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HUSSC Local Wellness Policy Criteria: Taking Steps to Create a Healthier School Environment March 6, 2014 2:30 – 4:00 p.m. EST.

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1 HUSSC Local Wellness Policy Criteria: Taking Steps to Create a Healthier School Environment March 6, 2014 2:30 – 4:00 p.m. EST

2 HOUSEKEEPING Recordings Handouts Q&A’s

3 Presenters Katie Bark, RD, LN, SNS Montana State University Dr. Kimberly DeBruycker, Superintendent, Gallatin Gateway Schools, MT Ebony James, MS, RD USDA/FNS Jenilee McComb, Child Nutrition Director, Provo City School District, UT Erika Pijai, MS, RD USDA/FNS

4 Objectives By the end of this presentation, you will – Understand LWP requirements – Know the LWP criteria for HUSSC – Identify resources for HUSSC and LWP – Become aware of Team Nutrition resources and the new LWP Web site – Learn examples of successful LWP implementation

5 HUSSC Overview General School health environment Your role



8 Local School Wellness Policy (LWP) Overview Federal law requires all local educational agencies/districts to have a local school wellness policy in place. 2004 Child Nutrition Reauthorization Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010

9 Proposed Rule Title:Local School Wellness Policy Implementation under the Healthy, Hunger- Free Kids Act of 2010 Published:February 26, 2014 Comment Period: Through April 28, 2014

10 Local School Wellness Policy (LWP) Requirements Leadership Designate LEA/school official(s) to ensure LWP compliance. LWP to indicate who is responsible for LWP oversight.

11 LWP Requirements LWP Team Required to permit certain groups to participate in LWP development, implementation, reviewing and updates: Parents Students School food authority representatives PE teachers ( New*) School health professionals ( New*) School board School administrators The public

12 LWP Requirements LWP Content Goals for – Nutrition promotion ( New*) – Nutrition education – Physical activity – Other school-based activities that promote student wellness Use evidence-based strategies ( New*)

13 Examples of Evidence-Based Strategies Smarter Lunchrooms Movement – Using creative names for fruits and vegetables and targeted entrees – Training staff to encourage students to select fruits and vegetables – Placing unflavored milk in front of other beverage choices – Bundling “grab and go” meals that include fruit and vegetable items

14 Nutrition Guidelines for all Foods Wellness policies must be consistent with: Meal pattern regulation Smart Snacks regulation

15 (*New) Policies for Food and Beverage Marketing Only allowed to market/advertise those foods and beverages that are consistent with the Smart Snacks standards. Would not apply to marketing that occurs at events outside of school hours Requesting public comment

16 Examples Applies to: Exterior of vending machines Posters Menu boards Coolers Trash cans Cups used for beverage dispensing Does not apply to:  Personal clothing  Personal items  Packaging of products brought from home  Educational tools

17 LWP Requirements Monitor, Assess, Public Updates Written LWP Info/updates on LWP Annual Progress Report Triennial Assessment (*New)

18 Monitoring and Oversight Included as part of the administrative review Every 3 years

19 Reviewing and Commenting on the Proposed Rule Federal Register – – Search - “Local School Wellness Policy Implementation under the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act” FNS Website – school-wellness-policy school-wellness-policy



22 Local School Wellness Policy Interagency Work Group 22 USDA Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) US Dept of Education (ED) US Dept of Health and Human Services - Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Purpose: Provide training and technical assistance to districts, school food authorities, and State educational agencies Help establish healthy school environments

23 What’s Needed? Needs Assessment Activities Literature review; Survey of school health researchers and practitioners; Conversations with school nutrition professionals; Town-hall meetings with school health stakeholders; Discussions with Carol M. White Physical Education Program grantees; and Online surveys and focus groups with LWP stakeholders 5-Year Technical Assistance and Guidance Plan

24 What’s Needed Themes from All Technical Assistance Activities Support and Collaboration Communication Tools and Resources Accountability

25 Strategies for Success Themes from All Technical Assistance Activities Strategies for Success Support and Collaboration Communication Tools and Resources Accountability Get buy-in from state/district/school leadership Create shared vision of success Collaborate across school departments Prioritize LWP implementation Frame LWP as an educational issue to garner support Clear communication about new LWP requirements Use simple tools for LWP implementation Refer to district/school success stories Gain support from key stakeholders with resources that emphasize academic, financial, and health benefits associated with LWPs Establish a true system of accountability Keep key documentation on file

26 Katie Bark, RD, LN, SNS Project Director, Montana Team Nutrition Program, Montana State University In collaboration with Office of Public Instruction or (406)994-5641

