Our Wellness PolicyDistrict Wellness Policy.pdf
Why a Wellness Policy?Childhood Obesity
& Diet Related Illness
- Our School Nutrition Program complies with federal, state and local requirements.
- Our School Nutrition Program is accessible to all children.
- We provide and promote nutrition education.
- We encourage meaningful physical fitness activities for all children.
- All school-based activities are consistent with local wellness policy goals.
- Recommend that all foods and beverages made available on campus (including vending, concessions, a la carte, student stores, parties, and fundraising) during the school day are consistent with the current Dietary Guidelines for Americans.
- Insure that all foods made available on campus adhere to food safety and security guidelines.
- Provide a school environment that is safe, comfortable, pleasing, and allows ample time and space for eating meals.
- Insure that food and/or physical activity is not used as a reward or punishment.
- School Nutrition Association
- USDA Food & Nutrition Services
- Centers for Disease Control
- National School Boards Association
- National PTA
- Action for Healthy Kids
- American Dietetic Association
- Food Research and Action Center
- Elementary/Secondary School Principals
- National Association of School Nurses
- USDA Cooperative Extension
- National Dairy Council
- Society for Nutrition Education
- The National Association for Sport and Physical Education
- Council of Chief State School Officers
Our District has developed a Wellness Policy that is focused on improving the health of students. The policy was developed by the health and wellness advisory council that includes teachers, parents, administrators, and the district nurse.
As stated in current school board policy:
"The Buncombe County Board of Education recognizes that it is important for students to maintain their physical health and receive proper nutrition in order to take advantage of educational opportunities. The board further recognizes that student wellness and proper nutrition are related to a student’s physical well-being, growth, development and readiness to learn. The board is committed to providing a school environment that promotes student wellness, proper nutrition, nutrition education and regular physical activity as part of the total learning experience."
Improving child nutrition is the focal point of the USDA Child Nutrition Program. The Smart Snacks in School nutrition standards support better health for children. Technical assistance is provided to meet the goals of the USDA child nutrition program on the USDA website.
Click here for the Student Wellness Standards.
Sharing the Message of Wellness
One of our goals is to share the message of nutrition and wellness via our department's Web site that emphasizes the importance of nutrition AND fitness. Our site provides information on the nutrition and fitness for teachers, parents, and students, as well as, a variety of learning tools.
Key Areas of our Wellness Policy
Balance is essential for any Wellness Policy. Key areas include:
- Nutrition Education
- Physical activity
- Other school-based activities that are designed to promote student wellness.
Interested in being a part of SHAC- Student Health Advisory Council?
Meetings are open to all students, community stakeholders, parents, and educators who are interested in learning more about the Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child model (WSCC model). You are invited to attend our 2019-2020 meetings on the below dates:
- October 7, 2019
- December 9, 2019
- February 10, 2020
- April 13, 2020
- June 8, 2020
The above meetings are held at: Buncombe County Schools, 175 Bingham Road, Asheville, NC 28806 in the Maple Room from 3:30-5:00. Please enter at Door A for your visitors pass and directions to the Maple Room.
- CDC WSSC
- CDC virtual
- E-Learning Series CDC tools for Healthy Schools
- CDC Infographics
- Alliance for a Healthier Generation