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POLICY TO ENCOURAGE HEALTHY EATING HABITS AND PHYSICAL ACTIVITY

Effective July, 2007 - Revised June, 2017

 

 

It is the intention of Cheswick Christian Academy to comply with all federal standards

of the National School Lunch Act.  It shall apply to all students, staff, coaches, and volunteers and encompasses all food available to students during the school day through the food service program, in-school fundraisers, and classroom parties.  The policy shall be enforced by administration, staff, and the food service director or coordinator and shall be reviewed yearly.

 

1.         PURPOSE AND GOALS

 

INTENT - The intent of this policy is for all students of Cheswick Christian Academy to possess the knowledge and skills necessary to make nutritious food choices and be encouraged to participate in a variety of physical activities.  As role models, educators are encouraged to model a healthy lifestyle as a valuable part of daily life.  The comprehensive plan to encourage students to establish and maintain lifelong nutritious eating patterns and a healthy lifestyle includes:

 

  • A food service program that serves appealing choices of nutritious foods and a clean environment in which students are given an adequate time to eat.
  • Available healthy a la carte choices.
  • Nutrition and healthy lifestyle education to all grades.
  • A physical education program that includes moderate to vigorous activity.
  • Time in the elementary school day for supervised recess.
  • Opportunities for students to participate in extracurricular activities.

 

RATIONALE - The link between nutrition and learning is well documented.  Healthy eating patterns are essential for students to achieve their full potential, physical and mental growth, and lifelong health and well being.  Healthy eating patterns are linked to the reduced risk of many chronic diseases as adults.  Regular physical exercise reduces the risk of heart disease, high blood pressure, colon cancer, and diabetes. Promoting physical activity among young people is important because…

 

  • Through its effects on mental health, physical activity can increase a students’ capacity for learning
  • Physical activity has health benefits for students

 

2.         THE FOOD SERVICE PROGRAM

 

INTENT - Cheswick Christian Academy acknowledges that the feeding of children is primarily a family responsibility.  The school shall supplement by operating a food service program where students have affordable access to nutritious food and are given adequate time in which to eat in a clean, safe environment.

 

The food service program shall aim to be financially self–supporting.  The program is an essential educational and support activity for which neither budget nor profit generation can take precedence over the nutritional needs of the students.

 

PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS - During each full school day, the food service program shall offer lunch and snacks for students.  The school shall make every effort to ensure that families are aware of the availability of free and reduced-priced meals for eligible families and encourage them to apply.  The program shall maintain the confidentiality of the students and families applying for and/or receiving free or reduced-priced meals. The food service program shall offer varied and nutritious food choices in the reimbursable meal that are consistent with federal government guidelines.

 

Menus for Cheswick Christian Academy’s food service program will be planned by the food service director with input from staff and students.  Food pricing strategies shall be designed to encourage student participation.  Upon physician written request, modified meals shall be prepared for students with food allergies.  Information of ingredients used in the preparation of meals shall be made available upon request.

 

Smart Snacks Nutrition Standards states that “Any competitive food item sold in school must meet one of the General Standards: Be a “whole grain-rich” grain product; or have as the first ingredient a fruit, a vegetable, a dairy product, or a protein food; or be a combination food that contains at least ¼ cup of fruit and/or vegetable.  A competitive food item sold in school must also meet all six specific Nutrient Standards with limits on calories, sodium, total fat, saturated fat, trans fat, and sugar.  Accompaniments must be included in the nutrient profile as part of the food item sold.” Beverages for sale must also meet USDA Smart Choice which vary by grade level.

Cheswick Christian Academy does not allow food/beverage marketing on our school campus.

 

3.         NUTRITION EDUCATION

 

INSTRUCTIONAL PROGRAM DESIGN - Nutrition education shall be a part of the comprehensive health and physical education program taught at every grade level.  Nutrition education goals shall include the following:

 

  • Nutrition education lessons and activities will be age appropriate.
  • Nutrition education will provide children with the knowledge and skills needed to lead healthy lives.
  • Educators will integrate nutrition education into all subjects whenever reasonably possible to stress healthy, lifestyle patterns.
  • Consistent nutrition messages will be provided throughout the school, classroom, and food service program.
  • Nutrition education will extend beyond the school environment by sharing information with and involving families of students through monthly newsletters.
  • Nutrition topics will be behavior focused, and at every grade level will cover the following:

    • Benefits of healthy eating
    • Understanding nutritional balance by using MyPlate
    • Understanding and using food labels
    • Planning a healthy meal
    • How to assess personal eating habits and set goals for improvement
    • Principles of healthy weight management
    • Essential nutrients and nutritional deficiencies
    • Safe food preparation, handling, and storage
    • Use and misuse of dietary supplements (gr. 7-12)

 

STAFF QUALIFICATIONS - Staff shall be responsible for obtaining nutrition education to provide basic knowledge of nutrition and strategies designed to promote a healthy lifestyle.  Staff shall be required to meet the Professional Standards for School Nutrition Personnel as required by the Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 program requirements.

