The Intermediate 287 School Board approved policy HM180 Wellness on June 8, 2017, expressing their commitment to wellness for students to help them become healthier focused learners. The policy states, “The Board recognizes that nutrition promotion and education, physical activity and other school-based activities that promote student wellness are essential components of the educational process and that good health fosters student attendance and learning.”
The policy provides assurances that school meals and other foods meet federal nutrition guidelines. For example, food items that are sold a la carte in the cafeteria, from vending machines, school stores, and in-school fundraisers will meet USDA Smart Snacks In School nutritional standards. Staff will provide opportunities for physical activities and breaks during the day, as appropriate.
Did you know?
- Physical activity supports achievement - even moderate exercise, like walking, increases brain activity
- Students who eat school breakfast have been shown on average, to attend 1.5 more days of school per year and score 17.5% higher on standardized math tests
- Students will buy and eat healthier foods and beverages if given the choice (The Learning Connection, Action for Healthy Kids)
We welcome participation by parents, students, and staff as a part of the wellness policy guidelines to review the policy, share ideas, and engage in ways that support student wellness. To view the HM180 Wellness policy, go to www.district287.org, About Us, and click on Policies and Procedures.
For more information, to share your ideas, or be a part of the parent community wellness committee, please contact Kim Green, Wellness Coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org
Be well and stay healthy!