Chattahoochee Hills Charter School
Wellness Policy - 2016 - Revised
Chattahoochee Hills Charter School promotes health in students by supporting physical activity incorporated into the daily curriculum along with balanced high quality nutrition for the school learning environment. The school Board along with staff support a healthy environment where students learn, play exercise and participate in great dietary and lifestyle practices. By encouraging learning through the support and promotion of quality physical activity, and a balanced nutritious meal, our school contributes to the basic and in some ways advanced health status of students.
While maintaining a local Wellness Policy Committee through Chattahoochee Hills Charter School, the primary group will consist of Representatives of the Board, school staff and students who lead members such as the school nutrition authority manager, school nurse, physical education coach, principal, and other school members.
CHCS along with the SNA’s recognize that adolescent and child obesity has reached epidemic levels in the United States, and that poor diet with a lack of physical activity negatively impact students health, and their ability to learn. Our school is committed to but not limited to the following goals/ objectives:
- Providing appealing, but nutritious and healthy foods
- Encouraging daily consumption of fresh fruits and vegetables, along with low fat milk and whole- grain items such as bread and pasta
- Supporting healthy eating though nutrition education
- Encouraging to try all required components of their daily meals
- Providing students with multiple ways to engage in physical activity
Providing students with healthy and nutritious foods:
- Following the National Breakfast and Lunch Program, we strive for the following
Making sure meals are appetizing and attractive to the children
Following locals state and federal law- meet minimum nutrition requirements offer a variety of food high in nutritional value, preferably fresh fruits and vegetables
- Foods sold outside the meal (snack lines, student stores, fundraisers, ala carter, vending) in secondary schools targeted goals include:
1) Beverages- such as carbonated drinks, excluding seltzer or flavored water cannot be sold or distributed to students.
The consumption of water, low fat milk, and 100% juice is always encouraged
2) Foods- should have no more the 35% of its calories from fat, (excluding nuts, seeds, peanut butter, other nut butters, and cheese**CHCS is a Nut/ Tree Nut free campus, and follows this practice daily**) and 10% of its calories from saturated fats, and trans fat combined; less than 35% of its weight from added sugars; less that 230 mg of sodium per serving for items such as chips, crackers, French fries, baked goods, and other snack items; less than 480mg of sodium per serving for main dishes. Foods for sale at any location on the school grounds where foods are sold should:
- Be whole grain/ whole grain- rich
- Have as the first ingredient a fruit, vegetable, dairy or protein food
- Contain 10% of the Daily Value (DV) of one of the nutrients of the public health concern in the 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans (such as calcium, potassium, vitamin D, or dietary fiber)
3) Portion Sizes- should follow the NSB & L Program and USDA guidelines. An appropriate serving would be: 1oz for chips, crackers or popcorn (snack bag size), dried fruit, trail mix; 1oz for cookies; 2oz for muffins, bagels, granola bars, cereal bars, and other baked items; 4 fl oz for desserts such as frozen low- fat or fat free ice cream; 8oz yogurt; 12 fl oz for beverages excluding milk and water.
Supporting healthy eating through nutrition education:
1) Nutrition education utilizing materials provided by DoE that includes enjoyable, developmentally appropriate, and culturally relevant participatory activities- such as farm visits, and school gardens, contests, promotions, and taste- testing
2) Integrating nutrition education into health classes and other classroom instruction subjects taught by the classroom instructors (health/ PE, science teachers) and utilizing materials provided by the USDA and DoE and Health
3) Promoting nutritional information on foods of high nutritional value; like fruits, vegetables, and whole- grain foods, as well as foods with added sugar, and foods low in saturated fat and trans- fats
4) Emphasizing the importance on portion control and calorie balance with food intake and physical activity.
5) CHCS offers nutrition education that is part of a comprehensive standard based program designed to provide the knowledge and skills necessary to promote and protect children’s health
6) It is important to link meal programs, other foods, and nutrition- related community services to nutrition education
School Based Activities Promoting Student Wellness:
- Physical Activity in a classroom environment
o Health education is offered in the classroom, and complements physical education by backing up the self-management skills and knowledge needed to maintain a physically active lifestyle
o CHCS being a nature- based school requires weekly trail visits/ hikes (3 times a week minimum), daily recess, and physical education which is incorporated into the curriculum that encourages less sedentary activities, such as watching television, playing computer games, being on a cell phone, etc.
o Teachers are required but encouraged to provide short physical activity breaks between lessons or classes, as needed
- Scheduling and Meal Times
o At least 10 or more mins for students eating breakfast must be provided when they sit down, and 20 minutes for lunch
o CHCS serving schedules starts promptly at 10:50am to 11:20 giving students time to eat from 10:50am to 12:55pm.
o Schedules should not be during tutoring, club or organizational meetings or activities during mealtimes, unless students may eat during such activities
o Access to washing or sanitizing must be provided before students eat meals or snacks.
