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What is the new Wellness What are the new federal What is the link between Policy? policy requirements? health and academics? Research continues to show the link between health Wellness policy must include: Wellness policy must include: Child Nutrition and WIC Reauthorization Act and academic achievement. The federal Wellness of 2004: Goals for nutrition education, physical Policy helps schools strengthen that link. In addition activity, and other wellness promotion to the Nutrition and Physical Education "Not later than the first day of the school year activities. components mentioned on the previous page, beginning after June 30, 2006, each local www.mascd.org/publications/Focus/FOCUS4-05.pdf schools can include other elements of the educational agency participating in a program www.schoolwellnesspolicies.org Massachusetts Coordinated School Health Program, authorized by Richard B. Russell National www.ma-hperd.org such as: School Lunch Act (42 U.S.C. 1751 et seq.) or the Child Nutrition Act of 1966 (42 U.S.C. Parent/Community Involvement 1771 et seq.) shall establish a local school Nutrition guidelines for all food available on www.doe.mass.edu/boe/sac/parent/pandc.pdf each school campus www.mascd.org/publications/Focus/FOCUS4-05.pdf wellness policy for schools under the local www.cdc.gov/healthyyouth/nutrition/pdf/summary.pdf education agency." www.nasbe.org/HealthySchools Counseling & Psychological Services www.nasponline.org www.teamnutrition.usda.gov www.mentalhealthscreening.org/schools What!?! Another Mandate? Guidelines for school meals that are not www.AdolescentWellness.org Yes. This mandate is a unique opportunity to less restrictive than USDA guidelines establish a local infrastructure to promote Health Services www.cdc.gov/mmwr/pdf/rr/rr4509.pdf wellness and to remove health-related www.nasn.org www.msno.org/book.html barriers to teaching and learning. Plans to measure how well schools meet www.mass.gov/dph policy goals. Make at least one person in The following guidelines and resources also each school responsible for ensuring that support schools to meet the goals of No Child the school develops and implements the Health Promotion for Staff www.mass.gov/dph/fch/dchp.htm Left Behind and the Safe and Drug Free Wellness Policy. www.schoolwellnesspolicies.org/WellnessResources.html# Schools legislation. The goal is to provide a http://actionforhealthykids.org/pdf/report_small.pdf staffwellness safe, supportive learning environment. www.fns.usda.gov/tn/Resources/makingithappen.html Health Education www.doe.mass.edu/cnp/hprograms/cshp www.doe.mass.edu/frameworks/health/1999/1099.pdf www.aahperd.org/aahe/pdf_files/standards.pdf “Schools could do more than perhaps any Healthy School Environment other single institution in society to help www.epa.gov/iaq/schools/ young people…live healthier, longer, more www.asthmaregionalcouncil.org/about/focus_schools.html satisfying, and productive lives.” Carnegie www.mphaweb.org/HealthySchools.htm Council on Adolescent Development Family & Consumer Science Education www.johnstalkerinstitute.org A GUIDE ABOUT THE ADVISORY COUNCIL NEXT STEPS TO IMPLEMENTING The IHEHSAC was established by the HOW CAN MY DISTRICT IMPLEMENT Education Reform Act of 1993. The purpose YOUR DISTRICT’S THIS POLICY? of the Advisory Council is to advise the Commissioner and the Board of Education on WELLNESS POLICY matters pertinent to the implementation of the Form a Health Advisory Council to Education Reform Act in the Commonwealth. develop your local wellness policy. As in the Coordinated School Health 2006-2007 Advisory Council Members Model, members may include parents, *Marc Alterio, Health & Wellness consultant students, school committee members, Bob Anthony, Adolescent Wellness, Inc. administrators, food service members, Jessica Blom-Hoffman, Northeastern University and the public. Patricia Boland, Berkshire Hills RSD Lydia Burak, Bridgewater State College Include the wellness policy in the *Mary Connolly, Cambridge College, Curry College school district goals and improvement Kathleen DeFillippo, Lawrence Public Schools plan for each individual school. Patricia Degon, Shrewsbury High School Identify a district administrator who will Eileen DiBattista, Medford Public Schools ensure the school complies with the Marion Freedman-Gurspan, MA DMH law and to help develop and Denise Gaudette, New Bedford Public Schools implement the wellness policy. Ellie Goldberg, MA PTA Greg Miller, MA Coalition for Suicide Prevention Identify a wellness coordinator in each Mary Ni, Salem State College building, or for your district, who can Dave Nichols, Andover Public Schools ensure that policies are developed and Melissa Pearrow, U Mass-Boston implemented. Judith Robinson, Groton-Dunstable RSD Conduct a needs assessment to Anne Sheetz, MA DPH identify needs and to set goals. The Coleen Walsh, Springfield Public Schools CDC’s School Health Index is a helpful *Co-chairs resource. Publicize and build widespread DOE Liaison and Contact for Questions support for your district’s policy in the local community. Carol Goodenow, Ph.D. Prepared by the Massachusetts Director, Coordinated School Health Programs Interdisciplinary Health Establish a way to measure and Massachusetts Department of Education Education and Human Services monitor the progress of the wellness 350 Main Street Advisory Council (IHEHS-AC) policy activities. Malden, MA 02148 Monitor the wellness policy and make (781) 338-3603; email@example.com changes as needed. www.doe.mass.edu/boe/sac/councils/health.html Supporting school health by moving from policy to action.