• MIDLAND INDEPENDENT SCHOOL DISTRICT

    NUTRITION/WELLNESS PLAN

    “HEALTH IS WEALTH”

    RATIONALE

    Whereas, children need access to healthful foods and opportunities to be physically active in order to grow, learn, and thrive;

    Whereas, good health fosters student attendance and education;

    Whereas, obesity rates have doubled in children and tripled in adolescents over the last two decades, and physical inactivity and excessive caloric intake are the predominant causes of obesity;

    Whereas, heart disease, cancer, stroke, and diabetes are responsible for two-thirds of deaths in the United States, and major risk factors for those diseases, including unhealthy eating habits, physical inactivity, and obesity, often are established in childhood;

    Whereas, 33% of high school students do not participate in sufficient vigorous healthy activity and 72% of high school students do not attend daily physical education classes;

    Whereas, only 2% of children (2 to 19 years) eat a healthy diet consistent with the five recommendations from My Plate;

    Whereas, nationally, the items most commonly sold from school vending machines, school stores, and snack bars include low-nutrition foods and beverages;

    Whereas, school districts around the country are facing significant fiscal and scheduling constraints; and

    Whereas, community participation is essential to the development and implementation of successful wellness policies;

    Thus, the Midland Independent School District is committed to providing school environments that promote and protect children’s health, well-being, and ability to learn by supporting healthy eating and physical activity. Therefore, it is the policy of the Midland Independent School District that:

    • The school district will engage students, parents, teachers, food service professionals, health professionals, and other interested stakeholders in developing, implementing, monitoring, and reviewing district wide nutrition and physical activity policies.

    • All students will have opportunities, support, and encouragement to be physically active.

    • Foods and beverages sold or served at school will meet the nutrition recommendations of the USDA, NSLP, and SBP.

    • Qualified child nutrition professionals will provide students with access to a variety of affordable, nutritious, and appealing foods that meet the health and nutrition needs of students; will provide clean, safe, and pleasant settings and adequate time for students to eat.

    • All schools in our district will participate in available federal meal programs.

    • Schools will provide nutrition education and physical education to foster lifelong habits of healthy eating and physical activity, and will establish linkages between health education and school meal programs, and with related community services.

       

    WELLNESS

    The district should follow nutrition guidelines that advance student health and reduce childhood obesity and shall promote the general wellness of all students through nutrition education, physical activity, and other school-based activities.

    Each campus is responsible for creating, maintaining, and setting goals/objectives that fit the needs of their school. The CSHAC (Campus School Health Advisory Council) meets every two months for the duration of a school year evaluating and improving their goals and objectives. The District SHAC meets monthly; minutes will be posted on www.midlandisd.net. Each campus will be responsible for submitting their minutes from their meetings every two months to present to the District SHAC committee.

     

    DEVELOPMENT OF GUIDELINE AND GOALS

    The District shall develop nutritional guidelines, physical activity, and wellness goals in consultation with the local SHAC and with involvement from representatives of the student body, child nutrition services, school administration, parents, and the public.

     

    NUTRITION GUIDELINES

    The District shall ensure that nutritional guidelines for reimbursable school meals shall be at least restrictive as federal regulations and guidance and that all foods available on each campus are in accordance with the USDA National Competitive Foods Policy and Texas Department of Agriculture Policy.

    In addition to legal requirements, the District shall:

    • Encourage that healthy food and beverage options  included at concessions at school-related events outside the school day.

    Guidelines to meet goal:

    • A recommendation of two healthy food choices will be offered at all events where concession stands are available to students.

    • Water will be offered at all events where concession stands are available to students.

     

    WELLNESS GOALS: NUTRITION EDUCATION

    The District shall implement, in accordance with law, a coordinated health program with a nutrition education component and shall use health course curriculum that emphasizes the importance of proper nutrition.

    In addition, the District establishes the following goals for nutrition education:

    • Nutrition education will be a District wide priority and will be integrated into other areas of curriculum, as appropriate.

    • The food service staff, teachers, and other school personnel will coordinate the promotion of nutrition messages in the cafeteria, the classroom, CSHCAC committee, and other appropriate settings.

     

    Guidelines to meet goals:

    • Teachers at each campus will integrate nutritional education lessons in their curriculum beginning at the pre-kindergarten level and extending through high school.

    • Food service staff will be responsible for submitting monthly menus.

    • Food service staff, teachers or other school personnel will display nutrition messages in the hallways and cafeteria.

    • National School Lunch Week will be observed on each campus and advertised.

    Measuring Compliance and Implementation:

    • Compliance will be measured using teacher lessons, photographs of posters, and worked displayed related to healthy nutrition practices. Implementation will be by the food service staff, teachers, and other school personnel. This will be monitored by the school principal.

     

    WELLNESS GOALS: PHYSICAL ACTIVITY

    The District shall implement, in accordance with law, a coordinated health program with physical education and physical activity components and shall offer at least the recommended amount of physical activity for all grades.

    In addition, the District shall establish the following goals for physical activity:

    • The District will provide an environment that fosters safe and enjoyable fitness activities for students, including those who are not participating in competitive sports.

    • Physical education classes will regularly emphasize moderate to vigorous activity.

    • The District will encourage parents to support their student’s participation, to be active role models, and to include physical activity in family events.

       

      Guidelines to meet goals:

    • A variety of physical fitness activities will be offered to students on each campus. Students at the middle school and high school level will be encouraged to include more than the minimum credit requirements for physical education.

    • Parents at the elementary level will be encouraged to set positive examples for nutritious eating habits and physical activities.

    Measuring Compliance and Implementation:

    Compliance will be measured using teacher lesson plans and copies of all nutritional correspondence between the school and parents. Implementation will be by teachers and other school personnel.

     

    WELLNESS GOALS: SCHOOL-BASED ACTIVITIES

    The District establishes the following goals to create an environment conductive to healthful eating and physical activity and to express a consistent wellness message through other school-based activities:

    • Sufficient time will be allowed for students to eat meals in lunchroom facilities that are clean, safe, and comfortable.

    • Employee wellness education and involvement will be promoted at suitable school activities.

    Guidelines to meet goals:

    • Schedules will reflect at least 15 minutes for breakfast and at least 25 minutes for lunch at each grade level on each campus.

    • Employee wellness education will be included throughout the year in staff development.

    Measuring Compliance and Implementation:

    • Compliance will be measured using campus schedules and documentation from staff development agendas. Implementation will be by the campus administrators.