School Wellness Policy

The federal government requires Local Education Agencies (LEAs) participating in the National School Lunch Program and/or School Breakfast Program to have a wellness policy. As part of the Healthy Hungry Free Kids Act of 2010, LEAs were required to update and expand their wellness policies by June 30, 2017 to include new provisions in implementation, assessment, and public reporting. To date, many Maryland school systems have been recognized as national leaders in wellness policy development, implementation, and assessment.



Wellness Policy Resources

United States Department of Agriculture Summary of the Final Wellness Policy Rule

New requirements for school wellness policies were effective June 30, 2017. Read more about the final wellness policy rule requirements here.

Maryland School Wellness Scorecard

This scorecard is a school-level tool designed to assess and prioritize practices that promote nutrition and physical activity in schools.

Version 1: Low resolution, interactive PDF. 
Version 2: High resolution, 8.5 x 11”
Version 3: High resolution, 11 x 17”       


Maryland Wellness Policies and Practices Project Reports

These reports provide information on the implementation of school wellness policies and practices in Maryland. Click the following link to learn more about project and reports.

Wellness Policy Videos

These videos were designed to support Maryland’s Residential Child Care Institutions and Non-Profit Private Schools in wellness policy development, implementation, and assessment.

Video 1: Getting Started on Implementing the 2017 Wellness Policy Final Rule


Overview: Building a robust team of stakeholders is a critical step in the wellness policy process. This video identifies strategies for gaining participation and leadership in each step of wellness policy development, implementation and review.

 


Interested in earning professional standard hours? Complete the post assessment survey for this video and a certificate will be provided to you.  Wellness Policy Video #1 Attendee Survey


Video 2: Writing your Wellness Policy


Overview: Time to write your wellness policy. Ensure your policy includes all required components and can easily be measured. Find out more details about how to integrate new requirements while creating a policy that works for your school community.

 


Interested in earning professional standard hours? Complete the post assessment survey for this video and a certificate will be provided to you. Wellness Policy Webinar #2 Attendee Survey


Other Wellness Policy Resources:

1.    Making Wellness Work: A Guide to Implementing and Monitoring Wellness Policies in Maryland

2.    A Guide for School Level Implementation of Wellness Policies and Practices