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Why Wellness?

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Class party ideas using non-food rewards:

Looking for ways to reward your kid at home? Here are some non-food rewards: 


Smart Snacks in School:

We are focused on the health of our school environment. Our school district has established nutrition standards for all snacks sold in school by any entity, including parent/student organizations, teachers, boosters, fundraisers, or the food and nutrition services department. These standards for snack sales are in effect from any time before school through 1/2 hour after school, in accordance with the Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act, the USDA and our district Wellness Policy. Non-compliant foods may be sold from 1/2 hour after school through the end of the day. These standards carefully balance science-based nutrition guidelines with practical and flexible solutions to promote healthier eating on campus.

Kids often need snacks to help them get enough calories (ENERGY) throughout the day. Choosing healthy snacks that add nutrients, like vitamins and minerals, to their diets is essential. Smart snacking is a great way to meet daily nutrient requirements that may be missed at meal times.

Students in our district are offered healthier school meals with more fruits, vegetables and whole grains through the National School Lunch and Breakfast Program. The Smart Snacks in School standards published by the USDA will build on those healthy advancements by ensuring that all other snack foods and beverages available for sale to students in school are tasty and nutritious.

                     

Check your snack's nutritional compliance here!

List of Approved snacks -- English -- Spanish


Healthy Classroom Celebrations:

Classrooms have many celebrations throughout the year from birthday celebrations to holiday parties. With these celebrations, often comes unhealthy food, which can contribute to unhealthy eating patterns. Check out this infographic, Food at School Parties, to better understand the impact of what one year of food at school parties can have on a child. However, with the help from teachers, parents, and school staff the focus can be shifted from unhealthy food to healthy fun. Check out this flier for ideas on healthy school celebrations .


Nutrition Standards for Foods:

Any food sold in school must:

  • 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; or
  • Contain 10% of the Daily Value (DV) of one of the nutrients of public health concern in the 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans (calcium, potassium, vitamin D, or dietary fiber)

Foods must also meet several nutrient requirements:

Calorie limits

  • Snack items - Elementary Schools: ≤ 175 calories
  • Snack items - Middle & High Schools: ≤ 200 calories
  • Entrée items: ≤ 350 calories

Sodium limits

  • Snack items: ≤ 200 mg
  • Entrée items: ≤ 480 mg

Fat limits

  • Total fat: ≤ 35% of calories
  • Saturated fat: ≤ 10% of calories
  • Trans fat: zero grams

Sugar limit ≤ 35% of weight from total sugars in foods

Accompaniments

Accompaniments such as cream cheese, salad dressing and butter must be included in the nutrient profile as part of the food item sold. This helps control the amount of calories, fat, sugar and sodium added to foods.


Nutrient Standards for Beverages:

All schools may sell:

  • Plain water (with or without carbonation)
  • Unflavored low fat milk
  • Unflavored or flavored fat free milk and milk alternatives permitted by NSLP/SBP
  • 100% fruit or vegetable juice, and 100% fruit or vegetable juice diluted with water (with or without carbonation) and no added sweeteners

Elementary schools may sell up to 8-ounce portions, while middle and high schools may sell up to 12-ounce portions of milk and juice. There is no portion size limit for plain water.

Beyond this, the standards allow additional “no calorie” and “lower calorie” beverage options for high school students.

  • No more than 20-ounce portions of calorie-free, flavored water (with or without carbonation); and other flavored and/or carbonated beverages that are labeled to contain < 5 calories per 8 fluid ounces or ≤ 10 calories per 20 fluid ounces.
  • No more than 12-ounce portions of beverage with ≤ 40 calories per 8 fluid ounces, or ≤ 60 calories per 12 fluid ounces. Healthy Fundraisers
  • Food items that meet nutrition standards are not limited
  • The standards do not apply during non-school hours, on weekends and at off-campus fundraising events
  • The standards provide a special exemption for infrequent fundraisers that do not meet the nutrition standards. Each State agency is responsible for establishing the number of exempt fundraisers that may be held in schools each year.

Other Wellness Information Resources:


Food Allergy Information:

Our school district participates in a federally funded Child Nutrition Program to provide modified meals for students who have physical or mental disabilities or special dietary needs. This policy is in accordance with a federal mandate to include all students in the school nutrition programs (Child Nutrition and Food Distribution Division Management Bulletin No. 95-111 and No. 00-801)

Individual food items are not banned from our menus. We believe that banning foods would be counter-productive and not in the best interest of all students at a specific school site. Program regulations provide for a food substitution based on child-specific dietary needs. A concerted effort will be made to meet the nutritional needs and/or disability limitations of each student

If you have a food allergy and are requesting a food accommodation, these are the steps that need to be taken

  • Notify the foodservice department of any food allergy, disability, or special dietary need
  • Provide medical certification approved by a recognized medical authority (RMA) authorized to practice within the State of California.
  • Update the medical certification on an annual basis.
  • Participate in any meetings or discussions regarding the student’s meal plan.
  • Notify the school of any changes relating to the food allergy or special dietary need.

If you are requesting a meal accommodation or substitution, please ask your physician to fill out and sign the form below. If you have any questions, contact the Food Services Supervisor at 805-596-4064.

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