STATE OF HAWAII
|OFFICE OF THE SUPERINTENDENT|
Complex Area Superintendents
Administrative Services Assistants
|CC:||Office of Business Services
Office of Curriculum, Instruction and Student Support
Systems Accountability Office
|FROM:||Patricia Hamamoto, State Superintendent
Office of the Superintendent
This is an electronic version of the hard copy memo signed by the Superintendent on 8/14/07.
The United States Department of Agriculture, under Public Law 108-265, Sec. 204, requires each school district participating in the National School Lunch Program to establish a local school "wellness policy."
Board of Education Policy 1110-6 (Health, Wellness, and Safety Policy) states the Department "has the fundamental responsibility to provide a safe and healthy working and learning environment for all public school students, employees, and persons under its jurisdiction."
Wellness Guidelines that implement the Board policy are attached. Each school will need to convene a committee that develops the school's implementation plan. Each school should select a wellness topic to work on, submit it to Dave Randall, and report at the end of this school year on progress. Further details are provided in the Wellness Guidelines. Mr. Randall's contact information is on page 2 of this memorandum.
Wellness, additional information and resources for schools to implement the Wellness Guidelines, will be posted on the DOE website by the end of August for your review.
Wellness is about more than food served on campus. It includes health and nutrition education, physical education, and physical activity outside of P.E. classes.
The wellness guidelines include:
Starting January 2008, a school level implementation plan and interactive site will be available.
The major elements of Wellness include:
The Department is committed to fighting obesity in our children. Our obligation is to cultivate a campus environment offering healthy choices and activities.
If you have questions on Wellness, please call:
I look forward to your participation in this effort to improve the health and well-being of all our students and staff.