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ElmoreCountyBoard of Education Wellness Policy
The Elmore County Board of Education is committed to providing a school environment that enhances learning and development of lifelong wellness practices. To comply with this policy, the Elmore County Board of Education adopts the following goals:
ElmoreCounty’s Child Nutrition Program complies with federal, state, and local requirements. The Elmore County Child Nutrition Program is accessible to all students.
All ElmoreCountyschool-based activities are consistent with the Elmore County Dietary Guidelines.
Elmore County Schools will provide nutrition education that is appropriate for students and reflects students’ cultures. Nutrition education will be integrated into students’ curriculum to teach and foster life-long healthy eating.
ElmoreCountywill provide opportunities for students to develop the knowledge and skills for specific physical activities, to maintain physical fitness, to ensure students’ regular participation in physical activity, and to teach short- and long-term benefits of a physically active and healthful lifestyle.
All foods and beverages provided to students during the school day will be consistent with the Current Dietary Guidelines forAmerica. *SeeElmoreCountyDietary Guidelines.
All foods made available on campus will adhere to food safety and security guidelines.
ElmoreCountywill provide a safe, comfortable, pleasing school environment that allows ample time and space for eating meals. Food and/or physical activity will not be used as a reward or punishment.
The local education agency will designate two persons with the responsibility for ensuring that schools meet the local wellness guidelines.
SOURCE: ElmoreCountyBoard of Education,Wetumpka,AL
ADOPTED: January 23, 2006
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Elmore County Dietary Guidelines
Students’ lifelong eating habits are greatly influenced by the types of foods and beverages made available in their daily environment. Elmore County Schools have establish the following guidelines for all foods and beverages sold or served to students during the school day (School day is defined as the time a student arrives on a campus until the end of the last scheduled class.):
1. Beverages in All Schools
Elementary Schools: An Elementary School is defined as a school where the majority of students are in grades Pre-K through 5. No carbonated soft drinks shall be available for sale to students at any time during the school day. No item considered to be in the category of carbonated soft drinks may be provided free of charge to students. No food or beverage item that has high fructose corn syrup or sugar listed as the first ingredient may be made available during the school day. No vending machine display front may display any product that is not water or 100% fruit juice. Items that may be sold include non-carbonated flavored and unflavored water, 100% fruit juices up to 8 ounces with no sweeteners (up to 120 calories), milk up to 8 ounces of low fat, nonfat, flavored (up to 150 calories). No sales of any food or beverage items may occur during meal service times.
Middle Schools: A Middle School is defined as a school where the majority of the students are in grades 6 through 8. The selections available in vending machines or for sale in school stores are to be non-carbonated flavored or unflavored water, 100% fruit juices up to 10 ounces with no added sweeteners and up to 150 calories (120 calories per 8 ounces) or milk up to 10 ounces(low fat, nonfat, flavored) up to 187 calories (150 calories per 8 ounces).No carbonated soft drinksshall be available for sale to students at any time during the school day. No item considered to be in the category of carbonated soft drinks may be provided free of charge to students. No food or beverage item that has high fructose corn syrup or sugar listed as the first ingredient may be available for sale during the school day. No sales of any food or beverage items may occur during meal service times. No vending machine display front may display any product that is not water or fruit juice.
High Schools: A High School is defined as a school where the majority of the students are in grades 9 through 12. At a minimum 50% of the selections available in vending machines or for sale in school stores are to be non-carbonated flavored or unflavored water. The remaining 50% may include fruit juices up to 12 ounces, 100%juice with no added sweeteners up to 180 calories (120 calories per 8 ounces), milk up to 12 ounces-- low fat, nonfat, flavored [up to 270 calories (180 calories per 8 ounces)], no calories/low calorie beverages up to 12 ounces not to exceed 10 calories per 8 ounce), tea up to 12 ounces [not to exceed 99 calories (66 calories per 8 ounces)], or sports drinks up to 20 ounces [not to exceed 165 calories (66 calories per 8 ounces)]. No food or beverage item that has high fructose corn syrup or sugar listed as the first ingredient may be available for sale during the school day. No carbonated beverages of any kind or other competing food/beverages sales are to be available to students during meal service times. All vending machine fronts in high schools other than those located in athletic spectator settings will be only water and juice products.
