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Wellness Policy

What is a Wellness Policy?

A  Wellness Policy is an integrated school, parent, and community approach for enhancing the health and well-being of students. School health advisory councils, coalitions, and broadly based constituencies for school health help build support for school health program efforts. Schools actively solicit parent involvement and engage community resources and services to respond more effectively to the health-related needs of students.

Want to be involved in helping develop the School System’s Wellness Policy?  Well we would welcome your help!  You can either, contact your school and ask to speak to a member of the Wellness Committee, or you can contact the Wellness Dietitian at the District Level who is in charge of Wellness (Allison Lairscy - alairscy@burke.12.ga.us -706-554-2306). Allison Lairscy reviews the Wellness Policy every three years to update it as necessary. Then ask them if you can be a part of the process in developing the local school wellness policy!
She gets representatives from each school to help review the policy and update it and then present it to the Board of Education for approval.  We always love to include parents, community members, teachers, administration, School Nutrition staff, nurses, physical education staff and any other stakeholders who would like to be a part of the process.  
 
Nutrition education -  
1. The wellness RD will conduct at least 5 Charlie Cart sessions at each school during the 2019-2020 school year.
2. Each Tower Garden will harvest and conduct a class taste test at least twice during the 2019-2020 school year and regularly incorporate nutrition education into Tower Garden interactions.  
 
Nutrition promotion- 
1. One bulletin board in each school cafeteria will be updated with nutrition promotional materials at least once per year.  
2. The Mealviewer TV screens located in/near each school cafeteria will be utilized on a daily basis to promote local fruits and vegetables served at school and general consumption of healthy foods in a way that is appealing to students.    
 
Physical activity - 
1. At least one school-wide wellness initiative will be offered at elementary schools this year that utilizes physical activity-based incentives.  
2. All middle school students will increase physical activity throughout the day with implementation of school-wide brain breaks, incentivized by monthly raffle prizes for brain break participation.
 
School-based activities - 
1. At least one handout will be provided to all teachers to encourage non-food based classroom incentives. 
2. At least one handout will be provided to all parents each year providing examples of health swaps.
3. Elementary school students will be offered to participate in Screen Free week at least once per year with a physical-activity based reward. 
4. Teachers will be offered to participate in Biggest Stepper Challenge to increase daily physical activity.  
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