Wellness Policy

  • The MISD Wellness Policy was created with the idea that good nutrition and physical activity are essential for students to maximize their full academic potential and to achieve lifelong health and well-being. Feedback on the policy is welcomed now, and throughout the school year.

    MISD Wellness Policy

    Please send your feedback to:

    Wellness Committee
    MISD Administration Bldg.
    4160 86th Ave SE
    Mercer Island, WA 98040

     

    Background

    What must be covered in a Wellness Policy?

    Federal law (Section 204 of Public Law 108-265) requires that a school district’s Wellness Policy address:

    • nutritional guidelines for all foods sold to students on each school campus during the school day
    • nutritional guidelines for all foods distributed by staff during the school day
    • goals for student nutrition education, physical activity, and other school-based activities designed to promote student wellness
    • a plan to implement, review, and evaluate Wellness Policy standards and implementation

    What is not covered in the Wellness Policy?

    The policy does not cover foods that students bring to school, and foods that are sold or provided after school hours (such as at evening athletic events.)

    Who wrote the policy?

    A Wellness Committee comprised of MISD parents, students, staff, and community members researched and created the MISD policy, which was passed by the School Board on June 22, 2006. The committee seeks your feedback on this policy in effort to revise it into a policy that will maximize our children’s potential and help them achieve lifelong health and well-being.

    When will the policy take effect?

    The Wellness Policy was last updated in September 2015. A K-12 Food Services/Nutrition Committee was established, comprised of the food service director, district level administrator, and a parent representative from each school.

    How is the policy implemented?

    It will be the responsibility of each group, including food services and school clubs, to adhere to the policy. Periodically, the District will conduct a school-by-school assessment to monitor compliance. The District’s Food Service Director will be responsible for reporting compliance annually.

    Where can I send feedback?

    Feedback can be sent to:
    Wellness Committee
    MISD Administration Bldg.
    4160 86th Ave SE
    Mercer Island, WA 98040

    Additional Resources on Nutrition, Physical Activity, and Wellness

    Nutrition and Wellness

    The University of Washington Center for Public Health Nutrition

    The Center for Ecoliteracy is dedicated to education for sustainable living.

    National Association of State Boards of Education Healthy Schools Project’s goal is to encourage safe, healthy, and nurturing school environments for all of the nation's children and youth.

    USDA Dietary Guidelines for Americans 2015-2020 provide authoritative advice for people two years and older about how good dietary habits can promote health and reduce risk for major chronic diseases. They serve as the basis for Federal food and nutrition education programs.

    Washington State Nutrition & Physical Activity Plan provides a framework in which policy makers can work together to build and support environments that make it easier for Washington residents to choose healthy foods and be physically active.

    Action for Healthy Kids is a non-profit organization formed specifically to address the epidemic of overweight, undernourished, and sedentary youth by focusing on changes at school. They work to improve children’s nutrition and increase physical activity, which will in turn improve their readiness to learn.

    American Dietetic Association offers timely, science-based food and nutrition information.

    The School Nutrition Association is a national, nonprofit professional organization working to assure that all foods and beverages available in schools are consistent with Dietary Guidelines for Americans.

    Physical Activity

    Active Living Resource Center provides answers and resources to help make walking and bicycling part of a community’s healthier lifestyle. It provides the steps to take to make neighborhoods and community places that encourage bicycling and walking, places where children can safely play or walk to and from school.

    Safe Routes is a centralized resource of information on successful Safe Routes to School (SRTS) programs and strategies. It provides information on how to start and sustain a Safe Routes to School program, case studies of successful programs as well as many other resources for training and technical assistance.