Nutrition and Physical Activity: Local School Wellness Policies

"Nothing is more important than the health of our children. In my time as a teacher, coach, and policy maker, I have been committed to fighting for an education system that serves the whole child: not just their minds, but also their mental and physical wellness." Tom Torlakson, State Superintendent of Public Instruction

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Accesses documents and links to federal and state requirements and legislation.

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Reviews steps in policy development and resources.

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Provides examples of policies from California school districts and other federal, state, and local agencies.

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Furnishes resources for implementing school policies.

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Presents policy evaluation tools, reports, and research.

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Offers tips from districts that have developed policies and links to their web sites.

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Supplies links to nutrition and physical activity trainings, and other organizations with resources for policy development.

These pages respond to the Child Nutrition and WIC Reauthorization Act of 2004 and the requirements included in the Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act 2010 and the Implementation Final Rule established in 2016. This legislation requires school districts that participate in the National School Lunch and School Breakfast programs to develop and implement Local School Wellness Policies.

The site is organized into eight sections, select a graphic to access the pages related to each topic. The Policy News section highlights resources or additions to the Web pages, and Questions and Comments sends your comments or questions to the CHKRC staff.


The United States Department of Agriculture debuted Choose MyPlate. This icon is a visual cue to remind consumers to choose foods from the five food groups.

The 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans provides 5 Overarching Guidelines with Key Recommendations that specify nutritional targets and dietary limits to outline how people can improve their overall eating patterns — the complete combination of foods and drinks in their diet.

The Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 includes improvements to school and after school meal programs. In addition, the Final Rule: Local School Wellness Policy Implementation Under the Health Hunger-Free Kids Act requires all districts to establish minimum content for policies, ensure stakeholder participation in the development and updates of policies, and periodically assess and communicate compliance with the local school wellness policies.

HealthierUS School Challenge
This USDA initiative recognizes schools that promote meal participation, meal quality, nutrition education, and physical activity through school wellness policies.

Nutrition and Physical Activity questions or comments

Policy Overview | Developing Policies | Sample Policies | Strategies and Programs
| Evaluating Results | Advice from the Field | Other Resources

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