27 Strengthening Training Capacity School Wellness Coach Network (4 -.2FTE) School Food Service Peer Network (13) Action for Healthy Kids (four local teams) and Eat Right Montana Coalition T ogether E veryone A chieves M ore

28 Provide Funding to Keep School Wellness in Action Mini-Grant Programs ($500,2,000 to 5,000) Support “staff time” to coordinate LWP or complete an activity

29 Facilitate Community Engagement Offer to facilitate school-community round table discussions Can be the catalyst to encourage a school to take the HUSSC Challenge, or Provide support for farm to school or nutrition education

30 Increase Access to Resources and Training Opportunities “How To Guides” on School Wellness Policy or best practice (recess before lunch) Professional Development Workshops for staff Web-based School Wellness Policy Report One-on-One Technical Assistance

31 Dr. Kimberly DeBruycker Superintendent Gallatin Gateway Schools, MT

32 What is a Healthy School Nutrition Environment? The six components of a healthy school nutrition environment are: – A Commitment to Nutrition and Physical Activity; – Quality School Meals; – Other Healthy Food Choices; – Pleasant Eating Experiences; – Nutrition Education; and – Marketing. Source: Montana Team Nutrition

33 Commitment to Nutrition and Physical Activity Initial Steps: – Research – Local trainings - provided access for all staff interested – Wellness plan with community – Development of a Food Service Team – Design a school brochure


35 Quality School Meals Appearance - texture, color, arrangement, choice Consistency Samples Taste Tests

36 Other Healthy Food Choices Snack Cart - healthy options Cold Lunch - sandwich, fruit, vegetable, milk Hot Lunch - entree, fruit, vegetable, milk Samples Taste Tests Water in cafeteria



39 Pleasant Eating Experience Call students by name frequently Ellyn Satter - Division of Responsibility Recess Before Lunch Following Montana Behavior Initiative Wellness Plan implementation of non-food rewards Tolerance activities at meals - Mix It Up At Lunch Seating chart changed about every 20-25 days Provide restaurant atmosphere Staff eating with students Sheriff and other guests to eat with children

40 Pleasant Eating Experience Comfortable Cafeterias Video tableCafeterias.mp4

41 Nutrition Education Teachers trained - Serve Safe or other Staff meetings School plan for operation of cafeteria Surveys Interviews of students Taste Tests Student meal planning Lots and lots of reading!

42 Marketing Lucky Tray Day Newsletters - combination of all food service and health issues October 2009 Newsletter example ters-archive.php Website php

43 Marketing Signs all around the school - building an environment Visiting other schools for ideas Assembly with student participation/skits annually

44 Marketing Pictures

45 Marketing!


47 WELLNESS POLICY Nutrition Activity




51 HEALTHIER US SCHOOL CHALLENGE Ten Provo School District schools have been distinguished as winners of the Bronze HUSSC Award.


53 Take your LWP to higher heights: Apply for HUSSC 2004 HUSSC LWP Criteria – Required a copy of Local Wellness Policy Start somewhere Move FORWARD

54 Take your LWP to higher heights: Apply for HUSSC 2012 – HUSSC Criteria All Award Levels Submit copy of school’s local wellness policy with HUSSC application and provide descriptions for the following: – Three ways your school is working to meet local wellness policy goals – How parents, students, school administration and staff, and the community are involved in the implementation of the local wellness policy at your school Food not used as a reward/Physical Activity not used as punishment Other Criteria for Excellence

55 Take your LWP to higher heights: Apply for HUSSC 2014 – HUSSC Criteria – More changes on the way Keep Moving Forward!

56 Resources: HUSSC Implementation Brochure (Print/Download/Order) FAQs Archived HUSSC Webinars Success Stories Whole Grain Resource for the National School Lunch and School Breakfast Programs Stay Tuned to TN Website for the updated HUSSC Application Toolkit! Resources available to download:

57 Resources: LWP USDA’s new “School Nutrition Environment and Wellness Resources” website – Local School Wellness Policy Process – Required Wellness Policy Elements – Healthy School Nutrition Environment – Samples, Stories, and Guidance – Research Reports – Grants/Funding Opportunities

58 Resources: LWP

59 Key Information for LWPs: Read and Comment on the Proposed Rule: School Nutrition Environment and Wellness Resources Website: USDA Wellness Policy Web site: CDC: Suggestions for resources? Stories to share? Email us:

60 Nutrition Education Resources

61 Resource: Healthier Middle Schools: Everyone Can Help! Audience-tested communications tools to engage school community in wellness efforts: – Teachers – Principals – Parents – Foodservice Managers – Students


63 Closing Remarks

64 Questions? Email us at

65 Thank you for your attention!

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