Nutrition and Wellness Programs

Local School Wellness Policy Information

Illinois School Wellness Policy (P.A. 94-0199)

 Local School Wellness Policies 5-Year Technical Assistance and Guidance Plan

  • 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

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Local Wellness Policy Template


  • 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:
  • The extent to which schools are in compliance with the local wellness policy;
  • The extent to which the LEA’s local wellness policy compares to model local school wellness policies; and
  • The progress made in attaining the goals of the local wellness policy.
  • 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.

State Goal on Wellness Policies

Wellness Policy and Nutrition Related Websites