Adams 14 School Wellness
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.
In 2010, Congress passed the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 (Sec. 204 of Public Law 111-296), and added new provisions for local school wellness policies related to implementation, evaluation, and publicly reporting on progress of local school wellness policies.
On February 26, 2014, the proposed rule for wellness policies was published in the Federal Register. The public comment period closed on April 28, 2014. FNS appreciates the valuable comments provided by stakeholders and the public. FNS received 57,838 public comments that included 546 distinct submissions and 57,285 form letters that were submitted through four large letter campaigns and four small letter campaigns. FNS considered all comments in the development of this final rule.
On July 21, 2016, the final rule was published in the Federal Register. The final rule strengthens the requirements on public involvement, transparency, implementation, and evaluation among other topics.
To read Adams 14 Wellness Policy click here.
Adams 14 School Wellness Committee meets a minimum of 3 times a school year. For more information about the Wellness Committee or to join, contact: Katie Cossette, RDN at firstname.lastname@example.org
Wellness Committee Initiatives
- Non-food rewards – According to the Policy, candy and junk food cannot be used to reward students in classrooms. Ideally, non-food rewards such as pencils, stickers, jump ropes, homework passes, PBS bucks, etc should be used to reward good behavior. If a teacher wants to use food, it needs to meet guidelines for fat, calories, and sugar. Clementines, pretzels, animal crackers, or applesauce/fruit cups are good options.
- Alternative birthdays – The district is not going to control what parents send with their children for birthdays. However, as a school, you can set guidelines or you can encourage parents and students to celebrate in a different way.
- Healthier parties – All school and classroom parties must include healthier options such as fruits, vegetables, low-fat dairy and whole grains. Sweets can still be available as well, but at least 50% of the options at parties should be healthy. Again, your school can develop further guidelines. Having a parent sign-up sheet can help to ensure healthy options are covered, or breakfast parties with yogurt parfaits have become a popular alternative to avoid as many sweets.
- No recess punishment – The Policy states that recess cannot be taken away as a punishment under any circumstances. Students can be limited to certain activities, but they still need to have the opportunity to be active in some way.
- Healthier fundraisers – The Policy sets nutritional guidelines for all foods that are SOLD on the school campus from midnight until a ½ hour after school. This includes foods sold by staff, students, parents, or outside organizations. See “Healthy Fundraising” for the guidelines as well as many alternative ideas.
Wellness Committee Minutes
Wellness Committee Measurement of Initiative Performance by School
Tools and Resources
For Wellness Committee Members and Wellness Ambassadors
For Teachers and Parents
- Non-Food Rewards
- Constructive Classroom Rewards
- Healthy Celebrations
- Ghoulishly Great Ideas for Halloween
- Game and Activity Ideas for Classrooms
- Free Printable Nutrition Education and Activities
- Team Nutrition
- Mindfulness for Children
- 7 Fun Ways to Teach Mindfulness
- Cosmic Kids Yoga
- Fun Ways to Strengthen Body and Mind for Children
- Meditation Video
- Food Fun Classroom Activity
- Eggstravagansa Activity
Colorado Department of Education, Office of School Nutrition guidance, resources and materials click here.
Each school in Adams 14 is enrolled in USDA's Team Nutrition. For more information, free materials and resources click here.