Legislation and Wellness in Schools

  • Each school district that participates in the National School Lunch Program or other child nutrition programs is required by federal law to establish and maintain a local school wellness policy for all schools  under its jurisdiction. 
    Congress recognizes the important role schools play in promoting health of our youth.
    • 2004: Child Nutrition and Women Infants and Children (WIC) Reauthorization Act (§204 of P.L. 108-205). 
      • Required by law that all school districts participating in the National School Lunch Program or other child nutrition programs create local wellness policies, placing the responsibility at the local educational agency level.
    • 2010: Hunger-Free Kids Act (§204 of P.L. 111-296) which added new provisions for wellness policies related to implementation, evaluation, and publicly reporting on progress of local wellness policies. 
      • School Districts designate one or more local education agency (school district) officials to ensure that each school complies with the local wellness policy. 
      • Components of wellness policy and implementation are present to support goals for promoting nutrition, nutrition education, physical activities that promote student wellness. 
      • Representation from community stakeholders, parents, students as well as involved school personnel participate in the development, implementation, and review and update of the local wellness policy. 
      • Requires school districts to inform and update the public about the content and implementation of local wellness policies. 
      • Participate in surveys to identify the extent to which schools are in compliance with local wellness
      • Offer employee health initiatives that align with programs and health promotion initiatives of its students.