Buena Vista City Schools
Local Wellness Policy
1. Academic performance and quality of life issues are affected by the choice and availability of good foods in our schools. Healthy foods support students’ physical growth, brain development, resistance to disease, emotional stability and ability to learn. Nutrition guidelines that require the use of products that are high in fiber, low in added fats, sugar and sodium, and served in appropriate portion sizes consistent with USDA standards shall be established for all foods offered by the district’s School Nutrition Department. Menu and product selection shall utilize student, parent, staff, and community advisory groups whenever possible.
2. The school lunch and breakfast programs are fully accessible to all students enrolled in school. Free and reduced-price meals are provided to students who meet income requirements in a manner that ensures these students are not identified by others.
3. The full meal program will continue to follow the U.S. Government’s Nutrition Standards. Federal regulations require that reimbursable meals adhere to the Dietary Guidelines for Americans and provide adequate calories, protein, vitamin C, vitamin A, iron, and calcium. Range limits are also suggested for cholesterol, sodium, and fiber. Federal guidelines limit fat in reimbursable meals to no more than 30% of calories from fat and less than 10% of calories from saturated fat.
4. Buena Vista City Schools will strive to increase participation in the school lunch and breakfast programs.
5. Buena Vista City Schools employs a food service director who is properly qualified and certified to current professional standards to administer the school food service program and satisfy reporting requirements.
6. Students are encouraged to start each day with a healthy breakfast.
7. A la carte offerings to students shall be nutritious and meet federal recommended guidelines, the recommended dietary allowances, and the dietary guidelines and shall be selected with input from students, parents, and staff.
a. Federal Regulation 7CFR210.11 Minimum nutritional value is defined as a food which does not contain at least five percent of one of the following nutrients: protein, calcium, iron, vitamin A, vitamin C, thiamine, riboflavin, or niacin. Food sold in addition to meals should be thoughtfully selected to ensure optimal nutrition quality and foster healthful eating habits.
8. All foods made available to Buena Vista City School students adhere to the state and local food safety and sanitation guidelines set forth in the 2005-06 Buena Vista City Schools Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points (HACCP) plans and guidelines to prevent food illness in school.
9. For the safety and security of the food and facility, access to the food service operations is limited to School Nutrition staff and authorized personnel.
10. Vending machine sales of beverages (soda or artificially sweetened drinks) in the schools are not permitted until the conclusion of the instructional day.
11. A lunchroom environment that provides students with a relaxed, enjoyable climate is provided. The lunchroom environment should be a place where students have:
a. Adequate space to eat and pleasant surroundings;
b. Adequate time for meals (the American Food Service Association recommends at least 10 minutes for breakfast and 20 minutes for lunch from the time they are seated);
c. Convenient access to hand-washing facilities before meals; and
d. Food is not used as a reward or a punishment for student behaviors, unless it is detailed in a student’s Individualized Education Plan (IEP).
12. Each school has a Nutrition Advisory Council that meets at least twice a year. The Nutrition Advisory Council consists of the school nutrition manager, a parent, a teacher, and a student representative from each grade. The Council addresses the issues of unhealthy eating practices and provides ideas for getting students to eat healthy. The Council also offers popular menu suggestions.
13. The School Nutrition Department maintains a website which posts lunch and breakfast menus, access to free/reduced lunch forms, the department’s mission statement, and school nutrition resources.
14. The School Nutrition Department regularly encourages parents to eat lunch and/or breakfast with their students.
1. Regular physical activity is linked to enhanced health and to reduced risk for all-cause mortality and the development of many chronic diseases in adults.
2. Comprehensive school health programs have the potential to slow the age-related decline in physical activity and help students establish lifelong, healthy physical activity patterns.
3. Buena Vista City Schools promote lifelong physical activity among young people by adopting policies that promote enjoyable, lifelong physical activity.
a. Physical education should help students develop the attitudes, motor skills, behavioral skills, and confidence they need to engage in lifelong physical activity.
4. Physical Activity Guidelines for Adolescents recommend that all adolescents be physically active daily, or nearly daily, as part of play, games, sports, work, transportation, recreation, physical education, or planned exercise.
a. Student are encouraged to engage in three or more sessions per week of activities that last 20 minutes or more at a time and that require moderate to vigorous levels of exertion.
b. Buena Vista City Schools strive to increase the percent of physical education class time that students spend being physically active.
c. National health objectives call for students to be physically active for at least 50% of physical education class time.
d. Parry McCluer High School provides extracurricular physical activity programs that meet the needs and interests of the students.
e. All Buena Vista City Schools provide the training for the students to enjoy lifelong physical activity.
5. Buena Vista City Schools work to improve the individual’s strength, flexibility, and cardiovascular endurance.
a. Testing is used as a mechanism for teaching students how to apply behavior skills (e.g., self-assessment, goal setting, and self-monitoring) to physical fitness development and for providing feedback to students and parents about students’ physical fitness.
6. Health instruction is utilized to generate positive attitudes toward healthy behaviors. These positive attitudes include the perception that it is important and fun to participate in physical activity. Health instruction in grades 6-12 covers the importance of nutrition in leading a healthy lifestyle. Nutrition information is covered with children in grades K-5 through their academic classes.
7. Buena Vista City Schools’ physical education program is one of the primary means of educating students with regard to physical skills and the value of participating in physical activity throughout their lives.
a. The physical education programs in Buena Vista City Schools are conducted by certified physical education specialists, who provide the major opportunity for students to be physically active each day.
8. Parry McCluer High School students will demonstrate achievement and maintenance of all health-enhancing level of personal fitness by designing, implementing, self-assessing, and modifying a personal fitness program. They will:
a. demonstrate program-planning skills by setting goals, devising strategies, and making timelines for personal physical activity plan.
b. apply the FITT (Frequency, Intensity, Time, Type) principle and other principles of training such as overload, specificity, and progression, in accordance with personal goals.
c. include scientific principles and concepts (e.g., methods of stretching, types of muscular contractions) as strategies for improvement of personal fitness.
d. use a variety of resources, including available technology, to assess, design, and evaluate a personal fitness program.
e. understand the effects on the body of sports enhancing chemicals.
9. Academic teachers at both elementary schools will strive not to remove physical education participation from students as a form of punishment.
10. Parry McCluer High School students will be encouraged to participate in school and community health-enhancing physical activities that provide opportunities for challenge and social interaction. They will:
a. maintain a record of daily participation in physical activities;
b. develop and evaluate progress toward personal physical-activity goals within and outside of physical education class; and
c. analyze long-term physiological and psychological benefits that may result from regular participation in physical activity.