2. Foods of Minimal Nutritional Value in All Schools
In addition to the restrictions regarding the sale of carbonated beverages listed above, no one on the school campus may provide access to “for sale” or “free” foods and beverages of minimal nutritional value as identified under USDA regulations 7CFR 210 Appendix B, Categories of Foods of Minimal Nutritional Value until after the end of the last scheduled class. These classifications are as follows:
Water ices, including frozen popsicles, ices and slushes, except those containing 100% fruit juice.
Chewing gum, flavored or unflavored from natural or synthetic sources
Certain candies, processed predominately from sugar or corn syrup sweeteners or artificial sweeteners combined with a variety of ingredients including but not limited to:
Hard candies, sour balls, fruit balls, candy sticks, starlight mints, after dinner mints, sugar wafers, rock candy, cinnamon candies, breath mints, and cough drops
Jellies and gums, such as gum drops, jelly beans, jellied and flavored fruit slices
Marshmallow candies or other aerated sugar, corn syrup, or invert sugar confections
Fondants, such as candy corn, and soft mints
Spun candy, cotton candy
Candy coated popcorn
School Nurses: This policy does not apply to school nurses using FMNVs or candy during the course of providing health care to individual students.
Celebrations: Class celebrations should follow the celebration/party guidelines set previously. Each celebration should include no more than one food or beverage that does not meet the nutrition standards for foods and beverages.
These guidelines do not restrict what parents may provide for their own child’s lunch or snack. However, no fast foods may be brought into the school cafeteria with competitive wrapping. A school may adopt a more restrictive rule, however, as a local policy.
3. Food Items Sold Through Vending Machines and School Stores in All Schools
Every school shall review its offerings of foods in vending machines and school stores and develop a plan for phasing out low nutritive foods. All schools shall develop a plan to replace those foods with high nutritive foods. Each school should develop a plan with the guidance of the local superintendent or his/her designee that allows for input by students, teachers, and parents. Foods and beverages approved by the local committee shall not be in conflict with the state board policies. The guidelines for foods sold in vending machines and school stores are listed below.
Snack items sold or provided are to follow the guidelines listed below: (per each 1 oz serving)
Less than 30 grams carbohydrate
Less than 360 milligrams sodium
Less than 10% daily value of fat
Contain at least 5% (and preferably 10%) daily value of Vitamin A, C, iron, calcium, or fiber
Additionally, the portion sizes shall follow these requirements.
Chips, 1.25 oz maximum, baked or containing no more than 3 to 7.5 grams of fat per bag. This includes crackers, popcorn, trail mix, nuts, seeds dried fruit, and pretzels.
Cookies/cereal bars, 1.3 oz maximum
Pastries and muffins, 2 oz maximum
Frozen dairy desserts, low fat ice cream, puddings, jellied fruit bowls, 4 oz maximum
Yogurt, (low fat) less than 30 grams total carbohydrate, 8 oz maximum
Milk, reduced fat, 1% or less, flavored and unflavored. Flavored milk to contain no more that 30 grams sugar, 8 oz maximum
All beverages, other than water, to include milk, sports drinks, 100% fruit juice, and tea must meet size restriction standards set forth in this policy for each grade level.
4. Food Sold/Served in the Cafeteria
Serving sizes will comply with the meal pattern requirements as described by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) regulations. Foods served and /or sold through the cafeteria shall adhere to the guidelines established by USDA and published in the School Meals Initiative (SMI) for Healthy Children, 1995 guidance.
5. School Fundraisers in All Schools
All fundraising activities that involve the selling of food during school hours or as students gather on the school campus before school begins or as students wait on transportation or otherwise exit the school campus following school dismissal should reinforce food choices that promote good health. Sales during school hours shall not include those foods listed above as Foods of Minimal Nutritional Value or exceed those portion sizes identified as allowable. This also means that all events outside the school day are not affected by this requirement and that booster clubs, etc., are free to select items for sale for specific fundraising and concession sales as long as the activity does not conflict with this position.