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History of School Wellness in the Poudre School District
In 2004, Congress passed the Child Nutrition and Women Infants and Children (WIC) Reauthorization Act (Sec. 204 of P.L. 108-205). This act required by law that all local education agencies participating in the National School Lunch Program or other child nutrition programs create local wellness policies by May of 2006.
In compliance with the law, Poudre School District, with the help of a well-rounded group of community wellness experts, created a district-wide wellness policy to address the areas of nutrition, physical activity, and physical education. In accordance with this policy, the district established a Physical Fitness and Nutrition Advisory Council to develop a plan of implementation of the policy. Currently led by Nicole Turner-Ravana, a grant-funded district wellness coordinator, the Council, known as PFNAC, meets monthly to serve as a resource to schools and to increase the awareness and implementation of the policy guidelines.
Why School Wellness?
It’s been five years with a wellness policy – where are we now?
Articles and Links on School Wellness and ideas for implementing it in your school
As documented in the Action For Healthy Kids report, The Learning Connection, there is a growing body of evidence demonstrating that children who eat poorly or who engage in too little physical activity do not perform as well as they could academically.
Schools play a critical role in promoting the health and safety of young people and helping them establish lifelong healthy behaviors. Research also has shown that school health programs can reduce the prevalence of health risk behaviors among young people and have a positive effect on academic performance. CDC analyzes research findings to develop guidelines and strategies for schools to address health risk behaviors among students and creates tools to help schools implement these guidelines.
The American School Health Association has compiled a resource directory with many research publications demonstrating the link between health and academics and what quality school health programs look like.
Constructive Classroom Rewards
Physical Activity in the Classroom