Board Policy on Wellness



    OPERATIONS - 8510



    As required by law, the Board of Education establishes the following wellness policy for the Parma City School District.


    The Board recognizes that good nutrition and regular physical activity affect the health and well being of the District’s students. Furthermore, research suggests that there is a positive correlation between a student’s health and well being and his/her ability to learn. Moreover, schools can play an important role in the developmental process by which students establish their health and nutrition habits by providing nutritious meals and snacks through the schools’ meal programs, by supporting the development of good eating habits, and by promoting increased physical activity both in and out of school.


    The Board, however, believes this effort to support the students’ development of healthy behaviors and habits with regard to eating and exercise cannot be accomplished by the schools alone. It will be necessary for not only the staff, but also parents and the public at large to be involved in a community-wide effort to promote, support, and model such healthy behaviors and habits.


    The Board sets the following goals in an effort to enable students to establish good health and nutrition habits:


    With regard to nutrition education:

    • Nutrition education shall include enjoyable, developmentally appropriate and culturally relevant participatory activities, such as contests, promotions, taste testing, and others.
    • Nutrition education shall extend beyond the classroom by engaging and involving the school’s food service staff.
    • Nutrition education posters, such as the Food Pyramid Guide, will be displayed in the cafeteria.
    • The school cafeteria shall serve as a learning lab by allowing students to apply the knowledge, attitudes, and skills taught in the classroom when making choices at mealtime.
    • Nutrition education shall extend beyond the school by engaging PTA and involving families and the community.
    • Nutrition education shall reinforce lifelong balance by emphasizing the link between caloric intake (eating) and exercise in ways that are age-appropriate.
    • Staff responsible for providing instruction in nutrition education shall regularly participate in professional development activities designed to better enable them to teach.
    • Nutrition materials shall be provided in the schools to create an awareness of healthy living choices.

    With regard to physical activity:

    • A sequential, comprehensive physical education program shall be provided for students in K-12.
    • Planned instruction in physical education shall require students to be engaged in moderate to vigorous physical activity.
    • Planned instruction in physical education shall teach cooperation, fair play, and responsible participation.
    • Planned instruction in physical education shall include cooperative as well as competitive games.
    • Schools shall encourage families to provide physical activity outside the regular school day, such as outdoor play at home, participation in sports sponsored by community agencies or organizations, and in lifelong physical activities.
    • Schools shall discourage extended periods of student inactivity.

    With regard to other school-based activities:

    • The schools shall provide at least twenty (20) minutes daily for students to eat.
    • The school shall provide clean environments in which the students eat.
    • An organized wellness program shall be available to all staff.

    Nutrition Guidelines for all foods available on campus during the school day:

    • In accordance with Policy 8500, entitled Food Service, the food service program shall comply with Federal and State regulations pertaining to the selection, preparation, consumption, and disposal of food and beverages as well as to the fiscal management of the program.
    • As set forth in Policy 8531, entitled Free and Reduced Price Meals, the guidelines for reimbursable school meals are not less restrictive than the guidelines issued by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).
    • The food service program will strive to be financially self-supporting; however, if it is necessary to subsidize the operation, it will not be through the sale of foods with minimal nutritious value.
    • The food service program will provide all students affordable access to the varied and nutritious foods they need to be healthy and to learn well.
    • The school shall prepare and distribute to staff, parents, and after-school program personnel a list of snack items that comply with the current USDA Dietary Guidelines for Americans.
    • The food service program shall be administered by a director who is properly qualified, certificated, licensed, or credentialed, according to current professional standards.
    • All food service personnel shall receive pre-service training in food service operations.
    • Continuing professional development shall be provided for all staff of the food service program.

    42 U.S.C. 1751, Sec. 204
    42 U.S.C. 1771

    Adoption Date – June 6, 2006