acceptance acceptance acceptance acceptance acceptance acceptance acceptance acceptance acceptance acceptance acceptance acceptance acceptance acceptance acceptance acceptance acceptance acceptance changes classroom classroom combination commitment commitment commitment commitment commitment commitment commitment commitment commitment commitment commitment commitment commitment commitment condiments education foods foods junk food, time minimal minimal minimal minimal minimal minimal money money money,time money,time other other other other other other other other physical activity recess snacks snacks snacks snacks time time time time time time vending vending vending vending vending writing policy BARRIERS We were ahead of the curve. Some in the community were pushing for this leadership and some were not. "My kids is not obese." It has been very tough because there is not a strong culture of change throughout the state. It is going better. Numbers indicate that students are accepting. Slowly coming back up. Getting key people to buy in to the need to improve nutrition and physical activity and sticking to it. Availablity of less nutritious options through the food bank. Kids accepting not having "white" bread choice. We overcame that barrier by telling students on the very first day of school that it was part of helping them learn to make healthy choices now and in the future. There was a little grumbling at first but there has been no decline in consumption. We need an inservice day so that everyone working here from teachers, administration to cooking staff understand the policy the same way. Many things need to be explained but with 3 different buildings that is hard. The biggest barrier has been gaining the support of staff and parents. The committee emphasizes the positive aspects and tries to provide alternatives. Example: It was strongly suggested not to put candy in valentine cards. Alternatives suggested were make a donation to the humane society,or add party favors or prayers to the cards. The biggest barrier is get people to understand our students are not exceptions to the national statistics. The other barrier is that our kids are economically disadvantaged so food choices and portions should not be an issue. School Board was not well taught about the need. They felt it should be up to the parents to do some of these things. Community pressure to provice more during meal time than is recommended. The biggest barrier was the change itself. Questions about classroom parties, food used as incentives, and homebaked "goodies." How we overcame the barrier was through education to students, teachers, and parents. Turn over of cooks job. Not able to stick to the proportion sizes during meals due to the parental complaints regarding children not getting enough food to eat. Getting student acceptance to smaller portions and the removal of the 3rd entree. The biggest barrier is the expectations of students. We knew students would be in an uproar if we eliminated all candy and pop. Instead of dropping all pop and candy machines completely, we are in a weaning process. We have added healthy snacks with the candy. We have kept the pop machines in study hall, but put the juice and milk machines in the commons area where there is greater traffic and easy access. Next year we will reduce candy selection even more and replace with healthy snacks. We will also encourage concessions to offer healthy choices such as vegetable and fruit selections more than we had this year. Switching from white bread to whole grain, but only took about 1 week, and they weren't complaining anymore. Changing attitudes and habits of students and parents. Probably the biggest barrier was parent/student complaints in the change of types of food being offered. We are continuing to advertise and make info available on the benefits of healthy eating. Parents feeling that the school is becoming the parent and making the decisions on what their child can and cannot eat. Each grade level has different expectations and feelings on who the Wellness Policy works and is followed. Buy in. Initially, there was reluctance to adopt too stringent and detailed a policy, but we have moved beyond that level of concern and are now changing our district's culture toward wellness. The change has been a positive development for our district, its students and staff. Wellness has become a consideration of almost everything we consider. The biggest barrier has been trying to get teachers, who have done things a certain way for many years, to not use recess as a punishment for not getting work done! They take away a recess so that students have time to make up work, correct errors on assignments and receive extra help. We also need help in rewarding students with things OTHER than food. CLASS REWARDS/PARTIES The hardest part of implementing the wellness policy has been cutting down on the number of unhealthy snacks that are served at class parties. We have encouraged parents to check with the teachers before they decide on party snacks, and ask that all birthday treats be handed out at the end of the school day. Change is hard and we are finding that putting all healthy snacks in the milk machine doesn't sell but by mixing the items they tend to sell better. The second barrier is the serving size of our meals and getting the cooks to decrease the portion sizes to fit the needs of the children. The third barrier has been getting the teachers to give healthier rewards. The biggest barrier we faced in implementing the wellness policy would be breaking unhealthy ways of our staff. Not only for themselves but also for our students. Bevefrages of no nutritional value were being flaunted in front of our students during class times was a big obstacle. We overcame this with the healthy choice information and school policy rules. The teachers do not like the no pop policy very well. It has been continued and they are accepting it more and more as time goes by. The biggest barrier is the apathy of staff, students and community. We are slowly working at strengthening the policy, but will take time and education of all involved. An ongoing challenge is for all parents, students and staff to put into action the lessons and knowledge acquired to reduce childhood obesity and promote sometimes difficult because of what the students Change within the school setting is slow as well as overall wellness. experience outside the school setting. Sitting in front of the television, tv games, and food choices after school make it hard for students to understand why the school must change. Parents need to do more if things are to change. Setting examples would be a plus. Parent willingness to support healthy snack policy for school functions. Consistency in implementing policies. It takes time for new ways of doing things to be fully integrated into practice. We just keep promoting healthy living. The biggest barrier faced is the lack of follow-through in student nutrition after the school day is complete. The biggest barrier was to motivate staff members to make