The purpose of the wellness priority is to improve the health and academic performance of students. Wellness activities will address nutrition education and physical fitness activities for the development of lifelong health habits and promotion of a healthy lifestyle for:
School Staff Members
Parents and Community Networks
School Wellness activities will create a healthy school environment that supports consistent health, nutrition and physical activity messages to students and community. Local wellness policies as required by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) for child nutrition programs will be integrated into the Arkansas Consolidated School Improvement Plan (ACSIP) model.
School Wellness components can be an integral part of other ACSIP priority interventions and activities such as math, literacy, parent involvement, safe and drug free schools, etc.
I.ACSIP WELLNESS PRIORITY STANDARDS
A. SUPPORTING LAWS AND REGULATIONS
Student and community wellness is a national, state and local priority due to the epidemic numbers of students identified with health risks caused by excessive weight. The Institute of Medicine of the National Academies has identified the roles of the food industry, commercial advertising, schools, communities, government, parents, medical care and research in addressing this health crisis. The following state and federal laws and regulations provide the current direction for schools to improve students’ wellness:
1. FEDERAL LAWS – To meet the federal goal:
Child Nutrition Reauthorization Act of 2004 – Public Law: 108-265 Section 204 contains five (5) required components for the school district’s Wellness Policy effective June 30, 2006. (See required components listed as examples of Wellness Priority: Goal Statements.)
2. STATE LAWS - The following must be evident in the school district’s priority
ACT 1220 of 2003
“An ACT to create a child health advisory committee; to coordinate statewide efforts to combat child obesity and related illness; to improve the health of the next generation of Arkansans; and for other purposes.”