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Providing a Healthy School Environment

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									Providing a Healthy School
       Environment
                Dee Baker
Executive Director, Child Nutrition Programs


              Sandy Garrett
 State Superintendent of Public Instruction


            State Superintendent’s Annual
                   Leadership Conference
                    AN OFFICIAL CENTENNIAL EVENT
   Providing a Healthy School
          Environment
• Healthy and Fit School Advisory
  Committee

• United States Department of
  Agriculture (USDA) Wellness
  Policy
 Healthy and Fit School Advisory
           Committee
Implementation: School Year
(SY) 2004-2005
• One committee per school site
  – Composed of six members including:
    teachers, administrators, parents,
    health care professionals, and/or
    business representatives
Healthy and Fit School Advisory
          Committee
• May be combined with the Safe
  School Committee
• Study and make recommendations
  to the site principal regarding:
   –Health education
   –Physical education and activity
   –Nutrition and health services
Healthy and Fit School Advisory
          Committee
• Principal shall give consideration
  to recommendations of the
  committee
• Noncompliance will result in a
  deficiency on the accreditation
  report
   United States Department of
   Agriculture Wellness Policy
     Implementation: July 1, 2006
• Include goals for nutrition education,
  physical activity, and school-based activities
  that are designed to promote student
  wellness
• Involve parents, students, a representative of
  the school food authority (SFA), the school
  board, school administrators, and the public
  United States Department of
  Agriculture Wellness Policy

Four basic components of a Wellness
   Policy:
1. Nutrition education goals
2. Physical activity goals
3. Nutrition standards
4. Other school-based activities
 Providing a Healthy School
        Environment
HealthierUS School Challenge:
USDA/Food and Nutrition Services’
recognition of schools who have
taken steps in helping students
learn to make healthy eating and
active lifestyle choices.
 HealthierUS School Challenge

Silver and Gold Certification Criteria:
• Be an elementary school
• Be enrolled as a Team Nutrition
  School
• Offer reimbursable lunches that
  meet USDA nutrition standards
   Silver and Gold Certification
• Provide nutrition education to students
• Provide students the opportunity for physical
  activity
• Maintain a minimum Average Daily
  Participation (ADP) of 70% of school
  enrollment for reimbursable lunches
• Adhere to guidelines established by Food
  and Nutrition Service (FNS) for foods
  served/sold in schools outside the National
  School Lunch Program
     What is Team Nutrition?
• Nutrition education initiative for
  USDA’s Child Nutrition Programs

• Application process: Online

• Free promotional items from USDA
HealthierUS School Challenge
             Application:
• Application packet and
  instructions can be downloaded at:
< teamnutrition.usda.gov/HealthierUS>
• Verify school’s adherence to the
  criteria
HealthierUS School Challenge
        Application: continued
• Must be evaluated by local review panel
• Endorsed by the school’s leadership –
  including its principal
• Submitted to State Agency (SA) for
  evaluation
  – SA forwards to USDA/FNS Regional Office
   Providing a Healthy School
          Environment
      Farm to School Program
         (House Bill 2655):

• Link schools and Oklahoma farms

• Help children develop healthy eating
  habits
   Providing a Healthy School
          Environment
      Farm to School Program
       (HB 2655): continued

• Provide hands-on learning
  opportunities
• Integrate nutrition and agriculture
  education into school curricula

								
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