Nutrition and Wellness Programs
Local School Wellness Policy Information
Illinois School Wellness Policy (P.A. 94-0199)
- School Wellness Policy Task Force Members
- Report on Barriers to Implementing School Wellness Policies and Recommendations to Reduce Those Barriers (January, 2006)
- Report on Recommendations for Statewide School Nutrition Standards (January, 2007)
- Report on the Evaluation of Six School Districts on the Effectiveness of School Wellness Policies (January 2008)
- Food and Nutrition Service (FNS), with input from Centers for Disease Control (CDC), and US Departments of Education (ED), have written a 5-Year Technical Assistance and Guidance Plan. This plan includes updates based on the findings of the needs assessment activities that informed its development, as well as a progress report on the workgroup's technical assistance activities.
Local Wellness Policy Success Stories
- Share Your Wellness Policy Success Stories!
ISBE is looking for effective strategies that Illinois schools are using to implement and evaluate their wellness policies. Please help us by submitting your success story. Complete the simple submission form and email the form to firstname.lastname@example.org or fax it to Nutrition Programs at (217) 524-6124.
- Section 204 of the Child Nutrition and WIC Reauthorization Act of 2004 requires each local educational agency participating in a program authorized by the Richard B. Russell National School Lunch Act (42 U.S.C. 1751 et seq) or the Child Nutrition Act of 1966 (42 U.S.C. 1771 et seq) to establish a local school wellness policy by School Year 2006.
- Section 209 of the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 adds the following requirements:
- Team of collaborators’ purpose is expanded beyond the development of a local wellness policy to include the implementation of periodic review and updates.
- LEAs are to permit physical education teachers and school health professionals on the team of collaborators to develop and review local wellness policy.
- LEAs are to inform and update the public (including parents, students, and others in the community) about the content and implementation of the local wellness policies. LEAS are also required to make available to the public an assessment of the local wellness policy including:
Acceptable methods for informing and updating the public may include dissemination of printed or electronic materials to families of school children and other members of the community at the beginning of the school year and/or posting on the district or school website. Whatever method is chosen, the information must be made available to the public by LEAs in an accessible, easily understood manner.
Wellness Policy and Nutrition Related Websites
- Action for Healthy Kids (AFHK)
- Food and Nutrition Service (FNS)
- Illinois School Nutrition Association (ILSNA)
- Institute of Child Nutrition (Formerly National Food Service Management Institute NFSMI)
- School Health Index, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
- School Nutrition Association (SNA)
- USDA Team Nutrition
- Wellness Policy Builder, Kansas State Department of Education
- Wellness School Assessment Tool (WellSAT)