VIGO COUNTY SCHOOL CORPORATION

TERRE HAUTE, INDIANA

 

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Nutritional Component*

Vigo County School Corporation

Student & Staff Wellness Policy

 

The Vigo County School Corporation recognizes the need for adequate and nourishing food for growth, learning, and the maintenance of good health.  It further recognizes the existence of significant research which indicates that a positive relationship exists between adequate nutrition, good emotional and mental health, and academic success.  The VCSC Coordinated School Health Council (CSHC) therefore proposes the policy statements which follow.

 

1. VCSC Food Service shall ensure that all meals offered meet the legal requirements for participation in the National School Lunch, Breakfast and Snack Programs. 

 

2. Food and beverages available for sale on school premises through the Food Services Department during school hours will meet and/or exceed state and federal nutritional guidelines.  

 

3. All beverage and food vending machines available to students before and after school will provide at least 50% healthy foods and 50% healthy beverages. The ultimate goal is 100% healthy food and beverages in vending machines within a timeframe to be determined by the School Board. The following “healthy” definitions apply:

Healthy Foods: any food item that does not have more than 35% total calories from fat; any food item that has more than 10% of the recommended daily value for at least one of the following nutrients: vitamin A, vitamin C, calcium, iron, protein, or fiber.

Healthy Beverages: water, milk, fruit drinks with at least 50% fruit juice, vegetable drinks, 100% fruit juices and sports drinks. **

 

4. At the principal’s discretion, designated “healthy beverage” vending machines may be used during the school day if they contain 100% healthy beverages (see definition in # 3 above) and/or water.  NOTE: Food or beverage vending machines many not be used during the school day at the elementary school level. (See Senate Bill 111)

 

5. Students will have access to and be encouraged to utilize hand washing or hand sanitizing facilities before they eat meals or snacks.

 

6. The scheduled meal time will allow students at least 10 minutes to eat after sitting down for breakfast and 15 minutes after sitting down for lunch

 

7.  Schools will educate students regarding the dangers of sharing their foods or beverages with one another due to concerns about allergies and other restrictions on some children's diets.  The CSHC should procure or develop an instructional video regarding this issue to be viewed by staff and students at least three times during the school year.

 

8. During the school day*** a choice of at least two fruits and/or non-fried vegetables will be offered for sale at any location on the school site where other foods are sold. Such items could include, but are not limited to, fresh fruits and vegetables; 100% fruit or vegetable juice; fruit-based drinks that are at least 50% fruit juice and that do not contain additional caloric sweeteners; cooked, dried, or canned fruits (canned in fruit juice or light syrup); and cooked, dried, or canned vegetables. 

 

 

 

 

9. Schools are encouraged to use  healthy foods or beverages (see #3 above) as rewards for attendance, academic performance or good behavior.

 

10. Celebrations involving food should encourage the use of healthy foods (see #3 above) and should take place at times that will least interfere with the students’ eating a nutritious lunch.

 

11. Prices for all beverages and food items sold to students will be offered at comparable prices for comparable size packages.

 

12. Parents/guardians are encouraged to support VCSC nutrition education efforts by considering nutritional quality when providing food for consumption at school.

 

13. Food sales other than those provided by the Food Service Department may occur only with the approval of the school principal.  All state and local sanitation guidelines will be followed.

 

14. Advertising of food and beverages on the school campus should promote healthy food choices.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

*Also see Appendix A, Nutritional Guidelines.

** Sports drinks are beverages that do not have caffeine and are made specifically to re-hydrate the body, i.e. Gatorade, Powerade, etc.

***School day is defined as the time period from students’ arrival to official dismissal.

 

 

Physical Activity Component

Vigo County School Corporation

Student & Staff Wellness Policy

 

 

The Vigo County School Corporation recognizes the link between food intake, energy expenditure    (physical activity/exercise) and good physical health.  The VCSC Coordinated School Health Council (CSHC) therefore proposes the policy statements which follow.

 

 

1. All elementary school students shall have at least 15-20 minutes of supervised recess, wherein schools shall encourage vigorous physical activity preferably outdoors during morning hours.

2. In as far as possible, student participation in recess shall not be denied.

3. Students will spend at least 50 percent of physical education class time, over the course of the school year, participating in moderate to vigorous physical activity

 

4. Schools will offer a range of physical activities that meet the needs, interests, and abilities of all students.

 

5. School spaces and facilities are available to students, staff, community members, agencies and organizations. School policies concerning safety and availability will apply at all times.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

Educational Component*

Vigo County School Corporation

Student & Staff Wellness Policy

 

The Vigo County School Corporation has taken a proactive role in the area of health, nutrition, and wellness.  We encourage our teachers, faculty, and staff members to promote good health practices, and to encourage our students to acquire the knowledge and skills they need to lead healthy and productive lives.

