Wellness Policy
Wellness

West Babylon School District’s Wellness policy                            

West Babylon School District is committed to providing school environments that promote and protect children’s health, well-being, and ability to learn by supportinghealthy eating habits and physical activity. Therefore, it is thepolicy of the West Babylon School District that:

The school district will engage students, parents, teachers, administrators, food service professionals, health professionals, and other interested community members in developing, implementing, monitoring, and reviewing district-wide nutrition and physical activity policies. This group will serve as the West Babylon District-wideWellness Committee.

All students in grades K-12 will have opportunities, support and encouragement to be physically active on a regular basis.

Foods and beverages served at school will meet the nutrition recommendations of the West Babylon Wellness Policy.

Only healthful foods and beverages in appropriate portions may be used in classroom celebrations.  All snack foods provided to students at parties or other events during the school day shall meet either the nutrition guidelines set by the Alliance for a Healthier Generation or the New York State Nutrition Association’s Choose Sensibly guidelines. Items must be commercially prepared.  These items must be in original sealed package with labeling of ingredients and nutritional content. Whole fruits are permissible.  If the fruit must be cut-up, this should be done at school following appropriate food handling standards.

Items containing ingredients to which a member of a classroom is allergic must be avoided.  Under no circumstances should a student be served foods that contain ingredients to which he or she is allergic.

Home madefoods are for personal consumption only.  These items are not to be shared, served or sold to students during school hours.

All foods sold by student organizations for fundraisers must meet thenutrition guidelines set by the Alliance for a Healthier Generation orthe New York State Nutrition Association’s Choose Sensibly guidelines. Items must be commercially prepared.  These items must be in the original sealed package with labeling of ingredients and nutritional content.During the school day only foods compliant with these guidelines shallbe sold to students.

The exception to the above provisions is food produced as part of coursework and instruction.  All foods prepared as part of classroom instruction shall follow appropriate food handling standards. 

Organizations affiliated with the District (e.g., the PTA, Sports Parents Association, and Music Parents Association) are encouraged to offer healthy choices among the foods served or sold at after school events.

Qualified child nutrition professionals will provide students with access to avariety of  affordable, nutritious and appealing foods that meet the health and nutrition needs of students; will provide clean, safe and pleasant settings and adequate time for students to eat; and will comply with federal, state and local child nutrition program requirements.

Schools will provide nutrition education and physical education to foster lifelong habits of healthy eating and physical activity, and will establish linkages between health education and school meal programs, and with related community services.

Each school will maintain a School Wellness Committee that meets at least every other month.  These committees shall seek to include members who are representative of the diversity of our community.  At least one parent/guardian representative shall be part of the committee.  The committees will solicit input from the community at large, including students, parents/guardians and staff members.  The committees will promote activities that further the goals of the policy.  To accomplish this, the committees will be committed to reflecting the importance of diversity and culturally inclusive practices.

All school-based activities are consistent with local wellness policy goals.

The superintendent (or designee) will develop a summary report on district-wide compliance with the district’s established nutrition and physical activity wellness policies, based upon input from schools within the district following the first year of policy implementation  and every three years thereafter.

Ref:     

West Babylon Schools Allergy Policy - Files:  JHCDB and JHCDB-R

Letter from the Commissioner of the Suffolk County Department of Health Services - October 6, 2009

Adopted: 6/19/06

Revised:  5/12/09

Revised:  10/13/09

Helpful Resources

Alliance for a Healthier Generation - Healthy Snacks Product Navigator

http://shopping.netsuite.com/healthiergeneration

Alliance for a Healthier Generation - Healthy Schools Product Calculator

http://www.healthiergeneration.org/companies.aspx?id=2530 


Healthy Fundraising

Healthy School Celebrations

List of "Choose Sensibly" Foods

Snack Items That Contain Peanuts

 

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