Nutrition and Wellness
Student Wellness Policy
The Wissahickon School District Student Wellness policy promotes wellness through a balance of proper nutrition and regular physical activity. Good nutrition and physical activity are essential for students to perform physical and mental tasks well and achieve lifelong health and well-being.
The following are key points from the Student Wellness Policy. We ask that you review these points and keep them in mind when planning classroom and school activities.
- Consideration shall be given to promoting health and reducing childhood obesity when offering food during the school day
- Fundraising projects shall be encouraged to be supportive of healthy eating and student wellness
- The use of food as a reward (or punishment) is discouraged
- Classroom parties will provide fresh fruits and vegetables, water or non-fat milk, low fat frozen yogurt or low fat ice cream as an alternative to regular ice cream, and a selection of peanut/tree nut-free choices
- Foods containing potentially life-threatening allergens (peanuts, tree nuts, etc) will be clearly marked
- Non-food items are suggested as an alternative to food
- Follow serving sizes
Please contact your School Nurse if you would like a list of non-food items that can be used as rewards, need a list of “safe snacks” or have any other questions regarding your child’s health and well-being. Thank you for supporting our Student Wellness Policy.
Alternatives to Food Rewards
Research clearly demonstrates that healthy kids learn better. To provide the best possible learning environment for children, schools must provide an environment that supports healthy behaviors. Students need to receive consistent, reliable health information and ample opportunity to use it. Finding alternatives to food rewards is an important part of providing a healthy school environment.
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