St. Charles Catholic School’s Wellness Policies on
Physical Activity and Nutrition
Whereas, children need access to healthful foods and opportunities to be physically active in order to grow, learn, and thrive;
Whereas, good health fosters student attendance and education;
Whereas, obesity rates have doubled in children and tripled in adolescents over the last two decades, and physical activity and excessive calorie intake are the predominant causes of obesity;
Whereas, heart disease, cancer, stroke, and diabetes are responsible for two-thirds of deaths in the United States, and major risk factors for those diseases, including unhealthy eating habits, physical inactivity, and obesity, often are established in childhood;
Whereas, only 2% of children (2 to 19 years) eat a healthy diet consistent with the five main recommendations from the Food Guide Pyramid;
Whereas, nationally, the items most commonly sold from school vending machines, school stores, and snack bars include low-nutrition foods and beverages, such as soda, imitation fruit juices, chips, candy, cookies, and snack cakes;
Whereas, school districts around the country are facing significant fiscal and scheduling constraints; and
Whereas, community participation is essential to the development and implementation of successful school wellness policies;
As a result of the above information and in response to the Child Nutrition and WIC Reauthorization Act of 2004, St. Charles Catholic School has developed the following wellness policy.
St. CharlesCatholic Schoolis committed to providing school environments that promote and protect children’s health, well-being, and ability to learn by supporting healthy eating and physical activity. St. Charles Catholic School also recognizes the students’ development of healthy behaviors and habits cannot be accomplished by the schools alone. It is necessary for staff, parents and the community in general to promote, support and model such healthy behaviors and habits. Therefore, it is St. Charles Catholic School’s goal to engage students, parents, teachers, food service professionals, health professionals, and other interested community members in developing, implementing, monitoring, and reviewing school-wide nutrition and physical activity policies.
I. Nutrition Education
a. To the extent possible, schools will provide nutrition education and physical education to foster lifelong habits of healthy eating and physical activity.
b. Nutrition education shall extend beyond the classroom by engaging and involving the school’s food service staff.
c. Information about childhood obesity, proper nutrition and diet will be shared with families and members of the community at large.
d. Health and Physical education, whenever possible, shall be integrated in the other curriculum areas.
e. Nutrition education shall include enjoyable and developmentally appropriate activities.
II. Physical Activity
a. All students in grades P-8 will have opportunities, support, and encouragement to be physically active on a regular basis.
b. A physical education program shall be provided for the students.
c. Physical education curriculum shall provide instruction related to knowledge, attitudes and skills necessary to participate in lifelong, health enhancing physical activity.
d. Physical education classes shall provide students with opportunities to learn, practice and be assessed on developmentally appropriate motor and social skills as well as knowledge.
e. Emphasis will be placed on the importance of remaining physically active for life.
f. Students will be afforded opportunities to learn developmentally appropriate knowledge, attitudes and skills necessary for lifelong, health enhancing physical activity.
g. Physical education classes shall include instruction in physical education as well as opportunities to participate in competitive and/or non-competitive team sports which encourage lifelong physical activity.
h. To the extent possible, properly certified teachers shall provide all instruction in physical education.
i. Responsible participation, playing fair and cooperation among peers shall be a part of the planned physical education instruction.
j. Physical education instruction shall meet the needs of the students.
k. Planned instruction in physical education shall be done in a manner to help all students feel successful. Every effort will be made to provide experiences that are free of embarrassment, humiliation, shaming, taunting or harassment of any kind.
l. Physical education instruction shall take into account gender and cultural differences.
m. Physical education shall promote participation in physical activity outside the regular school day.
n. Physical activity should not be used as a type of punishment.
o. Physical activity outside the regular school day will be encouraged by the schools. Activities encouraged may include but are not limited to: playing outdoors at home, participation in organized sports and in lifelong physical activity such as bowling, swimming and tennis.
p. Each grade level shall show a concern for childhood obesity and lifetime fitness opportunities. School schedules in each grade level, to the greatest extent possible, shall provide the scheduling of physical education classes throughout the day.
q. The extent that is possible, all students in grade P-8 shall be provided with a daily recess period.
r. Students shall be provided the opportunity to participate in extracurricular activities that emphasize physical activity.
III. School Based Activities
a. The school shall provide at least 20 minutes daily for students to eat lunch and 10 minutes for breakfast.
b. Schedules for mealtimes shall be scheduled so there are minimum disruptions by other school activities.
c. An attractive clean environment shall be provided to students for eating.
d. Building principal shall determine the appropriateness of students being permitted to have bottled water in the classroom.
e. No other activities shall be scheduled during a student’s mealtime unless the student may eat during such activities.
f. Schools may promote healthy eating habits to students by providing opportunities for staff, parents and other community members to model such healthy eating habits by dining with the students.
g. Schools utilize electronic identification and payment systems, therefore, eliminating any identification of students eligible to receive free and/or reduced meals.
h. Students are discouraged from sharing their foods or beverages with one another during meal times, given concerns about food allergies and other restrictions on some student’s diets.
IV. Nutrition Guidelines
a. Qualified child nutrition professionals will provide students with access to a variety of affordable, nutritious, and appealing foods that meet the health and nutrition needs of students; and will provide clean, safe and pleasant settings and adequate time for students to eat.
b. To the maximum extent practicable, our school will participate in available federal school meal programs (including the School Breakfast Program, National School Lunch Program).
c. Nutrition guidelines for all foods available in the district during the school day will be followed in order to promote student health and reduce childhood obesity.
d. All foods made available on campus shall adhere to food safety preparation, serving and security guidelines as specified by HACCP (Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points).
e. Foods and beverages sold or served at school will meet the nutrition recommendations of the U.S.Dietary Guidelines for Americans.
V. Evaluation of Plan
The superintendent, building principal and cafeteria manager shall oversee the implementation and evaluation of this policy. This policy shall be evaluated at least once annually by the St. Charles Catholic School Administration and School Advisory Council