initiatives to improve
the health prognosis for our nation’s children by promoting healthy choices and creating
an environment that consistently offers positive lifestyle models and choices. Parents,
faculty and children were familiarized with the federal requirements and pending state
requirements. Discussions were held with personnel involved in the lunch program, the
physical education and science programs, and school activities to identify the current
practices and to solicit information of areas that currently supported the initiatives and
those areas where changes should be implemented.

A baseline assessment was made in Summer, 2006 and submitted to the Office of
Catholic Education of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. That assessment indicated that
current practices at Our Lady of Charity School were primarily in concert with the 2004
Child Nutrition Reauthorization Act. Areas in which the school set goals for
improvement included:
        - increased instructional time for nutrition lessons,
        - increased rigorous activity opportunities for children, particularly those who are
                too young to participate in competitive athletic programs, and
        - increased amount of seat time at daily lunch.

Our Lady of Charity School will engage students, parents, teachers, food service
professionals, health professionals and other interested community members in
developing, implementing, monitoring, and reviewing school community nutrition and
physical activity policies.

All students in grades Pre-K4 through Grade Eight will have opportunities, support and
encouragement to be physically active on a regular basis.

Foods and beverages sold or served at school will meet the nutrition recommendations of
the U.S. Dietary Guidelines for Americans.

Special dietary needs and food allergy concerns will be addressed through a standardized
process which requires physician and parent documentation and directives. Such
information will be kept on file in the Food Service Director’s office and in the Nurse’s
Office. Parents will be advised of the process requirements multiple times annually.

Qualified child nutrition professionals will provide students with access to a variety of
affordable, nutritious, and appealing foods that meet the health and nutrition needs of
students and faculty and will provide a clean, safe and pleasant setting with adequate time
for students and faculty to eat.

Our Lady of Charity School will provide nutrition and physical education to foster
lifelong habits of healthy eating and adequate physical exercise and will establish
linkages between health education and school meal programs, and with related
community health services through Crozer Chester Hospital outreach programs and those
provided through the Penn State Cooperative Extension Programs.

The success of the Wellness Program of Our Lady of Charity School will be reviewed
each May by school community representatives, student and parent surveys which
combined with the formal observations of the Food Service Director and the Principal,
will provide direction for the next school year.
COMPELLING RESEARCH

Recent research into the lifestyle of children in the United States has produces a profile
which does not bode well for the future well-being of our children and of our nation. In
1999-2000 an American Heart Association’s “A Nation at Risk” report indicated that our
children’s primary food choice was a carbonated beverage with no nutritional value and
that the amount of food they were consuming from fast food restaurants had more than
doubled in the last twenty years. During that same time that fast food industry has moved
to a practice of “super sizing” portions distorting the child’s view of proper diet.
Simultaneously, family work changes and fears for children’s safety have fostered a
childhood culture in which by 2005 the Institute for Medicine found that less than 25
percent of children get at least 30 minutes of physical activity per day. The US
Department of Health and Human Services has determined that almost one-third of all
children ages 6-19 are considered overweight or at risk for becoming overweight. The
Institute for Medicine placed nine million children over the age of six on the list of the
obese, noting that childhood obesity indicates a 70 percent risk of adult obesity and its
related risks for type 2 diabetes, heart disease, hypertension, heart disease. Two thirds of
the deaths in the United States are attributed to these diseases.

Less than half of our current student body participates in structured athletic programs
outside of the school environment. Fundraising activities traditionally utilized by our
school community have centered upon food items. Celebrations of holidays and
birthdays have also traditionally centered upon dessert items, candy and sugared
beverages. Parent involvement is therefore essential to the success of our school
Wellness Program.

Therefore, the Wellness Program for Our Lady of Charity School will provide training
for parents, faculty and children regarding healthful lifestyles.

