Development and Implementation


Explore these resources when preparing to draft your local school wellness policy, and revisit them when putting the policy to action.

Model Local School Wellness Policy (DOC | 164 KB)

Alliance for a Healthier Generation.

This Model Local School Wellness Policy has been thoroughly reviewed by the USDA, Food and Nutrition Service and is in compliance with the statutory requirements for local school wellness policies, as per the proposed regulation, “Local School Wellness Policy Implementation Under the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010.” This model wellness policy can be used by local educational agencies to help create their local school wellness policy and meet the minimum Federal standards for local school wellness policy implementation.

State School Healthy Policy Database

National Association of State Boards of Education

The NASBE State School Health Policy Database is a comprehensive set of laws and policies from 50 states on more than 40 school health topics. The database contains brief descriptions of laws, legal codes, rules, regulations, administrative orders, mandates, standards, resolutions, and other written means of exercising authority, as well as guidance documents and other non-binding materials that provide a more detailed picture of a state's school health policies and activities.

Local School Wellness Policy Requirements

USDA. FNS. Team Nutrition.

Coordinated School Health

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Adolescent and School Health

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Make a Difference at Your School (PDF | 1.7 MB)

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Highlights CDC and partner resources to help you implement strategies to prevent obesity among children and adolescents. Follow these 10 strategies to help your school prevent obesity by promoting physical activity and healthy eating.

Wellness Policy Tool

Action for Healthy Kids.

This tool is intended to help anyone involved in developing, implementing, and evaluating wellness policies by providing practical guidance and how-to information about the wellness policy process.

Policy in Action: A Guide to Implementing Your Local School Wellness Policy

California Project LEAN.

This user-friendly guide is designed to serve as a road map for implementing school nutrition and physical activity policies, including local wellness policies. The guide includes helpful hand-outs to develop your plan of action for implementing your policy.

School Food and Physical Activity Environment Fact Sheets

California Project LEAN.

These fact sheets will provide you with an overview of school food and physical activity policy challenges and opportunities, such as classroom messages, marketing in schools, fundraising in school, and the school environment.

Healthy Schools Program

Alliance for a Healthier Generation.

Policy and Systems Tool Kit

Alliance for a Healthier Generation.

Fit, Healthy, and Ready to Learn: Nutrition and Physical Activity

National Association of State Boards of Education

There are three guides that contain recent scientific data, analysis, examples of state and local best practices, and evidence-based model policies that can be adapted by schools, districts, and states. The guides also cover a wide array of topics related to nutrition and physical activity.