Background Information

Wellness Policy Steps

The first step in developing a local school wellness policy is to figure out what you need to do, why, and how.



Proposed Rule: Local School Wellness Policy

USDA. FNS.

Check out this webpage for a copy of the proposed rule (published 2/26/14), a short summary of the proposed rule, and a direct link to comment on the rule by April 28, 2014.


Local Wellness Policy Overview

USDA. FNS. Team Nutrition.


Requirements

USDA. FNS. Team Nutrition.


Overview and Action Steps (PDF | 130 KB)

USDA. FNS. Team Nutrition.


Local School Wellness Policy

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.


Local School Wellness Policies: Where Do They Stand and What Can You Do? (PDF | 741 KB)

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Bridging the Gap.

This research brief provides an overview of wellness policies across school districts nationwide. Use this brief to identify areas of opportunity within your school to strengthen various wellness policy components.


School District Wellness Policies: Where do they Stand and What do you Need to Know? (PDF | 2.8 MB)

CDC.

Stakeholders can use this presentation to present research findings, recommendations, and resources from the Local School Wellness Policy Briefs developed by the CDC, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and Bridging the Gap.


Strategies for Creating Supportive School Nutrition Environments (PDF | 660 KB)

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Bridging the Gap.

This research brief provides an overview of steps school districts nationwide have taken to create supportive nutrition environments through policy change. Get ideas for your own school here.


Methods Document for the CDC and Bridging the Gap Local School Wellness Policy Briefs

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Bridging the Gap Research Program.

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation-funded Bridging the Gap (BTG) program at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) has been conducting the largest, ongoing evaluation of the strength, comprehensiveness, and content of the congressionally mandated district wellness policies and all associated state codified statutory and administrative laws. BTG’s wellness policy work is nationally recognized as the primary source of information on the current status of and trends in wellness policy progress. This brief describes the methods used for researching and developing wellness policies.