healthy food choices and to exercise on a daily basis. Staff members who choose to may walk in the school gym for 30 to 45 miles an hour. personal habits and behaviors Staff that is "set in thier ways" and resistant to change. Getting parents to be positive role models for their children. The on-going communication lapses that occur in a district of our size. The classroom reward issue of candy etc.. used instead of alternatives bothers us on the Team. We recently have written a handy brochure with different options of HEALTHY FOOD CHOICES for rewards. The biggest barrier is in regard to teacher implementation. It has been difficult to convince teachers not to keep children in from recess for punishment. It has been a past practice for a long time and has been a difficult adjustment. Discrepencies in condiments. Lack of objectivity in the understanding of what condiments are and that they are optional and not a requirement. Have not and will not overcome this barrier * Knowledge of nutrition by group members and others. Not knowing what is truly the right or wrong thing to serve. * Funding sources. Trying to find healthy foods that the majority of the students enjoy. Parents students wanting more choices and foods they like. Parents wanting their children to eat all they want. The biggest barrier we have faced in implementing healthy wellness policies at our school have been eliminating junk food as a reward, it has been eliminated but not forgotten. Another is that the Students need more time for physical fitness activities, however there are so many demands on every minute of the School day to teach academics that PE takes a back seat. We didn't have alot of barriers. The fundraising part was discussed the most with Student Council and how we can follow the plan, as well as still have fundraisers. We have not experienced any real barriers to date, we have attempted to implement ideas developed in our committe meetings using ou plan as a guide. We have had no real issues yet, but we have not gotten to the modifidation of vending machine offerings WE JUST DID IT AND HAD NO PROBLEMS. Really have not had any problems of acceptance of the policy. Just finding time to meet is the biggest issue for everyone. We did not have any real barriers. I believe people were ready to accept more healthy practices. Program loses money fiinding the funding for low fat low sodium food for the residents. Our biggest barriers: financial and lack of time to implement the policy (i.e. as the school nurse, I wanted to provide nutrition education to each class K-8 this year....due to budget, I only work 2.5 days a week....this has made it impossible to meet this goal). biggest barriers we have had is the lack of funding to do some of the physical activities and permanent learning labs we would like to incorporate permanently. the other is time. Staff are feeling the pressure of NCLB and find it difficult to implement nutrition lessons into the classroom. We are an adjustment Training Center and don't have children or a school like schedule which includes sports or PT. Activities are done at home in the evening. Barriers include: age and physical condition of people served, interest, staff willing to participate, staff "buying in" to the Wellness Plan. We plan to overcome these barriers with education. we are an adjustment training center serving teens and adults with developmental disabilities. Some questions do not apply. We do not have grades or recess, etc. Commissary items are not allowed to be purchased by inmates who are not maintaining the desired weight. RCCI - we don't fit with school districts The large number of inmates and the nutritional requirements of all of them are difficult to balance. Most information concerning wellness policies and practices are written for schools or school age children and we support adults with developmental disabilities. Many of the terms (i.e. recess, etc.) are just not appropriate for us. The availability of snack foods at local convenience store. Have not overcome that. Public athletic events The biggest barriers are availability of gym space and staff for increased physical activity time, and problems with scheduling for recess before lunch. Recess...not withholding and making sure we are getting enough minutes in each day. Serving healthy treats as rewards in classrooms and for parties. Offering healthier concessions during activity games. It is difficult to change people's mindset as to what types of snacks are available to students for school parties etc. Staff and parents are in general doing a good job and are very aware of providing healthy snacks. Changes in treats that parents can bring from home. It has taken awhile to get them used to bringing healthy foods. The biggest barriar is among the 6-12 students who are used to eating junk food type snacks instead of healthy meals. Parents do not see the urgency of the issue. This is still a problem, students are not completing homework and teachers do not have other times to work with them. Students will not stay after school and complete the work and a program is inplace for that. Also, if a child is disruptive at lunch or the noon recess, we can't keep them in from the noon recess. Academic time is now used for ISS. Policy needs constant reviewing to incorporate workable change. Biggest barrier - recess prior to lunch- time constraints make it difficult. NCLB has put pressure on the staff and so the basics of reading, writing, and math have used all the teaching time. Also, since the Health Team is not allowed to meet during the day, meetings are on a volunteer basis. There are people, who have nearly a 200 mile commute, and the time element eliminates them from after school meetings. Determining the scope of the physical education program; minutes per week per grade. This was a challenge because it meant a larger teaching load for our PE/Health teacher; and we can't afford to hire another at this point in time. We still have recess after lunch due to scheduling conflicts. We have not yet changed that to the time preferred before lunch. The elementary school not willing to increase pe time. Getting rid of diet pop. We stopped offering it through the vending machines on site. Deciding whether or not we should actually keep the vending machines in the building. Getting the soft drink companies to only stock healthy drinks in our vending machines. We have meet the challenge tho and they are even trying to get more 100% juices. Attitudes toward the availability of pop during school hours and during ball games has been difficult to overcome. Taking pop and candy out of vending machines and replacing them with healthy snacks and drinks. Time took care of this, the students now simply accept it. The school as a whole, including parents, students, faculty, and staff were very receptive to implentation of the Wellness Policy. The biggest barrier was in trying to write the policy itself! Most of the changes had already taken place by the time the policy was written.
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