Local Wellness Policies and Resources

National School Lunch Program Local Wellness Policies

The Local School Wellness Policy was signed into law by President Bush on June 30, 2004, and became effective on July 1, 2004. This law states that all school districts and residential child care institutions that participate in the National School Lunch Program must develop a Wellness Policy. The purpose of this page is to make all NSLP participant’s wellness policies available to anyone who would like to review them.

What is a Wellness Policy?

The goal of a Local School Wellness Policy is to promote the health of students and address the ever growing childhood obesity problem. Wellness Policies should set goals for nutrition education, physical activity, and guidelines for food and beverages that are available on school campuses during the school day. These policies should promote student wellness and involve a broad group of community members—parents, students, school administrators, teachers, school food authorities, and the general public.

Implementation

All school districts and residential child care institutions should have created and implemented a local wellness policy by the beginning of the 2006-2007 school year. Although most districts and RCCI’s have approved Wellness Policies, many have not fully implemented these policies.

Alaska School Wellness Policies

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Wellness Policies