Model and Sample Policy Language


Explore these resources when preparing to draft your local school wellness policy, and revisit them when putting the policy to action. You can also use these resources to compare your policy against model policies.



UConn Rudd Center Model District School Wellness Policy UConn Rudd Center Model District School Wellness Policy (PDF | 83.09 KB)

UCONN 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.


State School Health Policy Matrix (2014) (PDF | 1.43 MB)

National Association of State Boards of Education.

The State School Health Policy Matrix outlines relevant state-level policies, and links directly to the policy, in the areas of: competitive foods and beverages, physical education and physical activity, and administration of medication in the school environment. It also indicates which political entity or agency adopted the policy or issued guidance, helping to answer the question – Who has historically had the authority to make policy changes in the areas of competitive foods and beverages, physical education and physical activity, and administration of medication in each state?


Policy Continuum for Comprehensive School Physical Activity Programs (February 2012) Policy Continuum for Comprehensive School Physical Activity Programs (February 2012) (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.


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.


Kansas School Wellness Policy Model Guidelines (September 2014)

Kansas State Department of Education.

This guideline can serve as the foundation for establishing a local wellness policy by selecting which policy statements to include in the local wellness policy.


Model Wellness Policy (September 2012)

South Dakota Board of Education.

Local agencies may choose to use the following model policies as written or revise them to meet local needs and reflect community priorities.


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.


Model School Wellness Policies (July 2016)

Center for Science in the Public Interest

This Web site has lots of model wellness policies and other resources to assist school districts and stakeholders in updating and implementing their local school wellness policy.


Center for Ecoliteracy Wellness Policy Guide (2010) (PDF | 985 KB)

Center for Ecoliteracy.

Language and recommendations to help schools develop, monitor, and update comprehensive wellness policies.


Alliance for a Healthier Generation Wellness Policies

Alliance for a Healthier Generation.

Guide on the wellness policy process that includes four steps to build, implement, evaluate, and communicate your wellness policy. Register your school to gain access to additional online tools, trainings, and recognition.


School Health Guidelines to Promote Healthy Eating and Physical Activity (2011)

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Outlines 9 guidelines based on scientific evidence and best practices to prevent obesity in schools.


Wellness Policy Tool: Understanding the components of good policy

Action for Healthy Kids.

This tool provides the steps needed to build your policy language and suggestions for making policy language stronger.


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