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Wellness Policy

Local Wellness Policy for St. Mary’s Catholic School[1]

St. Mary’s Catholic School is committed to creating a healthy school environment that enhances the development of lifelong wellness practices to promote healthy eating and physical activities that support student achievement.

Nutrition Education

Every year, all students, K-8, shall receive nutrition education that is aligned with theMichigan Health Education Content Standards and Benchmarks.[2]Nutrition education that teaches the knowledge, skills, and values needed to adopt healthy eating behaviors shall be integrated into the curriculum. Nutrition education information shall be offered throughout the school including, but not limited to, school dining areas and classrooms. Staff members who provide nutrition education shall have the appropriate training.

Nutrition Standards

St. Mary’s Catholic School shall ensure that reimbursable school meals meet the program requirements and nutrition standards found in federal regulations. [3]St. Mary’s Catholic School shall encourage students to make nutritious food choices.

St. Mary’s Catholic School shall monitor all food and beverages sold or served to students, including those available outside the federally regulated child nutrition programs. St. Mary’s Catholic School shall consider nutrient density [4]and portion size before permitting food and beverages to be sold or served to students.

Physical Education and Physical Activity Opportunities

St. Mary’s Catholic School shall offer physical education opportunities that include the components of a quality physical education program. Physical education shall equip students with the knowledge, skills, and values necessary for lifelong physical activity. Physical education instruction shall be aligned with the Michigan Physical Education Content Standards and Benchmarks.[5]

Every year, all students, K-8, shall have the opportunity to participate regularly in supervised physical activities, either organized or unstructured, intended to maintain physical fitness and to understand the short- and long-term benefits of a physically active and healthy lifestyle.

Other School-Based Activities Designed to Promote Student Wellness

St. Mary’s Catholic School may implement other appropriate programs that help create a school environment that conveys consistent wellness messages and is conducive to healthy eating and physical activity.

Implementation and Measurement

The administrator shall implement this policy and measure how well it is being managed and enforced. Yearly input from teachers (including specialists in health and physical education), school nurse, parents/guardians, students, representatives of the school food service program, school board members, the school administrator, and the public shall be considered as a sustained effort necessary to continued implementation and enforcement of this policy. The Administrator shall report to the school board, as requested, on St. Mary’s Catholic School’s programs and efforts to meet the purpose and intent of this policy.


[1]On June 30, 2004, Congress passed Section 204 of Public Law 108-265, of the Child Nutrition and WIC Reauthorization Act of 2004. This law requires each local education agency participating in a program, authorized by the Richard B. Russell National School Lunch Act (42 U.S.C.1751 et seq.) or the Child Nutrition Act of 1966 (42 U.S.C. 1771 et seq.), to establish a local school wellness policy.

[2]Michigan Department of Education Health Education Content Standards and Benchmarks,

July 1998. http://www.michigan.gov/documents/Health_Standards_15052_7.pdf.

[3]Title 7—United States Department of Agriculture, Chapter ii – Food and Nutrition Service,

Department of Agriculture, Part 210 – National School Lunch Program.

http://www.access.gpo.gov/nara/cfr/waisidx_04/7cfr210_04.htm

[4]Nutrient dense foods are those that provide substantial amounts of vitamins and minerals and relatively fewer calories. Foods that are low in nutrient density are foods that supply calories but relatively small amounts of micronutrients (sometimes not at all).

http://www.health.gov/dietaryguidelines/dga2005/report/HTML/G1_Glossary.htm

[5]Michigan Department of Education Physical Education Content Standards and Benchmarks, July 1998.

http://www.michigan.gov/documents/Physical_Education_Content_Standards_42242_7.pdf

Adopted 8/22/06