CSS Health Office
LOGAN TOWNSHIP BOARD OF EDUCATION
LOGAN TOWNSHIP, NEW JERSEY
FILE CODE: 3542.1
WELLNESS AND NUTRITION
The Board of Education believes that children need access to healthful foods and opportunities to be physically active in order to grow, learn, and thrive, and that good health fosters student attendance and education.
Obesity rates have doubled in children and tripled in adolescents over the last two decades, and physical inactivity and excessive caloric intake are the predominant causes of obesity. Heart disease, cancer, stroke, and diabetes are responsible for two-thirds of deaths in the United States, and major risk factors for those diseases, including unhealthy eating habits, physical inactivity, and obesity, often are established in childhood. Further, the items most commonly sold from school vending machines, school stores, and snack bar include low-nutrition foods and beverages, such as soda, sports drinks, imitation fruit juices, chips, candy, cookies, and snack cakes.
Therefore, the board is committed to providing school environments that promote and protect children’s health,well-being, and ability to learn by supporting healthy eating and physical activity, and will ensure that:
A. All students will have opportunities, support, and encouragement to be physically active on a regular basis;
B. Foods and beverages sold or served at school will meet the nutrition recommendations of the U.S. Dietary Guidelines for Americans, and the U.S.D.A.Nutrition Standards for National School Lunch, School Breakfast and/or After-School Snack programs;
C. Qualified child nutrition professionals will provide students with access to a variety of affordable, nutritious, and appealing foods that meet the health and nutrition needs of students; will accommodate the religious, ethnic, and cultural diversity of the student in meal planning; and will provide clean, safe, and pleasant settings and adequate time for students to eat.
D. All schools will participate in available Federal school meal programs.
E. Schools will provide nutrition education and physical education to foster lifelong habits of healthy eating and physical activity, and will establish linkages between the health education and school meal programs, and with related community services.
All reimbursable meals shall meet Federal nutrient standards as required by the U.S. Department of Agriculture Child Nutrition Program regulations.
The following items may not be served, sold, or given out as free promotion anywhere on school property at any time before the end of the school day.
A. Foods of minimal nutritional value (F.M.N.V.) as outlined by the U.S. Department of Agriculture regulations;
B. All food and beverage items listing sugar, in any form, as the first ingredient; and
C. All forms of candy.
Schools shall reduce the purchase of any products containing trans fats.
All snack and beverage items sold or served anywhere on school property during the school day, including items sold in a la carte lines, vending machines, snack bars, school stores, and fundraisers or served in the reimbursable After-School Snack program, shall meet the following standards:
A. Based on manufacturer’s nutritional data or nutrient facts labels:
1. No more than eight grams of total fat per serving, with the exception of nuts and seeds;
2. No more than two grams of saturated fat per serving.
B. All beverages shall not exceed 12 ounces, with the following exceptions;
2. Milk containing two percent or less of fat.
C. Whole milk shall not exceed eight ounces.
At the elementary level, 100 percent of all beverages offered shall be milk, water, or 100 percent fruit or vegetable juices.
At the middle school level:
A. At least 60 percent of all beverages offered, other than milk or water, shall be 100 percent fruit or vegatable juices.
B. No more than 40 percent of all ice cream/frozen desserts shall be allowed to exceed the above standards for fruit, fat, and saturated fat.
Food and beverages served during school celebrations or during curriculum-related activities are encouraged to follow this policy. Foods of minimal nutritional value as defined by U.S.D.A., including soda, water ice, chewing gum, hard candies, licorice, spun candy or candy coated popcorn, shall not be served even during school celebrations.
This policy does not apply to: medically-authorized special needs diets pursuant to Federal regulations; school nurses using F.M.N.V.s during the course of providing health care to individual students; or special-needs students whose Individual Education Plan (I.E.P.) indicates their use for behavior modification.
Adequate time should be allowed for student meal service and consumption. Schools shall provide a pleasant dining environment.
The district’s curriculum shall incorporate nutrition education and physical activity consistent with the New Jersey Department of Education Core Curriculum Content Standards.
The board is committed to promoting the nutrition policy with all food service personnel, teachers, nurses, coaches and other school administrative staff so they have the skills they need to implement this policy and promote healthy eating practices. The board will work toward expanding awareness about this policy among students, parents, teachers and the community at large.
Board Approval: August 22, 2006
Last Modified on October 16, 2009