The Child Nutrition and WIC Reauthorization Act 2004, Section 204, mandated that each local education agency operating a federally funded Child Nutrition Program establish a local school wellness policy, effective June 1, 2006. The Marengo County Board of Education is committed to developing a wellness policy that meets the requirements of the law and fosters lifelong habits of healthy eating and physical activity.
Wellness Policy Committee
The Marengo County Board of Education will involve parents, students, and representatives of the school food authority, the school board, school administrators, and the public in publicizing implementing, monitoring and reviewing the School Wellness Policy.
The primary goal of nutrition education is to positively influence students’ eating behaviors. To help accomplish this goal the following guidelines will be incorporated into the school program:
·Students in grades K-12 will receive nutrition education that is interactive and teaches the skills they need to adopt healthy eating behaviors.
·Nutrition education will be coordinated at the local school level between the Child Nutrition Program, faculty/staff, and appropriate agencies. The nutrition education will include consistent nutritional messages throughout the schools.
·Nutrition education will be integrated with the requirements of the AlabamaCourse of Study: Health Education and other subject areas.
The goal of physical activity is to develop students with strong healthy bodies by acquiring knowledge and skills in a variety of games and activities and to maintain physical fitness through a regular scheduled program. This may be accomplished through:
·Students in all grades will receive physical education instruction by certified teachers with class loads that meet SDE and SACS standards.
·Physical education instruction will follow the Alabama Course of Study: PhysicalEducation guidelines.
·All waivers for exemption to physical education requirements must be approved by the State Superintendent of Education and must follow the guidelines as outlined in the Administrative Code 290-3-1-.02(8)(f).
·Students, at the appropriate grade levels, should be offered a range of physical activity opportunities
·Schools should work with the community to create ways to provide physical activity.
·Schools may not deny students participation in their physical education classes as a form of punishment or for classroom make-up tests or assignments.
Other School-Based Activities Designed to Promote Student Wellness
The goal of other-based activities is to create and provide a total school environment that promotes healthy eating and physical fitness among its students. The school board will support these efforts by:
·All students are encouraged to eat daily the breakfast and lunch meals served by the school’s Child Nutrition Program in a safe, clean and pleasant environment.
·Meal times should be scheduled to allow students adequate time to eat and should not be restricted by the bus schedules or other school activities.
·Schools will be prohibited from offering unhealthy foods as a reward or incentive to students.
·After school or summer programs that utilize the After School Snack Program and provide physical activities are to be encouraged.
·Parents and board employees are encouraged to practice healthy life styles and to serve as role models for the students at home and school.
·Partnerships with local community-based organizations, such as, Blue-Cross-Blue-Shield of Alabama, Marengo County Health Department, Alabama Cooperative Extension System, are to be encouraged and supported in organizing School Health Fairs that provide health screenings and help to enroll eligible children in either Medicaid, All Kids State Health Insurance or Blue Cross Insurance programs.
Nutrition Guidelines for School Meals
The Child Nutrition Program will provide reimbursable meals at breakfast and lunch that meet the guidelines established by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and published in the School Meals Initiatives (SMI) for Healthy Children, 1995 guidance. Serving sizes will comply with the USDA meal pattern requirements.
School meals must comply with the Dietary Guidelines for Americans, which recommends, on a weekly basis, that no more than 30% of an individual’s calories be furnished from fat and 10% or less from saturated fat. In addition, school lunches should meet the standard of proving one-third and school breakfasts one–fourth of the Recommended Dietary Allowances of protein, