Sample Model Wellness Policies

Policy Continuum for Comprehensive School Physical Activity Programs (PDF | 377 KB)

American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance.

This resource can be used when creating wellness policies and goals on physical activity in school. The continuum shows policies from basic to very strong, and includes options for monitoring accountability.


Yale Rudd Center Model District School Wellness Policy (PDF | 101 KB)

Yale Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity.

Sample Model Wellness Policy language from which other school districts can get ideas and tailor to their own district.


District Policy Establishing a Healthy Vending Program

National Policy & Legal Analysis Network to Prevent Childhood Obesity.

This Web page includes information to help a school district create a healthy vending program that fits within any established wellness policy by making sure products sold meet the wellness policy’s nutrition standards. Resources include sample district policy language, a model healthy beverage vending agreement, and a fact sheet outlining key considerations before entering into an agreement.


District Policy Restricting Food and Beverage Advertising on School Grounds

National Policy & Legal Analysis Network to Prevent Childhood Obesity.

This Web page includes information to help a school district create and maintain a learning environment that minimizes commercial distractions. Resources include sample district policy language for food and beverage advertising, as well as related fact sheets.


Energize Your Day with School Breakfast! Toolkit: School Wellness Policy Resources

USDA. Food and Nutrition Service.

This module of the tool kit includes materials that describe how the wellness policy can work for your breakfast program with specific policy questions and suggestions, as well as a resource document from Team Nutrition that describes (free!) additional materials you can use to promote your program. This module is a small part of the School Breakfast Toolkit.


Water Access in Schools – Model Wellness Policy Language

National Policy & Legal Analysis Network to Prevent Childhood Obesity.

This Web page includes information to help a school district meet the federal requirement to make fresh drinking water available during mealtimes in school food service areas at no cost to students. Resources include sample district policy language for water access; examples of how schools across the country have partnered with other agencies and private companies to fund drinking water programs; and a fact sheet offering strategies for schools and guidance for parents, teachers, and community members to get involved.


Model Statute Limiting Food Marketing at Schools

National Policy & Legal Analysis Network to Prevent Childhood Obesity

This model statute is designed to be tailored to the needs of a particular state to prohibit the advertising of the foods or beverages that may not be sold on the school campus during the school day. This can be easily adapted and enacted at the district or school level as a part of a wellness policy.