Oregon Department of Education

Wellness Policies and Practices

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School District Wellness Policies

Research shows that healthy kids are better learners and healthy staff are more engaged school and community members. A school wellness policy is a great first step towards creating this type of healthy, supportive school environment.

All school districts participating in the National School Lunch Program or the School Breakfast Program are required to develop and implement a school district wellness policy.
  • This requirement is a result of the Child Nutrition and WIC Reauthorization Act of 2004 and most recently, the Healthy Hunger Free Kids Act of 2010. To access the final rule click here.
  • Local school district wellness policy requirements can be found here.

Updating, implementing and evaluating the school wellness policy is vital, and there are lots of tools and resources that can help you create a healthy school enviroment.

Help for your School District

Information about Oregon Healthy Schools, a Partnership between ODE CNP and the Oregon Health Authority/Public Health Division.

Annual School Wellness Awards and Winners

School Wellness Award information and list of past winners.

News Announcements & Events

Updates, articles and archives related to School Wellness.
CDC Training Tools for Healthy Schools: Professional Development web badge

Samples of Policy Language to Use and Adopt
OSBA OSBA Sample District Wellness Policy and Administrative Regulations
  • Sample district-level wellness policy
  • Meets the Federal standards under the Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010
  • Oregon Physical Education 2017 requirements
Healthier Generation https://www.healthiergeneration.org/take_action/schools/wellness_councils__policies/
  • District-level wellness policy template meets the minimum Federal standards for local school wellness policy under the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010
  • The Alliance for a Healthier Generation Healthy Schools Program “Bronze”-level recognition criteria,
  • Optional policy language that meets the Healthy Schools Program “Silver” or “Gold” levels.
National Alliance for Nutrition and Activity National Alliance for Nutrition & Activity
  • The model nutrition and physical activity policies meet the new federal requirement.
  • Comprehensive set of model nutrition from exemplary states and local school districts around the country.
  • To promote children's health and well-being.

Teacher and Parent

Local School District Wellness Policy

Local wellness policies are an important tool for parents, local educational agencies (LEAs) and school districts in promoting student wellness, preventing and reducing childhood obesity, and providing assurance that school meal nutrition guidelines meet the minimum federal school meal standards.

Resources for Wellness Policy Development
Team Nutrition http://www.fns.usda.gov/tn/local-school-wellness-policy
  • 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 under its jurisdiction.
  • Proposed rule and helpful links.
Action for Healthy Kids http://www.actionforhealthykids.org/
  • Tools and resources to assist schools in wellness efforts.
Centers for Disease Control and Preventionhttp://www.cdc.gov/healthyyouth/npao/wellness.htm
  • Background information, policy requirements, research briefs and additional resources.

Resources to Aid in the Evaluation of Written Wellness Policies
Wellness School Assessment Tool http://wellsat.org/
  • WellSAT: 2.0 was designed to assist schools in assessing the quality of their existing wellness policies.
  • This tool will be especially useful for district-level administrators, wellness policy advisory board members, and researchers.

Assessment, Implementation and Measuring Wellness Policies and Practices
School Improvement Tool http://sitool.ascd.org/Default.aspx - ASCD School Improvement Tool
  • Designed for use in schools and districts around the world, offers educators a comprehensive and completely online needs assessment
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention http://www.cdc.gov/healthyyouth/shi/index.htm
  • CDC online self-assessment and planning tool that schools can use to improve their health and safety policies and programs.
  • Measures how well schools address six health topics: nutrition, physical activity, unintentional injury and violence prevention, tobacco use prevention, asthma, and sexual health.
  • Evaluate where your school stands and guide your team in determining priorities and developing goals.
Alliance for Healthier Generation https://schools.healthiergeneration.org/dashboard/about_assessment/
  • The School Health Index that addresses two health topics: nutrition and physical activity.
  • Resources, access to national experts, and opportunities to earn national awards from the Alliance in addition to the USDA's HealthierUS School Challenge and Let's Move! Active Schools.
NFSMI http://www.nfsmi.org/documentlibraryfiles/PDF/20130228111227.pdf PDF
  • A guide to help school districts conduct an evaluation of local wellness policies.
  • Step-by-step instructions for conducting an evaluation, deciding what the results mean, and communicating the findings to stakeholders.
Active Kids

Required Content Area for Wellness Policies

Kids who eat healthier and move more perform better in school. Studies show that healthy kids get better grades, attend school more often and behave better in class. We now know that making time for physical activity and nutrition in school is not a break from academics; it’s an investment in higher academic performance.

