Child Nutrition and Physical Fitness Program

CHILD NUTRITION AND PHYSICAL FITNESS PROGRAM 

The Turkey Ford Board of Education recognizes that childhood obesity has reached epidemic levels throughout the country.  Overweight children are at a higher risk for developing severe long-term health problems, and overweight children are affected by discrimination, psychological stress, and low self-esteem.  However, research indicates that obesity and subsequent diseases are largely preventable through diet and regular physical activity.  Research also indicates that becoming physically active and maintaining a regular physical activity program significantly reduces the risk of some obesity and some cancers, diabetes, and other chronic diseases. 

Children who eat well-balanced meals and are healthy are more likely to learn in the classroom.  The board supports increased emphasis on nutrition as well as physical activity at all grade levels to enhance the well-being of our district’s youth.  Therefore, it is the policy of the board to:

   1.       Provide students access to nutritious food;

   2.       Provide opportunities for physical activity and developmentally appropriate exercise; and

   3.       Provide accurate information related to these topics.

 

Nutrition and Physical Fitness (wellness) Policy

 

  1.       Physical Education Instructors shall include in the curriculum age-appropriate nutritional knowledge as well as

            the required minutes per week of planned physical activities.

  2.       Cafeteria staff will hang posters and provide encouragement to students about proper eating habits and foods of

            nutritional value.

  3.       Each classroom teacher will integrate nutrition education into the core curriculum including math, science and

            languate arts.

  4.       Family/parent nutrition education information will be included on occasion in a school news letter.            

  5.       USDA and Child Nutrition Program guidelines will be followed regarding nutritional requirements for meal

            patterns and reimbursable school meals.

  6.       A vending machine policy is adopted. (see attached)

  7.       The superintendent of schools will be responsible for evaluating the effectiveness of the wellness program.

 

Curriculum 

The Turkey Ford Board of Education recognizes that healthy eating patterns are essential for students to achieve their academic potential, full physical and mental growth, and lifelong health and well being.  To help ensure students pos­sess the knowledge and skills necessary to make nutritious food choices for a lifetime, the superintendent shall prepare and implement a comprehensive district nutrition program consistent with state and federal requirements for districts sponsoring the National School Lunch Program and/or the School Breakfast Program.  To implement the program, the superintendent shall adopt and implement a comprehensive curriculum on health, fitness, and nutrition that will provide opportunities for developmentally appropriate instruction for grades K-12.  The input of staff, students, parents, and public health professionals in the development of the curriculum will be encouraged.

Nutrition, health, and fitness topics shall be integrated within the sequential comprehensive health education curriculum taught at every grade level, K-12, and coordinated with the district’s nutrition and food services operation.

The district shall take a proactive effort to encourage students to make nutritious food choices.  The superintendent shall ensure that:

   1.       A variety of healthy food choices are available whenever food is sold or served on district property or at district-sponsored events;

   2.       Schools shall regulate the sale or serving of foods or snacks high in fat, sodium, or added sugars; and

   3.       Nutritious meals served by the school nutrition and food services operation complies with state and federal law.

 

Child Nutrition Program

The Turkey Ford Public Schools will operate a school lunch program that will include lunch, and may include breakfast, through participation in the Child Nutrition Programs.  The superintendent, in conjunction with the food service supervisor and with the approval of the board of education, will establish and post meal prices.

As required for participation in the Child Nutrition Programs, the board prescribes that:

          School lunch is to be made available to all students.

          Free and reduced price lunches are to be made available for students who meet the federal income guidelines.

          In the operation of the Child Nutrition Programs, no child will be discriminated against because of race, sex, color, national origin, age, or disability.  Discrimination complaints under these programs should be filed with the State Department of Education Child Nutrition Programs, 2500 North Lincoln Blvd., Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73105-4599.

The district shall inform parents of the eligibility standards for free or reduced price meals.  Reasonable efforts shall be made to protect the identity of students receiving such meals.  A parent has the right to appeal to the superintendent any decision with respect to his/her application for free or reduced price food services.

The district’s child nutrition program shall reflect the board’s commitment to providing adequate time for instruction to promote healthy eating through nutrition education, serving healthy and appealing foods at district schools, devel­oping food-use guidelines for staff, and establishing liaisons with nutrition service providers, as appropriate.  Nutrition education topics shall be integrated within the sequential, comprehensive health education program taught at every grade level, pre-kindergarten through grade 12, and coordinated with the district’s nutrition and food services operation.

It is the intent of the board of education that district schools take a proactive effort to encourage students to make nutritious food choices.  Meals served in school before the end of the last lunch period shall conform to the U. S. Dietary Guidelines for Americans.  Food and beverages sold or served on district grounds or at district-sponsored events shall meet requirements for nutritional standards and/or other guidelines as may be recommended by the district and school health and nutrition committees.  The superintendent shall ensure that nutritious foods are available as an affordable option whenever food is sold or served on district property or at district-sponsored events.

The superintendent is directed to prepare rules and regulations to implement and support this policy, including such provisions as may be necessary to address all food and beverages sold and/or served to students at school (i.e., com­petitive foods, snacks, and beverages sold from vending machines, school stores, and fund raising activities and refreshments that are made available at school parties, celebrations, and meetings), including provisions for staff development, family and community involvement, and program evaluation.

 

REFERENCE:    70 O.S. §1-107

                                7 CFR, Parts 210 and 220

                                7 CFR, Part 245.5

 

 

THIS POLICY REQUIRED BY

PUBLIC LAW 108-265, SECTION 204.