Nutrition, Health, and Physical Education
The board recognizes that a healthy school environment prepares students for college, careers, and successful futures. Students who eat well-balanced meals and engage in regular exercise are more likely to learn in the classroom. The board supports the district’s increased emphasis on nutrition, health, physical education, and physical activity at all grade levels to enhance the well-being of the District’s students. Therefore, it is the policy of the Board of Directors to provide students with access to nutritious food, emphasize health education and physical education, and provide students with opportunities for physical activity. The board recognizes the benefits of scheduling at least 20 minutes of seat time for lunch for every student and scheduling recess before lunch for elementary students. Therefore, to the extent appropriate and feasible, the Superintendent will strive to identify and remove barriers to these practices and periodically report back to the board.
Additional Resources on Nutrition, Physical Activity, and Wellness
Nutrition and Wellness
The Center for Ecoliteracy is dedicated to education for sustainable living.
National Association of State Boards of Education Healthy Schools Project’s goal is to encourage safe, healthy, and nurturing school environments for all of the nation's children and youth.
USDA Dietary Guidelines for Americans 2015-2020 provide authoritative advice for people two years and older about how good dietary habits can promote health and reduce risk for major chronic diseases. They serve as the basis for Federal food and nutrition education programs.
Washington State Nutrition & Physical Activity Plan provides a framework in which policy makers can work together to build and support environments that make it easier for Washington residents to choose healthy foods and be physically active.Action for Healthy Kids is a non-profit organization formed specifically to address the epidemic of overweight, undernourished, and sedentary youth by focusing on changes at school. They work to improve children’s nutrition and increase physical activity, which will in turn improve their readiness to learn.
American Dietetic Association offers timely, science-based food and nutrition information.
The School Nutrition Association is a national, nonprofit professional organization working to assure that all foods and beverages available in schools are consistent with Dietary Guidelines for Americans.
Active Living Resource Center provides answers and resources to help make walking and bicycling part of a community’s healthier lifestyle. It provides the steps to take to make neighborhoods and community places that encourage bicycling and walking, places where children can safely play or walk to and from school.
Safe Routes is a centralized resource of information on successful Safe Routes to School (SRTS) programs and strategies. It provides information on how to start and sustain a Safe Routes to School program, case studies of successful programs as well as many other resources for training and technical assistance.