School Wellness Policy

The Child Nutrition and WIC Reauthorization of 2004 requires every school district to produce a local wellness policy.

What must wellness policies include?

The minimum requirements include the following:

  • Goals for nutrition education, physical activity, and other school-based activities designed to promote student wellness in a manner that the local educational agency determines appropriate.
  • Nutrition guidelines selected by the local educational agency for all food available on each school campus under the local educational agency during the school day with the objectives of promoting student health and reducing childhood obesity. Review the Healthy Kids Act for additional information.
  • Assurance that guidelines for reimbursable school meals shall not be less restrictive than regulations and guidance issued by the Secretary of Agriculture pursuant to the Child Nutrition Action and National School Lunch Act.
  • A plan for measuring implementation of the local wellness policy, including designation of one or more persons within the local educational agency or at each school, as appropriate, charged with operational responsibility for ensuring that the school meets the local wellness policy.
  • Involvement by parents, students, representatives of the school food authority, the school board, school administrators, and the public in developing the school wellness policy.

Additional information is available on Team Nutrition's Healthy Schools page.


Promoting Healthy Eating

School staff are vital role models for healthy nutrition and physical activity behaviors for our youth. Teaching by example is as important as teaching by the book. Is health and wellness a priority at your school?

School environments help shape 95 percent of American children's health behaviors. Download a copy of What Schools Can Do to Promote Healthy Eating for more information.

Some food items used for student rewards and school fundraising activities send a conflicting message compared to what is taught about healthy food choices. Check Non-food Alternatives for School Rewards and Fundraising for a list of ideas for non-food rewards and non-food fundraising ideas for elementary, middle, and high school students.

Popular Publications

School Wellness Policy PointersTips for Preparing a School Wellness Policy

Resources for developing and maintaining local school wellness policy committees.

Share |