In the Child Nutrition and WIC Reauthorization Act of 2004, the U.S. Congress established a requirement for school districts that participate in federally funded school meal program(s) to develop and implement a wellness policy. We adopted a Wellness Policy
in 2006, and revised it in 2010 and 2017, to align with the updated Chancellor’s Regulation A-812 (Competitive Foods). To promote and protect students’ health, well-being and ability to learn, the DOE will:
- Ensure that students have quality physical education that meets State requirements, and opportunities to be physically active before, during, and/or after school.
- Ensure that students receive comprehensive health education that helps them develop the knowledge and skills to practice lifelong healthy behaviors.
- Ensure that students have access to healthy foods during the school day—through both school meals and other foods available throughout the school campus—in accordance with federal and New York State nutrition standards.
- Ensure that school meals provide students with access to a variety of affordable, nutritious, and appealing foods that meet their health and nutritional needs while accommodating the religious, ethnic, and cultural food preferences of the student body.
- Provide students with clean, sanitary settings and adequate time to eat.
- Participate in available federal school meal programs, including the School Breakfast Program, National School Lunch Program (including after-school snacks), Summer Food Service Program, Fruit and Vegetable Snack Program, and Child and Adult Care Food Program (including suppers).
- Engage the community in supporting the work of the DOE in creating continuity between school and other settings for students and staff to practice lifelong healthy habits.
The DOE engaged students, parents, teachers, food service professionals, health professionals and other interested community members during the Policy’s development and review, and we continue to seek input from these stakeholders. Please send comments and questions to Wellness@schools.nyc.gov
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