Changes are coming for school wellness across the country. In July of 2016, the USDA passed the final rules for wellness policies. While these new guidelines aren’t as extensive as those previously passed, many districts will still need to update their policies to address target areas including nutrition promotion using evidence-based strategies, guidelines for food that is served but not sold to students, and how the public is made aware of topics surrounding the district wellness policy. Schools are expected to have updates completed by June 30, 2017.
The North Country Healthy Heart Network (NCHHN) through the Creating Healthy Schools and Communities grant is consulting with Brushton-Moira, Malone, and Salmon River school districts during this policy implementation period and is available to consult with other districts as well. Some of the technical assistance being provided includes:
- Assessing the district’s current policy.
- Suggestions how to integrate the final ruling requirements into existing policies.
- Additional recommendations to further strengthen policy content and language.
NCHHN applauds our partner Brushton-Moira Central School District for already achieving compliance with the final rules. They’ve shown great dedication to student and staff wellness. Their commitment and motivation to ensure a healthy environment for their students truly makes them champions.