Student Wellness Policy
Nutrition Standards and Guidelines
The meals served in the School Nutrition Programs are guided by federal regulations for good nutrition. The guidelines include limits on calories, sodium, and fat; they also define required meal components and portion sizes. The USDA meal pattern is designed for easy identification of a healthy school meal.
For more information, click to view the nutrition standards for breakfast and lunch:
While the federal guidelines offer a base of good nutrition – Nutrition Services takes it to the next level. Discover what Nutrition Services is doing to provide quality meals for your child.
Food and beverages made available during school hours for events, classroom parties, and fundraisers meet the Student Wellness Policy and USDA Smart Snacks guidelines. For more information, click to view the Smart Snacks handouts below:
Goals for Student Wellness
- Influence student eating behaviors with age-appropriate nutrition education for lifelong healthy eating habits
- Provide opportunities for students to practice skills that reinforce lifelong healthy eating habits
- Actively promote school nutrition messages for good nutrition and optimal student health
- Support a well-coordinated and consistent nutrition message throughout the school community
- Limit marketing for any foods sold to students during the school day to healthful foods that meet the Smart Snacks nutrition standards
- Influence student physical activity behaviors for a lifelong active lifestyle
- Promote physical education and well-being with health promotion activities
Other School-Based Activities
- Support a total school environment that is conducive to healthy eating and physical activity
- Integrate food allergy awareness
It’s a Community Effort
The Tempe Elementary School District is committed to supporting the health and wellbeing of all our students. The Coordinated School Health and Safety committee members represent schools, physical education, nutrition services, health services, outreach, parents, and community partners. The committee meets four times per year to review, plan and coordinate district and school-based goals and activities that are aligned with the Student Wellness Policy.
The Superintendent, or designee, leads the implementation of the policies.
Every three years the Coordinated School Health and Safety committee members, in partnership with the schools, conduct an in-depth assessment of progress made in implementing our policy goals. Some components can be easily assessed by asking the question, “Did we do this?” while others are more difficult to measure. A tool developed by the Arizona Department of Education, the Student Wellness Policy Activity and Assessment Tool, was utilized to document the district’s actions that
implement what is written in the policy. Actions being implemented are checked next to the action statement, and indicates whether the district is working on the action and continues to develop it, or the action has been successfully implemented.
View the School Site Wellness Assessment.
We value your input! Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org to send us your comments and questions on the development process, implementation, and review or updating of our Student Wellness Policy goals.