State & Federal Wellness Mandate
State and federal laws mandate that every school district in the Commonwealth institute a wellness policy to address what has been identified as a national childhood obesity epidemic. Penn-Delco rolled out a new wellness program in September 2006.
In order to comply with this mandate, Penn-Delco formed a well-rounded committee to determine an appropriate course of action. A community member, student, nurse, school board member, physical education teacher and two parents, as well as our Assistant Superintendent, Athletic Director and Food Services Director were selected to create a program that would promote a healthier lifestyle while attending school. The program that was adopted complies with state and federal laws. Following state guidelines, the Wellness Committee selected less restrictive options, choosing to avoid the strictest recommendations provided in the new law.
One aspect of the policy stresses the need for a more balanced variety of meal and snack choices. Students are not required to totally give up snacks and treats traditionally associated with school activities. The law, however, requires all school districts to address the amount of treats that are to be made available to our children and limit the serving sizes. As a component of the law, the district is also required to address items such as fund raising, school parties, vending machines and rewards.
The wellness policy does not only address the issue of what types of food are being served within the district. Nutrition is just one of several components involved in the program. Due to the policy implementation, the elementary physical education curriculum was revised to include a yearly health/nutrition component. Schools are also asked to promote healthier living. We will encourage participation in athletic activities such as walking and sports clubs.
The following are highlights of the state and federal mandated wellness policy:
*Criteria for nutritional foods and beverages are available in the main office of your school or on the Penn-Delco website.
WELLNESS POLICY APPROVED SNACK LIST
Reduced Fat Nachos
|Iced Animal Crackers||Keebler Elf Grahams|
|Chocolate Chip Granola Bar||Baked Crunchy Curls|
|Strawberry General Fruit Roll Ups||Strawberry Fruit Gushers|
|100 Calories Chips Ahoy Cookies||Honey Wheat BraidedTwists|
|(1) Pop Tart – Frosted Blueberry||100 Calories Oreo Cookies|
|Baked Original Potato Crisp||Graham Crackers|
|(1) Pop-Tart – Strawberry|
|Fruit Snacks Strawberry||Trix Cereal Bars|
|Fruit Snacks Mixed
||Reduced Fat Cheeze-Its|
|Baked Ruffles Cheddar Sour Cream Onion||Soft Pretzel|
|Munchies Kid Mix||Pretzel Rod|
|Chocolate and Vanilla Pudding Snack Pak|
WHERE APPROPRIATE, ITEMS SHOULD BE PACKAGED IN THE SMALL INDIVIDUAL BAGS
Please contact your building principal with any questions.