Our Wellness Policy
Why a Wellness Policy?Childhood Obesity
& Diet Related Illness
- Our School Nutrition Program complies with federal, state and local requirements.
- Our School Nutrition Program is accessible to all children.
- We provide and promote nutrition education.
- We encourage meaningful physical fitness activities for all children.
- All school-based activities are consistent with local wellness policy goals.
- Recommend that all foods and beverages made available on campus (including vending, concessions, a la carte, student stores, parties, and fundraising) during the school day are consistent with the current Dietary Guidelines for Americans.
- Insure that all foods made available on campus adhere to food safety and security guidelines.
- Provide a school environment that is safe, comfortable, pleasing, and allows ample time and space for eating meals.
- Insure that food and/or physical activity is not used as a reward or punishment.
- School Nutrition Association
- USDA Food & Nutrition Services
- Centers for Disease Control
- National School Boards Association
- National PTA
- Action for Healthy Kids
- American Dietetic Association
- Food Research and Action Center
- Elementary/Secondary School Principals
- National Association of School Nurses
- USDA Cooperative Extension
- National Dairy Council
- Society for Nutrition Education
- The National Association for Sport and Physical Education
- Council of Chief State School Officers
The Tupelo Public School District is working toward a district- wide “No Frying Policy” in our school cafeterias. As of June 4, 2013, there are eleven (11) cafeterias that have already implemented a “No Frying Policy” and are baking all entrees and frozen potatoes. Lawhon School has been awarded Nutrition Integrity Grant for the 2014-15 school year. These grants provide for the purchase of combi ovens that bake and/or steam food products served in the cafeteria that may have been previously fried. These new ovens allow cafeterias to bake products with a crispy outer coating while maintaining a moist inside texture. As part of the grant requirements, these school cafeterias have committed to removing their deep fat fryers and having a “No Frying Policy” at both of these cafeterias. We are looking forward to having these ovens installed during the fall of 2014. It is the goal of our Child Nutrition Department to offer the best quality foods that meet or exceed the healthy and food-safe requirements of the federal school meal programs.
Balance is essential for any Wellness Policy. Key areas include:
- Nutrition Education
- Physical activity
- Other school-based activities that are designed to promote student wellness.
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