The school environment will be structured to promote and model choices that promote
good health through good nutrition and substantial physical activity, and education
regarding healthful living. This will be accomplished through a framework that requires
scheduling that permits compliance with national goals and establishment of school
community guidelines for foods to be served within the school environment.

NUTRITIONAL QUALITY OF FOODS AND BEVERAGES SERVED
Meals served through the National School Lunch Program will be appealing and
attractive to children, served in clean and pleasant surroundings, and meet the minimum
nutrition requirements established by local, state and federal statutes and regulations. A
choice of fruits and vegetables will be made available. Only low-fat (2 % or 1%) and fat-
free milk and nutritionally –equivalent non-dairy alternatives will be offered as
beverages. Half of the served grains will be whole grain.

Students who have food allergies and/or special dietary needs will be served according to
the guidelines provided by documents from their physicians.
Students, parents, and faculty will be engaged in an annual Health and Food Fair during
which they will participate in taste tests, surveys, and selection of foods to be sold
through the school lunch program. The school lunch program will also share information
about the nutritional content of foods sold. Menus for the lunch program will be
available on a monthly basis with multiple food choices provided each day.

The school lunch program will make every effort to eliminate any social stigma attached
to the receipt of free or reduced-fee lunches.

Students and faculty will have thirty minutes daily scheduled for their lunch periods. The
lunch program schedule will be divided into time periods permitting no more than ten
minutes for service, allowing twenty minutes after sitting down to eat. These lunch
periods will be scheduled between 11:30 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. daily. Lunch recess will
include an outdoor playtime of twenty minutes daily at all grade levels. No other activity
shall occur during the lunch hour. No child shall be kept from the regular lunch or
playtime for disciplinary reasons.

Children will have access to hand-washing or hand-sanitizing facilities before eating.

Students will be prohibited from sharing food or beverages with one another during snack
and lunch times.

Water will be the beverage of choice for morning snack time in school. Carbonated
beverages will be prohibited during the school day. Drinks for special events during the
school day will comply with National School Lunch Program guidelines.

Snacks sold or offered at school will have no more than 35% of its calories from fat
(exclusive of peanut butter), and 10% of its calories from saturated fats and trans fats
combined. No more than 35% of the weight may be from added sugars, and no more
than 230 mg of sodium per serving is permitted for snack items. No vending machines
will be present on the school property. Foods brought from home will be expected to
meet these standards. The suggested caloric amount for morning snack is 70 to 100
calories as children eat lunch within two hours.

Nutritional facts labels for all products served are on file for ready reference in the Food
Service Director’s Office.

To support the children’s health and school nutrition efforts, school fundraising activities
will not involve foods or will use only foods that meet the above standards. Menus for
fundraising events will be reviewed by Wellness Program committee members for
approval prior to the event.

Snacks served during the school day or in the after-school care program will be required
to make a positive contribution to the children’s diets and health, with an emphasis on
servings of fruits and vegetables as the primary snack and water as the primary beverage.
Parents will be reminded of this policy at intervals and will be notified if multiple failures
to comply occur. Snacks will not be sold after lunch on a daily basis so as to encourage
children to eat their full lunch and to discourage bullying for money. On pre-selected
days nutritious snacks will be offered.

Our Lady of Charity School community will not utilize foods or beverages, especially
those not meeting standards set, as rewards for academic performance or good behavior.
Neither will foods be withheld as a punishment.

Birthday and holiday celebrations held within the school environment will not include
food within Grades One through Grade Eight. Pre-school student programs will include
events whose food items are presented in coordination with the school lunch program and
in balance with total food intake for the day. Once a month a school wide birthday
celebration will be held during the school lunch program during which children will have
cake for dessert. Special holidays such as Halloween, Christmas, Valentine’s Day, St.
Patrick’s Day, the Parish Feast Day, an Easter day and Field Day, will include one food
or beverage item such as cake, ice cream, popsicles or water ice. Water will remain the
primary beverage.

