1230.20 | Nutrition and Physical Activity Promotion and Food Marketing

  1. Nutrition Education and Promotion. The District aims to teach, encourage, and support healthy eating by students. Schools should provide nutrition education and engage in 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, such as recipe contests, health promotions, taste testing, farm visits, and school gardens;
    4. promotes fruits, vegetables, whole grain products, low-fat and fat-free dairy products, healthy food preparation methods, and health-enhancing nutrition practices;
    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 services;
    7. teaches students about allergen awareness.
    8. teaches food related media literacy with an emphasis on food marketing; and
    9. includes training for teachers and other staff.
  2. Food and Beverage Marketing. It is the district goal that all food and beverage marketing materials will meet USDA standards including the following advertising venues: 
    1. Signage.
    2. Scoreboards.
    3. School Stores.
    4. Cups.
    5. Vending Machines.
    6. Food Service Equipment.
  3. Integrating Physical Activity into the Classroom Setting. For students to receive the nationally recommended amount of daily physical activity and for students to fully embrace regular physical activity as a personal behavior, students need opportunities for physical activity beyond physical education class.
    1. Classroom health education will complement physical education by reinforcing the knowledge and self-management skills needed to maintain a physically active lifestyle and to reduce time spent on sedentary activities;
    2. opportunities for physical activity will be incorporated into other subject lessons; and
    3. classroom teachers will provide short physical activity breaks between lessons or classes as appropriate.
  4. Communication with Parents. The district/school will support parents' efforts to provide a healthy diet and daily physical activity for their children. The district/ school will provide nutrition information and post nutrient analyses of school menus. Schools should encourage parents to pack healthy lunches and snacks. The district/school will provide parents a list of foods that meet the district's snack standards and ideas for healthy celebrations/parties and fundraising activities.

    The district/school will provide information about physical education and other school-based physical activity opportunities before, during, and after the school day; and support parents' efforts to provide their children with opportunities to be physically active outside of school. Such support will include sharing information about physical activity and physical education through a website, newsletter, or other take-home materials, special events, or physical education homework.