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Pledge to

Obtain a copy of your school's wellness policy

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How to do this

Complete these steps by September 1

  1. 1

    Find and read your district’s policy and any guidelines that
    exist for your individual school.
     It is required by law that school wellness policies must be made accessible to the public, so look for this information online, in a family or parent handbook or in the school office.

  2. 2

    Evaluate your policy's strength. Does it “suggest,” “encourage,” “recommend” or say “Schools may…”? Or is it stronger: “Schools will…”, “Schools must…” etc. To help evaluate the policy, use the Wellness Policy Assessment Tool (WellSAT2.0) from the Rudd Center for Food Policy & Obesity, or compare it to this Model Wellness Policy.

  3. 3

    Ask questions. Who wrote the policy? When was it developed, and has it ever been evaluated? Who is responsible for its implementation? Are teachers and parents aware of the policy or guidelines? Are the policy goals included in the School Improvement Plan?

  4. 4

    Use the policy or school guidelines as a platform for the projects you want to implement. Talk about the wellness policy goals that your project will help to meet when you’re looking for support. 

  5. 5

    Promote the policy and your school’s wellness practices. Offer to develop materials to create community awareness and buy-in on the policy itself as well as your school’s wellness initiatives. Use signage, brochures, newsletter articles and website promotions.

    (Source: Action for Healthy Kids)

This pledge closed about 4 years ago

How this will help

Local school wellness policies provide an opportunity to create and support a healthy school environment, promote student health, and reduce childhood obesity. Parent involvement in wellness...

Local school wellness policies provide an opportunity to create and support a healthy school environment, promote student health, and reduce childhood obesity. Parent involvement in wellness initiatives and goals creates supportive school nutrition and physical activity environments that address the specific needs of the community.

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