Purpose and Goals
Hillsides recognizes that good nutrition and physical activity are essential for students to maximize their full academic potential, reach their physical and mental potentials, and achieve lifelong health and well-being. A responsible approach to nutrition and physical activity promotes healthy weight maintenance and reduces the risk of many chronic diseases, including asthma, hypertension, heart disease, and Type 2 diabetes.
Hillsides’ has a responsibility to culture a school environment that helps students learn and maintain lifelong healthy eating and lifestyles habits. Many factors play a role in achieving a healthy school environment, including foods and beverages available to students while at school, nutrition education, opportunities for physical activity, and other school-based activities designed to promote student wellness.
Hillsides has established a Wellness Committee designed to optimize the health and well being of students, and fulfill the requirements of The Child Nutrition and WIC Reauthorization Act of 2004.
Nutrition Standards for All Foods Available during the Day
The school meal program will operate in accordance with the National School Lunch and Breakfast Program standards. Hillsides offers varied and nutritious food choices that are consistent with the federal government’s current Dietary Guidelines for Americans and meet all legal requirements set forth by the government. School meals will be prepared in appealing ways that retain nutritive quality and foster lifelong healthful eating habits. Meals are served in age appropriate quantities, in pleasant surrounding with adequate seating and supervision while providing time to eat, relax, and socialize.
Hillsides contracted food service company (Chartwells) has established and implemented a food safety program for the preparation and service of school meals based on the Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point principles (HACCP) in accordance with the Reauthorization Act of 2004.
Nutrition Education Goals
Student will have the opportunity to participate in a variety of classroom nutrition education and learning experiences that include the following.
- Nutrition knowledge: benefits of eating healthy, nutrients, deficiencies, safe food preparation, and healthy weight management.
- Nutrition related skills: planning a healthy meal, using food labels, evaluating food labels.
- Assessment of personal eating habits: goals for self-improvement, planning.
In accordance with Federal Law and US Department of Agriculture policy, this institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age or disability.
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Physical Activity Goals
Hillsides students are given opportunities for physical activity during the school day through P.E. classes, walking programs, and integration of physical activity into the academic curriculum. Students are also given the opportunity for physical activities after school by participation in school sponsored Athletic Teams and in the Day Rehab program. Time allotted for physical activities are consistent with the Reauthorization Act of 2004 regulations meeting the required 60 minutes per day. Hillsides’ provides a positive physical and social environment that encourages safe and enjoyable activity for all students.
Goals for Other School-Based Activities Designed to Promote Student Wellness
Hillsides staff are encouraged to include and support healthy food offerings at school parties and other functions to support a healthy environment. Staff are encouraged to support the nutrition education efforts by considering nutritional quality when selecting any snack for such events.
Goals for Measurement and Evaluation
Hillsides Director of Education/Assistant Director will ensure compliance with the Wellness Policy in the school.
Director of Operations along with Chartwells Food Service will ensure compliance with the Wellness Policy in the food service department.
The Wellness Committee reviews and oversees the policy and implementation. Periodic reviews include comments and input from teachers, childcare workers, and children