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Wellness Policy

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.   DOE adopted a Wellness Policy in 2006, and revised it in 2010, available here, 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:
  • Support all schools in providing opportunities for and encouraging all students to be physically active on a regular basis.
  • Ensure that food and beverages sold or served at school will meet the nutrition recommendations of the U.S. Dietary Guidelines for Americans.
  • 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.
  • Ensure that students are provided 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).
  • Provide nutrition education and physical education to foster life-long habits of healthy eating and physical activity.
  • Establish linkages among health education, school meal programs, and related community service agencies.
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

2010 Wellness Policy (English)

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Check out the 12 winners of the School Wellness Policy Poster Contest. (Over 1,100 entries were received!)