 

The Vigo County School Corporation promotes a quality health and physical education program, K-12.  A quality health and physical education program includes a documented, planned, and sequential curriculum for students in kindergarten through high school.  Teachers follow the Indiana Academic Standards for Health and Physical Education, as they present the curriculum in their classrooms.  The standards provide a flexible framework of health-related content and skills that the Vigo County School Corporation can use to develop, implement, and assess curricula designed to provide students with the knowledge that they need.  We will strive to meet and/or exceed the goals of the Indiana Health and Physical Education Standards. These standards are general and apply to all levels of health and physical education from kindergarten through the high school.  (Please see Appendix B for a current list of the Indiana Standards for Health and Physical Education.)

 

In addition to using these standards as a guide for our elementary teachers and our middle and high school health and physical education teachers, the Vigo County School Corporation works very closely with a number of community agencies, who provide supplementary resources and materials relating to health and physical education.  Every year we plan a Health-Issues In-service to provide our teachers with a professional development opportunity to help them become aware of the abundance of community resources in the area of health and physical education.  We also encourage our teachers to seek out other professional development opportunities that will help them strengthen their knowledge and teaching strategies. 

 

It is our hope that through many initiatives, students, faculty, staff, and the entire school community becomes more aware of the importance of good health, nutrition, and wellness.  Quality health and physical education programming includes the involvement of parents, health professionals, and other concerned community members. 

 

Therefore, schools should provide wellness education and engage in good nutrition promotion that:

 

1.  is offered at each grade level as part of a sequential, comprehensive, standards-based program designed to provide students with the knowledge and skills necessary to promote and protect their health;

2.  is part of not only health education classes, but also classroom instruction in subjects such as math, science, language arts, social sciences, and elective subjects;

3.  includes enjoyable, developmentally appropriate, culturally relevant, participatory activities.

4.  promotes fruits, vegetables, whole grain products, low-fat and fat-free dairy products, healthy food preparation methods, and health-enhancing nutrition practices;

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Vigo County School Corporation

Student & Staff Wellness Policy

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5.  emphasizes caloric balance between food intake and energy expenditure (physical activity/exercise);

6. links with school meal programs, other school foods, and nutrition-related community service

7.  teaches media literacy with an emphasis on food marketing;

 8. includes training for teachers and other staff regarding the link between physical activity, good nutrition, good health and academic achievement

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

*See appendix B, Indiana Academic Standards for Health Education and Physical Education.


 

 

 

Implementation and Review Component

Vigo County School Corporation

Student & Staff Wellness Policy

 

 

 

 

 

 

1. The principal at each building is responsible to ensure that the wellness policy and guidelines are being implemented at the school site.  See the Wellness Policy Implementation Checklist, page 9, which is to be submitted to the appropriate Director or Elementary or Secondary Education by June 1st each year.

 

2. The Vigo County Coordinated School Health Council will review the content of the policy at least every two years and make recommendations for revisions to the School Board as needed.  The committee will also  develop and recommend work plans to facilitate the implementation of needed policy revisions.

 


 

Appendix A

 

 

 

Vigo County School Corporation

Student & Staff Wellness Policy

 

 

 

 Nutritional Guidelines

 

 

Food available on school campuses during school hours, other than food offered through the school nutrition program, should be from one or more of the following categories:

 

1.      Milk and dairy products, including cheese, yogurt, frozen yogurt and ice cream.

2.      Full-strength fruit and vegetable juices and fruit drinks containing 50 percent or more full-strength fruit juice.

3.      Fresh, frozen, canned and dried fruits and vegetables.

4.      Nuts, seeds and nut butters.

5.      Non-confection grain products including crackers, bread sticks, tortillas, pizza, pretzels, bagels, muffins, and popcorn.

6.      Any food receiving prior approval by the school principal.

 

In addition, with the exception of nuts or seeds, food items must not exceed 35 percent fat in its total calorie count.

 

The use of fresh fruit and vegetables will be encouraged by making them available where food is sold, by promoting the intake of 5 to 9 servings of fruits and vegetables per day, and by discouraging the use of items whose major nutritional component is sugar.

 

 Schools are encouraged to offer healthy beverages and food items that meet or exceed the guidelines above.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

Appendix B

 

Indiana Academic Standards for Health Education

 

 

Standard 1            Students will comprehend concepts related to health promotion and disease prevention.

