Adams County School District 14
     5291 East 60th Avenue
     Commerce City, CO 80022
  303.853.3333    303.853.3329

School Wellness


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.

Action for Healthy Kids, Parent Leadership Series video

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: Naomi Steenson at

Adams 14 Invitation/Spanish

Next Meeting

All are welcome to attend.  Please RSVP to

December 22, 2017
8:00am - 9:00am
ESS Community Room
5291 East 68th Ave, Commerce City, CO 80022

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

October 12, 2017  English/Spanish

Wellness Committee Measurement of Initiative Performance by School

October 12, 2017

Adams 14 Wellness Committee Team Memembers 

Name Location Role
Allen, Breann Kemp Elementary Ambassador
Baur, Kailee Adams City High School Ambassador
Berg, Ian DuPont Elementary Ambassador
Cossette, Katie Nutrition Services Chair Person
Farkas, Paula DuPont Elementary Chair Person
Frantum-Allen, Robert ESS Chair Person
Gilmore, Kristin Keraney Middle School Ambassador
Goto, Jordan Adams City High School Chair Person
Green, Cheryl Alsup Elementary Chair Person
Henderson, Pamela Hanson Elementary Ambassador
Holden, Joann Tri-County Health Department Chair Person
Human, Emily Community Health Chair Person
Martinez, Sandra Rosehill Elementary Ambassador
McDowell, Barb Kearney Middle School Chair Person
McNeil, Nina Adams City Middle School Chair Person
McNight, Ashley Central Elementary Ambassador
Ontaneda, Mona Central Elementary Ambassador
Perna, Tracy Stars Early Learning Center Ambassador
Sandos, Paul Lester Arnold High School Ambassador
Steenson, Naomi Nutrition Services Chair Person
Warren, Jennifer Monaco Elementary Ambassador
West, Kristin Kemp Elementary Chair Person
Winbourn, Sarah Kids First Health Care Chair Person
Woodward, Emily Alsup Elementary Ambassador


Tools and Resources 

For Wellness Committee Members and Wellness Ambassadors 

For Teachers and Parents 

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


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