Physical Activity – Goals for Physical Activity:
1) Offering a variety of opportunities for all students to engage in up to 60 minutes of activities several times a week – The program should consist of physical education, recess, fitness breaks, sports, and other physical activities
2) Physical Education through the school must be structured and available to students daily as resources allow. This process assist in the critical motor skills needed at this age for development.
3) Recess must be provided by the school approximately 30 minutes per day, preferably outdoors that involves moderate to vigorous physical activity. The CHCS concept for our school being nature- based provides numerous daily required activities including hikes, outdoor learning, etc.
4) Activity breaks are encouraged and the school should discourage periods (of 2 hours or more) of inactivity. When activities such as mandatory school-wide testing, make it necessary for students to remain indoors for long periods of time, schools should give students periodic breaks during which they are encouraged to stand, and be moderately active. Depending on the students needs, we provide anywhere from 5 to 10 minutes for a break during long periods of testing.
5) All school personnel are encouraged to find alternatives to using denial of recess of physical activity as a disciplinary strategy as physical activity is an important structure in daily activities
Nutrition Guidelines made Available during the school day:
- Chattahoochee Hills Charter School assures that its guidelines for reimbursable meals shall not be less restrictive than regulations and guidance issued by the USDA, and State of Georgia Nutrition Department
Goals for School meals served through the National Breakfast/ Lunch Program
- Meals appetizing and attractive to children
- Meeting minimum nutrition requirements established by local, state, and federal law
- Offering meals with a variety of food high in nutritive value, preferably fresh fruits and vegetables
Foods sold outside the meal such as fundraising, ala carte, snack lines, student stores, etc. Targeted Goals include:
- Beverages- CHCS encourages bottled water, low fat milk, and 100% Fruit Juices, but discourages carbonated drinks excluding seltzer or flavored water
- Foods- Should not have more than 35% of its calories from fat (excluding nuts, seeds, peanut butter, other nut butters, and cheese) However, CHCS is a nut/ tree nut free campus. 10% of its calories from saturated fat, and trans fat combined, less than 35% of its weight from added sugars; less than 230mg of sodium per serving for chips, cereals, crackers, French fries, baked goods, and other snack items; less than 480mg of sodium per serving for main dishes.
Foods for sale at any location on the school site where foods are sold should:
- Be a “whole- grain” rich product
- Have as the first ingredient a fruit, vegetable, dairy, or protein product
- Have a combination food with at least ¼ cup fruit or vegetables
- Contain 10% of the Daily Value (DV) of one of the nutrients of public health concern in the 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans (calcium, potassium, Vitamin D, or dietary fiber)
- An appropriate serving size could include but not limit to: 1oz chips, crackers, popcorn (in a snack bag size), cereal, trail mix (nut free), dried fruit or jerky; 1oz for cookies; 2oz for cereal bars, granola bars, pastries, muffins, bagels and other bakery items; 4fl oz. for frozen desserts including but not limited to low fat ice cream, frozen yogurt; 8oz for yogurt; and 12fl oz. for beverages, excluding water and milk. Ala Carte entrees and side dishes including potatoes portion sizes will not be greater than the size of comparable portions offered as part of meals. Fruits and non- deep fried vegetables are exempt from portion size limits
Fundraising activities and targeted goals:
To meet Smart Snack standards, it is recommended that to support children’s health and school nutrition – education efforts; school fundraising activities not involve food that limits the use of Smart Snack standards for food and beverages sold individually. Fundraising entities are encouraged to utilize activities that promote physical activity.
CHCS while working with our caterers utilizes the “At Risk” snack program to promote healthy and appetizing snacks to the after school care program, while providing a positive contribution to children’s diets and health. Fruits, and vegetables followed by “whole- grain” snack items are offered daily. Bottled water is always encouraged throughout the school day. 100% juice and milk may be considered as an offering depending on the time of day. CHCS shall assess if and when to offer snacks based on timing of meals, children’s nutritional needs, children’s ages, and other considerations.
The CHCS School Board encourages the use of foods and beverages that meet the recommended nutrition standards for items sold individually as outlined in this policy, as rewards for academic performance or good behavior. School personnel cannot nor will not withhold food or beverages from students (including food served through meals) as a punishment.
It is recommended that individual building staff members evaluate their celebration practices that involve food during the school day.
The Wellness Policy Committee has the responsibility to conduct a baseline assessment of the schools existing nutrition and physical activity environment and practices. CHCS will use as provided by the (CDC) Center for Disease Control, School Health Index (SHI) as a guide to conduct yearly assessments. The results of their assessment will be compiled at the board level to identify and prioritize needs annually.
School Nutrition Manager: Jonathan Long
Date Revised: 10/26/2016