School Nutrition Programs Local Wellness Policy
The Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 (HHFKA) requires all local educational agencies participating in federal Child Nutrition programs to establish and implement, for all schools under its jurisdiction, local school wellness policies that meet minimum standards designed to promote sound nutrition, student health, reduce childhood obesity, and provide transparency to the public on the school nutrition environment.
Local Wellness Policy Success Stories
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Intent of Use
The Local Wellness Policy template serves as an interactive resource for schools participating in the National School Lunch Program and/or School Breakfast Program. The Local Wellness Policy template helps schools meet the minimum Local Wellness Policy requirements set forth by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The intent is for districts to tailor the template as needed based on the district's specific goals. Schools should consider the needs of the population being served along with evidence-based resources and research when determining goals to be included in the Local Wellness Policy. This template may be used as a Local Wellness Policy or as a supplement to a district's Local Wellness Policy.
How to Use
The text contained in the Local Wellness Policy template is intended to be altered as districts see fit. Schools/districts are responsible for reviewing rules and regulations governing Local Wellness Policies in order to ensure that edits made to the template for purposes of using the template as a district's own Local Wellness Policy continue to meet federal and local requirements. Red, italicized text provides guidance and clarification on regulatory requirements and best practices. This text may be removed once the Local Wellness Policy is completed by the district. Yellow, highlighted text designates sections where districts should insert customized policy language based on school's own needs.
State Goal on Wellness Policy Adopted by the Illinois State Board of Education
Public Act 94-0199 required the Illinois Department of Public Health, the Illinois Department of Human Services, and the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) to form an interagency working group to convene a School Wellness Policy Task Force consisting of members of various organizations and agencies as identified in the legislation.
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