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(Implements Board of Education Policy 1110-6)
The Department of Education (DOE) recognizes that there are links among nutrition education, the food served in schools, and the amount of physical activity. Student wellness is affected by all of these. The DOE also recognizes that when students’ wellness needs are met they attain higher achievement levels. To enable the development of life-long healthy habits, each of Hawaii’s public schools shall implement these Wellness Guidelines over a four-year period (SY 2007-08 through SY 2010-11).
The Wellness Guidelines are based upon the following principles:
Assessment and evaluation will be an integral part of ensuring the adoption and implementation of these Wellness Guidelines.
Each school will have a designated school committee or council that regularly addresses school health issues. This committee shall be responsible for ensuring that the Hawaii Wellness Guidelines are implemented at the school.
The purpose of the committee will be to improve and maintain the school health environment to promote the level of healthy students with an emphasis on lifelong physical activity, nutrition, and being tobacco free.
The committee can be an existing body (i.e., School Community Council, Safety Committee, Quality School Support/Comprehensive Student Support Services Committee) or a newly formed group.
The committee shall include representatives from the school administration, staff/faculty, students and community.
The committee shall utilize the School Health Index and other sources of data to identify priority areas and to monitor improvements in those areas on an annual basis. Priority areas should be included in the school’s Academic and Financial Plan.
The committee shall ensure that the school provide families with information about community physical activity resources and is encouraged to work closely with community organizations and programs that help schools implement these Wellness Guidelines.
Food/beverage providers must promote positive nutritional logos and trademarks on school grounds.
Nutrition information for products offered in snack bars, ala carte, vending, etc. is readily available near the point of purchase.
All food and beverages sold or served to students at school or at school sponsored functions must comply with the current USDA Dietary Guidelines. Exceptions can be made for food and beverage items provided at one-time privately catered school sponsored events such as Prom or Winter Ball. Fund-raising events are not exempt.
The following items are not provided to students anywhere at school or at school-sponsored functions:
All reimbursable meals shall fulfill Federal nutrient standards as required by the USDA Child Nutrition Program regulations.
All meals sold or served to students at school or at school sponsored functions must comply with the current USDA Dietary Guidelines.
Meals should feature fresh and minimally processed fruits and vegetables from local sources to the greatest extent possible.
After-school snacks served as part of the National School Lunch Program or the Child and Adult Care Food Program must meet USDA meal pattern requirements.
All snack items sold or served to students anywhere at school or at school sponsored functions, including items sold in ala carte lines and fundraisers, or provided in classrooms must meet the Institute of Medicine (IOM) standards per serving based on the nutrition facts label or U.S. Food and Drug Administration-established serving size reference amount:
All beverages sold or served to students at school or at school sponsored functions must comply with the current IOM guidelines.
Beverages for all students include:
Beverages for secondary level students after school may include:
All required health education classes include a focus on knowledge and skills that support healthy eating and are aligned with the Hawaii Content and Performance Standards for Health Education. Nutrition education is integrated into other areas of the curriculum such as math, science, language arts, and social studies. Standards-based health and nutrition education information are taught by or done in collaboration with a teacher.
Instructional periods incorporating quality standards-based health education totals of a minimum of:
Standards-based health and nutrition education curricula information involve sharing information with families and the broader community (i.e., area sports leagues, youth groups & school clubs) to positively impact students and the health of the community. In recognition of the existing health disparities prevalent among Hawaii’s children, nutrition education includes multiple options for achieving optimum nutrition and health, and includes practical, multi-ethnic approaches that reach across all economic strata.
A systemic approach to physical activity develops and reinforces a physically active lifestyle. Teachers play a large role in increasing physical activity for students. Teachers must attend physical education workshops and conferences for professional development.
All required physical education classes shall be aligned with the Hawaii Content and Performance Standards for Physical Education. Physical education is an integral part of the total education of every child kindergarten through grade 12. Quality physical education programs facilitate the development of physically active lifestyles and are needed to increase the physical competence, health-related fitness, personal responsibility, and enjoyment of physical activity for all students so that they can be physically active for a lifetime.
School faculty and staff, including School Food Services Staff, will be provided professional development in Hawaii’s Wellness Guidelines, health and nutrition education, physical education and Coordinated School Health summits.