 

Standard 2            Students will demonstrate the ability to access and evaluate health information, products, and services.

 

Standard 3            Students will demonstrate the ability to analyze the influence of family, culture, peers, community, media, and technology on health and health behaviors.

 

Standard 4            Students will demonstrate the ability to apply self-management skills to enhance health.

 

Standard 5            Students will demonstrate the ability to utilize interpersonal communication skills to enhance health.

 

Standard 6            Students will demonstrate the ability to implement decision making and goal setting skills to enhance health.

 

Standard 7            Students will demonstrate the ability to advocate for personal, family, and community health.

 

 

Indiana Academic Standards for Physical Education

 

Standard 1            Students will demonstrate competency in many movement forms and proficiency in a few movement forms.

 

Standard 2            Students will apply movement concepts and principles to the learning and development of motor skills.

 

Standard 3            Students will exhibit a physically active lifestyle.

 

Standard 4            Students will achieve and maintain a health-enhancing level of physical fitness.

 

Standard 5            Students will demonstrate responsible personal and social behavior in physical activity settings.

 

Standard 6            Students will demonstrate understanding and respect for differences among people in physical activity settings.

 

Standard 7            Students will understand that physical activity provides opportunities for enjoyment, challenge, self-expression, and social interaction.

 

 

 

 

 

SCHOOL WELLNESS POLICY

IMPLEMENTATION CHECKLIST*

 

           

                                                                                                                                                           

                                                                                   

Please review the wellness policy statements below.  In the space provided, indicate the number of the response which is applicable to each statement for your school.  The highest possible score is 80   points.  The closer to this number your school scores, the greater your progress in the implementation of our Corporation School Wellness Policy.  We encourage you to view the Coordinated School Health Council as one resource in your on-going efforts to move forward in these areas.

 

4 = Always; 3 = Most Times; 2 =Sometimes; 1= Seldom; 0 = Not yet implemented

 

 

_____  1. All school employees support the implementation of the VCSC Wellness Policy.

 

_____  2. VCSC Food Service ensures that all meals offered meet and/or exceed the legal requirements for participation in the National School Lunch, Breakfast, and Snack Programs.

 

_____  3. Food and beverages made available for sale on school premises through the Food Services Department during school hours meet and/or exceed state and federal nutrition and sanitation guidelines.

 

_____ 4. Vending machines available to students provide at least 50% healthy foods and 50% healthy beverages (as noted in the definitions of “healthy foods and beverages” in the VCSC Wellness Policy).

 

_____ 5. Designated vending machines used during the school day contain 100% healthy beverages and/or water.

 

_____ 6. Students are encouraged to utilize hand washing or sanitizing facilities before meals and snacks.

 

_____ 7. Scheduled meal times allow students at least 10 minutes to eat breakfast after sitting down and at least 15 minutes to each lunch after sitting down.

 

_____ 8. The school educates students regarding the dangers of sharing foods and beverages.

 

_____9. During the school day, a choice of at least two fruits and/or two vegetables is offered for sale at any school location where other foods are being sold.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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_____ 10. Only healthy foods and beverages (see definition of healthy foods and beverages in the Wellness Policy’s Nutrition Component section) are provided as rewards for attendance, academic performance or good behavior.

 

_____ 11. Classroom celebrations involving food promote the use of healthy foods and beverages and

are timed so as not to interfere with students eating a nutritious lunch.

 

_____ 12. Prices for foods and beverages sold to students are offered at comparable prices for comparable size packages.

 

_____  13. Parents/guardians support the corporation’s nutrition education efforts by considering nutritional quality when providing food for consumption at school.

 

 _____ 14. Food sales other than those provided by the school’s Food Service Department may occur only with the approval of the school principal.

 

_____ 15. Advertising of food and beverages on the school campus promotes healthy food choices.

 

_____ 16. Elementary school students have at least 15-20 minutes of supervised recess, preferably outdoors during morning hours, wherein vigorous physical activity is encouraged.

_____ 17. In as far as possible, student participation in recess is not denied.

_____ 18.  Students spend at least 50 percent of physical education class time, over the course of the school year, participating in moderate to vigorous physical activity

 

_____ 19. Schools offer a range of physical activities that meet the needs, interests, and abilities of all students.

 

_____ 20. School spaces and facilities are made available to students, staff, community members, agencies and organizations, and corporation policies concerning safety and availability apply at all such times.

 

 

 

 

 

 

*The completed Checklist is due to the appropriate Director of Elementary or Secondary Education by June 1st of each year.

 

 

 

Adopted:  May 23, 2006