WELLNESS IS IMPORTANT
TES works very hard with all of the ConVal schools to meet the new mandates of the Wellness Policy.
We have increased physical activity time for students as well as celebrate wellness in a number of ways throughout the year. Each morning when students arrive at school, they participate in our daily wellness walk and talk. They start their day with a ten minute walk around the gym before entering their classrooms ready and eager to learn.
While we still have a way to go, we appreciate all efforts by students, parents, teachers, and community in helping us to reach our wellness goals.
When we began this journey several years ago, we gradually moved away from celebrations in school where food was a focus and moved toward other whole school events such as Halloween Hikes, Treats for the Troups events, Holiday Craft Make and Takes, and more to celebrate those special seasonal times. Now, we will be asking parents to join us in making every effort to follow these new wellness guidelines by not sending in foods for birthday celebrations as well. We will work to celebrate your child’s big day with some special classroom privileges and if you want to send in a book for the class or some pencils or a new jump rope or ball for outside recess, even better. This will help us follow our new guidelines in a way that models some wellness options for your children.
In the Child Nutrition and WIC Reauthorization Act of 2004, the U.S. Congress established a new requirement that all school districts with a federally-funded school meals program develop and implement wellness policies that address nutrition and physical activity by the start of the 2006-2007 school year [Section 204]. In response to requests for guidance on developing such policies, the National Alliance for Nutrition and Activity (NANA, www.nanacoalition.org) convened a work group of more than 50 health, physical activity, nutrition, and education professionals from a variety of national and state organizations to develop a set of model policies for local school districts.