 

4.         PHYSICAL EDUCATION

 

Every student in every grade shall be required to participate in physical education for the entire year, unless a medical or parental excuse is provided.  Students in the elementary program shall be offered at least 70 minutes of physical education per average week.  Additional physical activity (at least 1 hour a day) after school hours will be encouraged.  Physical activity will not be used as a form of punishment.

 

INSTRUCTIONAL PROGRAM DESIGN - The C.C.A. physical education program will help students develop knowledge, motor skills, self management skills, attitudes, and confidence needed to adopt and manage physical activity throughout their lives.  An environment that encourages safe and enjoyable activity for all students will be provided.  The physical education program goals will include the following:

 

  • Emphasize knowledge of a lifetime of healthy lifestyles
  • Be consistent with state and national standards/guidelines/framework for education
  • Devote at least 75% of the class time to actual activity, with as much time as possible for moderate to vigorous activity
  • Provide many different activity choices
  • Feature cooperative as well as competitive activity choices
  • Actively teach cooperation, fair play, and responsible participation in activities
  • Promote physical activity outside of school (at least one hour a day)
  • Focus, at the high school level, on helping students make the transition to an active adult lifestyle.

 

5.         OTHER SCHOOL-BASED ACTIVITIES - INTERSCHOLASTIC ATHLETICS

 

Cheswick Christian Academy shall offer interscholastic athletic programs that adhere to the rules and regulations of approved state or local leagues, associations, or conferences.  The goals of the Cheswick Christian Academy’s athletic program shall include the following:

 

  • All coaches whether volunteer or paid by the school shall comply with policy regulations, and enforcement measures.
  • Administrators, coaches, and other staff, shall model good sportsmanlike conduct and behavior.  Student athletes shall be taught good sportsmanship, courtesy, and respect and shall be held accountable for their actions.
  • REQUIRED RECORDS - Parents or legal guardians of students choosing to participate in intramural or interscholastic athletics must provide the following:
    • A statement signed by the parent/guardian granting permission for the student to participate.
    • Emergency contact information for the student, including evidence of insurance and name of health care provider.
    • A physical examination, current within 9 months prior to the 1st day of the school year and signed by a licensed physician, stating the student is fit to participate in physical activities.
    • A release signed by the parent/guardian that absolves the school and coaches from liability for injuries that may result from participation in school sponsored physical activities.
  • C.C.A. will establish reasonable fees for interscholastic athletic programs.
  • All intramural and athletic programs shall be supervised by qualified staff who shall be able to address sport-related injuries.
  • VOLUNTEER ATHLETIC AIDES - Family members and other adult volunteers are encouraged to become involved with interscholastic athletics. Volunteers shall receive orientation about relevant policy, procedures, and standards of conduct and will be subject to background or reference checks.

 

6.         OTHER SCHOOL-BASED ACTIVITIES - RECESS AND COMMUNITY

 

    • RECESS IN ELEMENTARY SCHOOL - Recess provides opportunities for physical activities, which helps students stay alert and attentive in class.  Recess shall complement, not substitute for, physical education classes.  Alternatives to eliminating recess as a form of punishment shall be encouraged.  Cheswick Christian Academy will provide the following for grades K-6:
      • Recess time every day
      • Playgrounds and equipment available for free play

 

    • SCHOOL/COMMUNITY COLLABORATION - Cheswick Christian Academy shall make community opportunities available to students and parents/guardians for physical activities available after school.  (ex. Bouquet Pool, Penn State’s College for Kids, etc.)

 

7.         OTHER FOOD CHOICES AT SCHOOL (Fundraisers, Classroom Parties, Rewards, Student Stores, and Faculty Lounges)

 

    • FUNDRAISERS - As a general rule, Cheswick Christian Academy does not participate in any full-school fundraisers other than Market Day, which occurs after school hours.  Any internal group sponsoring a during-the-school-day fundraiser shall not sell food or beverages on school property during the school day unless it meets Smart Snacks in School nutrition standards as outlined in this policy.