Nutrition Education and Nutrition Promotion
Team Nutrition www.teamnutrition.usda.gov/
  • Training and technical assistance for foodservice, nutrition education for children and their caregivers, and school and community support for healthy eating and physical activity.
Dietary Guidelines http://www.health.gov/dietaryguidelines/
  • Guidelines for Federal food and nutrition education programs.
My Plate http://www.choosemyplate.gov/
  • Provides practical information to help consumers build healthier diets with resources and tools for dietary assessment, nutrition education, and other user-friendly nutrition information.
  • Online resources and tools to make healthier food choices for themselves, their families, and their children.
Oregon Dairy Council http://www.oregondairycouncil.org/
  • School Wellness resources, nutrition information, dairy links and health connections for families and professionals.
Oregon State University http://health.oregonstate.edu/child-development-center/health-in-action
  • Nutrition and physical activity programs for early childhood to improve overall health and prevent obesity.
Play 60 http://www.oregondairycouncil.org/FUTP60/
  • Empowers youth to take actions to improve nutrition and physical activity in their school and personal lives.

Physical Activity
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention http://www.cdc.gov/healthyyouth/physicalactivity/cspap.htm
  • Multi-component approach by which school districts and schools use all opportunities for students to be physically active, meet the nationally-recommended 60 minutes of physical activity each day, and develop the knowledge, skills, and confidence to be
Let's Move http://www.letsmove.gov/learn-facts/epidemic-childhood-obesity
  • Comprehensive initiative, launched by the First Lady, dedicated to solving the problem of obesity within a generation.
  • Nutrition and physical activity resources.
Northwest Health Foundation http://www.northwesthealth.org/hbhc/activeschools
  • Programs that inspire a lifelong love of physical activity and its many benefits through opportunities to be active before, during and after school.
Go Noodle https://www.gonoodle.com/about
  • Helps kids (and staff) channel their physical and emotional energy for good.
  • Learn more about free brain breaks for the classroom.
JAM http://www.jamschoolprogram.com/
  • A free program for schools that is designed to incorporate physical activity and health.

Other School-Based Activities that Promote Student and Staff Wellness
Farm to School http://www.ode.state.or.us/search/results/?id=379
  • This site provides links to many of the state efforts, from television ads to a grant program for school districts, and also provides links to other resources and contacts in Oregon
OEA Choice Trust http://www.oeachoice.com/wp-content/uploads/Blueprint.pdf PDF
  • A guide to making employee wellness programs work for school districts, Education Service Districts and community colleges. To find out more, please visit www.oeachoice.com.
Safe Routes http://www.saferoutesinfo.org/
  • National resource for Safe Routes to School.
Safe Routes http://www.oregonsaferoutes.org/ - Oregon Safe Routes to School
  • Creating safe, convenient, and fun opportunities for children to bicycle and walk to and from schools.
  • SRTS programs increase physical activity and improve unsafe walking and bicycling conditions on routes to and from school and throughout the community.
American Heart Association http://www.heart.org/HEARTORG/Educator/Educator_UCM_001113_SubHomePage.jsp
  • Classroom resources to address the mission is to build healthier lives, free of cardiovascular diseases and stroke.
Playworks http://www.playworks.org/
  • Resource to help create a place for every kid on the playground, a place where every kid belongs, has fun and is part of the game.
Thriving Schools http://thrivingschools.kaiserpermanente.org/
  • A comprehensive effort to create a culture of health and wellness for students, staff and teachers in K-12 schools.
Oregon ASK http://www.oregonask.org/
  • Addresses common issues and concerns across all out-of-school time services – child care, recreation, education and youth development.
Oregon PTA http://oregonpta.org/
  • Engaging and empowering families and communities to advocate for all children.

Other School Related Resources
Whole School http://www.ascd.org/programs/learning-and-health/wscc-model.aspx
  • Model that combines and builds on elements of the traditional coordinated school health approach and the whole child framework.
CDC http://www.cdc.gov/healthyyouth/npao/strategies.htm - School Health Guidelines to Promote Healthy Eating and Physical Activity
  • A guide to help local and community child care, early education and afterschool programs establish and implement policies and practices that encourage healthy lifestyles.
Tips for Teachers http://www.cdc.gov/healthyyouth/npao/pdf/Tips_for_Teachers_TAG508.pdf PDF
  • Tips for Teachers – Promoting Healthy Eating & Physical Activity in the Classroom
Parents for Healthy Schools http://www.cdc.gov/healthyschools/parentengagement/parentsforhealthyschools.htm?s_cid=bb-dph-healthyschools-003
  • Provides parents with practical strategies and actions to improve the school health environment
OHA Public Health https://public.health.oregon.gov/HealthyPeopleFamilies/Pages/index.aspx
  • Information about public health topics and programs that impact Oregonians’ health across the lifespan.
National After School Association http://www.naaweb.org/default.asp?contentID=672
  • Healthy eating and physical activity standards for before and after school programs.
President's Challenge http://www.presidentschallenge.org/index.shtml
  • Research-based information, easy-to-use tools, and friendly motivation to increase and improve physical activity, fitness and nutrition.
Active Living Resource Center http://www.bikewalk.org/alrc.php
  • Resources to increase child and parent physical activity primarily through bike riding and walking, rather than driving.

  • Heidi Dupuis Email    (503) 947-5893
    Child Nutrition Programs - Program Mgr, School Nutrition Programs
  • Suzanne Hidde Email    (503) 947-5960
    Standards and Instructional Support - Education Program Specialist