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 Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 (HHFKA) added additional requirements for 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.
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.
Local School Wellness Policy Implementation Under the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010. Each local educational agency that participates in the National School Lunch Program or other federal Child Nutrition programs is required by federal law to establish a local school wellness policy for all schools and residential child care institutions under its jurisdiction. All school districts and residential child care institutions should have Local School Wellness Policies on file and evaluate the implementation of these policies.
Wellness Policy Resources
- Local School Wellness Policy Implementation Summary (pdf)
- Local School Wellness Policy Implementation Review Form (word)
- Local School Wellness Policy Administrative Review for Corrective Action form (word)
- Gold Standard School Wellness Policy (pdf)
- Alaska Implementation Evaluation (word)
- Action for Healthy Kids - creating health-promoting schools that support sound nutrition and physical activity as part of a total learning environment.
- Wellness Policies: Overview of Requirements (powerpoint)
- Team Nutrition: School Nutrition Environment and Wellness Resources
- State Resources and References (pdf)
- USDA: Tools for Schools
- USDA: Best Practices Sharing Center