 

    • CLASSROOM PARTIES - Since most food is contributed by parents, teachers will encourage minimal amount of foods (maximum 2-3 items) that contain added sugar (corn sweetener, high fructose corn syrup, etc.) as the first ingredient be provided and will encourage the following:

 

      • Fresh fruits and vegetables.
      • Water, 100% fruit juice or milk.

 

In addition, food and beverage choices should:

 

o   Be moderate in sodium content

o   Provide zero trans fatty acids

o   Provide items that contain >2 grams of fiber/serving

o   Offer fresh fruits and vegetables

o   Offer water, 100% fruit juice or milk as the beverage choices

o   Not offer high sugar items including soda pop, water ices, chewing gum, hard candy, jellies and gums, marshmallow candies, fondant, licorice, spun candy, and candy-coated popcorn.  (If donated by parent(s), teacher shall decline them by sending them back home with an explanation.  If it happens repeatedly (3 X in a school year), contact either by a letter, phone call, or in person will be made explaining why the food is not a good choice for a classroom party.)

 

    • USING FOOD AS REWARDS - Food will not be used as a reward for classroom or school activities unless the reward is an activity that promotes a positive nutrition message (i.e., guest chef, field trip to a farm or farmer’s market, etc.)

 

    • STUDENT STORES - The elementary student store will offer no foods or beverages.

 

    • FACULTY LOUNGES - Faculty is encouraged to set the example for students.  Students are not likely to believe that nutrition policies are beneficial if they see faculty consuming foods and beverages that do not align with the school policy.

 

8.         SAFETY GUIDELINES

 

    • RESPONSIBILITY FOR SAFETY - Minimizing injuries and illness related to physical activity is the joint responsibility of all staff, coaches, and volunteers.  C.C.A.’s rules and provisions concerning safety, first aid, and the reporting and documentation of injuries to families are included in the Employee Procedure Manual.

 

    • SUBSTANCE USE - School staff, coaches, and volunteers shall never condone, and must actively discourage, any illegal use of drugs.  School staff, coaches, and volunteers shall encourage students to practice healthy weight management techniques and abstain from using tobacco, alcohol, and other drugs.

 

9.         SCHOOL WELLNESS COMMITTEE

 

·        COMMITTEE ROLE

 

The school will convene a representative district wellness committee that meets at least four times per year to establish goals for and oversee school health and safety policies and programs, including development, implementation and periodic review and update of this wellness policy.  The Committee membership will represent all school levels (elementary and secondary schools) and include (to the extent possible), but not be limited to: parents and caregivers; students; representatives of the school nutrition program (e.g., school nutrition director); physical education teachers; school administrators (e.g principal, vice principal), health professionals (e.g., dietitians, doctors, nurses, dentists); and the general public. When possible, membership will also include Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Education coordinators (SNAP-EDEDSNAP-Ed). To the extent possible, the Committee will reflect the diversity of the community.

 

·        LEADERSHIP

 

The Coordinator will convene the Committee and facilitate development of and updates to the wellness policy, and will ensure the school’s compliance with the policy.  The Coordinator will update the policy annually before each school year and notification will be made in the announcement section of our website.

 

  • WELLNESS POLICY COMMITTEE:

Patty Buirge, Food Service Coordinator – buirge@gmail.com

Rosetta Johnson, Teacher – office@cheswickchristian.com

Star Laliberte, Office Personnel – office@cheswickchristian.com

Todd Rosio, Principal, Chief Administrator Food Service – office@cheswickchristian.com

Kim Thomas, Food Service Director -  kthomas@nanotechpa.com

Clinton Blazevich, Phys. Ed. Instructor – office@cheswickchristian.com

·        ASSESSMENT

   At least once every three years, School will evaluate compliance with the wellness policy to assess the implementation of the policy and include:

 

·        The extent to which schools under the jurisdiction of the School are in compliance with the wellness policy;

·        The extent to which the School’s wellness policy compares to the Alliance for a Healthier Generation’s model wellness policy; and

·        A description of the progress made in attaining the goals of the School’s wellness policy.

 

The position/person responsible for managing the triennial assessment and contact information is Patty Buirge, Food Service Coordinator, buirge@gmail.com. The committee will monitor school’s compliance with this wellness policy.

The school will actively notify households/families of the availability of the triennial progress report via the website.

 


    The latest Wellness Assessment Results can be found here.