Wellness Policy & Guidelines

 

Augsburg Fairview Academy

2014-2015

 

Purpose

The purpose of this policy is to support healthy learners both in our school our community.  Goals in this policy include the Academy’s nine dimensions of wellness promoting a healthy lifestyle with complete wellness and healthy life-long learning.  Augsburg Fairview Academy is committed to providing a school environment that promotes health, well-being, and ability to learn by supporting healthy eating and physical activity.  This policy will set standards for wellness at Augsburg Fairview Academy.

 

Augsburg Fairview Academy’s Nine Dimensions of Wellness

  • The nine dimensions of wellness form an overarching umbrella for Augsburg Fairview Academy.  We encourage, through the Academy’s curriculum, that students will learn more about these and how they can lead to a healthy lifestyle.
    • Wellness Way: Physical
      • Maintaining a healthy body; eating nutritious foods; participating in activities that increase physical health; engaging in wellness-promoting life-style practices.
    • Wellness Way: Intellectual
      • Increasing knowledge and expanding decision-making skills; engaging in stimulating mental activities; learning and growing from one’s life experiences.
    • Wellness Way: Spiritual
      • Connecting with ourselves and possibly something greater.  Finding values and beliefs that provide purpose in our lives.
    • Wellness Way: Emotional
      • Paying attention to self and developing strong self-esteem; expressing and controlling feelings appropriately; being sensitive and responsive to the emotional needs of others; and asking for

help when needed.

    • Wellness Way: Social
      • Maintaining healthy relationships; balancing self-needs with the needs of others; recognizing and promoting diversity and the rights of others; respecting and affirming all identities.
    • Wellness Ways: Environmental
      • Living responsibly and safely; being in harmony with the external world; actively working to protect, nurture and support the Earth.
    • Wellness Way: Vocational
      • Making career choices based on personal strengths and values; participating in work that is satisfying and benefits others; developing and living a life mission and vision.
    • Wellness Way: Familial
      • Relating family roles and responsibilities to healthy behavior; understanding how family events can effect health; understanding that family can be relatives, friends, co-workers, etc.

 

    • Wellness Way: Financial
      • Developing money management skills and building responsible financial behaviors for self and community.

 

 

Nutrition Education Goals

  • Nutrition education is provided to students both in the classroom and in the cafeteria.  Health and wellness topics include essential nutrients, nutritional deficiencies, healthy nutritional alternatives, healthy weight management, safe food preparation/handling/storage, reading food labels and healthy cooking.
  • Staff members that are teaching nutrition education have appropriate training.
  • Provide ways to involve staff in nutrition education and nutritional eating.
  • Teach students where food comes from; how it is grown (both agriculturally and in nature).
  • Encourage teamwork between staff to develop ways to integrate nutrition into numerous subjects.
  • Encourage parents, teachers, school administrators, students, food service professionals, and community members to serve as role models in practicing healthy eating and physical activity.
  • Work with community organizations to help coordinate activities that evolve around nutrition and overall wellness.
  • Provide opportunities for students to communicate with the Academy’s caterer in regards to healthy options for breakfast and lunch.
    • Provide comment cards as a way for students to communicate their satisfaction with the caterer’s meals.
    • Provide nutritional information via caterer services to educate students with regards to our food programming.

 

Lifetime Fitness Education Goals

  • Provide training and resources for teachers to promote lifetime wellness through physical activity and healthy eating.
  • AFA students are encouraged to take a year of physical education classes throughout their 4 year high school experience.
  • Classroom health education will compliment physical fitness education by reinforcing the knowledge and self-management skills needed to maintain a physically active lifestyle and to reduce time spent on sedentary activities.
  • Prohibit the use of withholding physical activity as punishment.
  • Encourage parents and families to support children’s participation in physical activity and to be physically active role models.
  • Investigation into the possibility of adding gym space onto the building/grounds.

 

Other School-Based Activities Designed to Promote Student Wellness

  • Evaluate fundraising to ensure a consistent healthful message.
  • Field trips will be provided to students related to nutrition, physical activity, or wellness in general.
    • AFA students attend a farm to school field trip each school year as part of their health and wellness class..
  • American Red Cross Training (CPR, AED, First Aid)

 

Staff Wellness

School staff serve as role models for students as they are key to successful implementation of student wellness programs.  Therefore, staff members are encouraged to model healthy eating and physical activity.

 

 

Nutrition Guidelines for All Foods Available on the School Campus During the School Day

 

Dining Environment

  • The Academy provides a clean, safe, enjoyable meal environment for students.
  • The Academy provides enough space and serving areas to ensure all students have access to school meals with minimum wait time.
  • Students are encouraged to participate in school meals programs and their eligibility for free or reduced priced meals are protected.

Meal Times

  • Students may eat breakfast in the classroom unless it interrupts others learning.
  • Breakfast is served from 7:30 AM to 7:55AM or 9:00 – 9:28 AM

(during advisory time). Lunch is served from 11:55 AM to 12:10 PM and 12:15 PM to 12:35 PM.

  • Teachers will work together to promote and persuade students to eat nutritious food both on and off campus.
  • Teachers may use packaged food as a reward; healthy food options are preferred.
  • The Academy provides meals that meet minimum requirements outlined in federal laws and regulations that apply to child nutrition programs, including minimum nutritional standards.
  • The food service director will overlook the caterer’s menus and portion sizes to ensure that each meal meets nutritional standards.
  • To minimize access to food with minimal nutritional value, students do not have access to pop in the cafeteria during the school day.
  • The religious, ethnic, and cultural diversity and food allergies of the student body will be respected in meal planning, nutrition education and physical activity.

 

 

Guidelines for Reimbursable Meals

Augsburg Fairview Academy uses the Enhanced Food-Based-Menu-Planning meal pattern when serving reimbursable meals.  Lancer Dining Services is responsible for preparing and delivering food for breakfast and lunch.  Meals are within the Dietary Guidelines for Americans including serving a variety of foods: grain products, vegetables and fruits; and meals that are moderate in sugar and salt.

 

Plan for Measuring the Implementation of the Wellness Policy

Augsburg Fairview Academy will do the following:

  • Identify areas for improvement.
  • Draft policy language that addresses the district’s most severe need in nutrition education, physical activity, other school-based activities, nutrition guidelines for food sold or offered throughout the school day and methods of evaluation.
  • Identify indicators for each policy component to be used as a gauge that would show whether the policy is working.
  • Re-assess using the same tools in the original assessment and document changes.
  • Ken Jugasek, the wellness coordinator, will ensure that the school implements the policy and will collect and summarize the evaluation results.
  • All AFA staff will meet to talk about how they will implement wellness into their curriculum. This will happen at the beginning of each school year.

 

 

Process for Involving the Community

  • The Augsburg Fairview Academy school board will approve the wellness policy and also suggest changes or corrections.
  • AFA students will provide feedback and additions to the wellness policy.
  • The Academy will involve parent(s)/guardian(s) to see to it that the policy encourages their student(s) to make healthy decisions that will lead to lifetime wellness.
  • School staff are role models and therefore should be leaders that encourage goals of the wellness policy.
  • Student led wellness clinics may be offered on a routine basis throughout the community.
  • Bring AFA’s wellness policy to Health & Wellness classes for additions and sharing of knowledge.

 

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