NUTRITION EDUCATION

With in the school environment, students will receive nutritional education according to
Archdiocesan Curriculum Guidelines appropriate to developmental levels on a sequential
format providing for repetition and review. Students will be equipped with the
knowledge and skills necessary to promote and protect their health. Coordination of
information from community health providers, the school lunch program and outside
resources will enhance the readiness for learning and student achievement in this area.
The goal of these lessons will be behavior based. Lessons will be primarily provided
through the physical education department with additional assembly programs focused on
exercise and nutrition. Content area teachers will incorporate nutritional education into
math, science and reading. Instruction will be monitored to assure consistency.

Parents will receive nutritional education information pieces through the school lunch
program and through one of four annual general Home and School Association meetings.
Parents will be notified of the School Wellness Policies through weekly communication
envelopes, Back to School Night Programs and through school web pages. The school
will provide parents with the list of food standards for snacks and advise them of the plan
for school celebrations. An opportunity for parents to share healthy snack and lunch
choices and recipes will be made available at least once a year during Catholic Schools
Week. Parents will be provided with information regarding developmental physical
standards, and nutrition and sleep standards for their children.

Faculty will be in-serviced at least once a year locally and will be provided with
additional outside in-service opportunities. Faculty will serve as role models and will be
expected to adhere to food standards set in place for students. The staff will select a
health goal annually which will include educational and behavioral aspects.
PHYSICAL ACTIVITY
The school will promote the goal of at least 60 minutes of physical activity per day for all
children with the desire that children make exercise a personal requirement when they are not in
the school environment. Children will have a fifteen minute morning recess break with students
in Pre-K through Grade Four engaging in out door free play exercise. Lunch recess for all
students Pre-K through Grade Eight will include 20 minutes of out door free play activity. All
students will be encouraged to engage in active play. Additional minutes daily will be achieved
through hands on or group activities, movement between classes or stretch breaks within the
classroom. No students will be engaged in sitting for a time longer than 55 minutes, regardless of
age. Students in Pre-K through Grade Three, who are not eligible to participate in after-school
competitive sports will have an additional physical education class period weekly to compensate.

The school will work toward programming an annual family event which has its focus on
exercise, such as a 5K walk or race or family field event. Field trip opportunities will include an
aspect providing physical exercise, such as pre-school class trips to local gymnastic centers. The
school will work toward participation in the President’s Physical Fitness Program. All students
Grades Four through Eight will be eligible and encouraged to participate in the CYO competitive
athletics program offering a variety of teams and sports during fall, winter and spring. Students at
lower levels will be invited to participate in soccer camps. No student will be unable to
participate due to financial concerns.

OTHER SCHOOL-BASED ACTIVITIES
The school will develop a total school environment in which good health is integrated into all
aspects of school life. Wellness will be considered a benchmark issue to be considered in all
aspects of the school program.

        -   Physical activity will not be used as a punishment.
        -   Food will not be used as a reward.
        -   Recess will be scheduled daily mid-morning.
        -   Drinking water will be available at all meals, activities and during the day.
        -   Students will have access to hand-washing facilities or hand sanitizers before eating.
        -   Fundraising choices will support the School Wellness Policy goals.
        -   All adults within the school community will agree to serve as healthy role models
            during the school day and on the school site.
        -   The School Wellness Policy will be considered in planning all school based activities
            during the day, evening or weekends.
        -   The school will actively seek opportunities to partner with local health providers,
            food vendors or other community programs to foster healthy lifestyle choices.
        -   Student participation in after school physical activities will be supported by the
            school.
        -   An annual Health and Food Fair will be held with parents, students and faculty
            participating.
        -   Access to the food service area will be restricted to authorized school community
            members during the school day.
        -   All staff members will be involved with the School Wellness Program and required
            to promote its goals.
        -   In-service training will be provided to both parents and faculty during each school
            year.
        September, 2006
        Updated, August. 2010

								
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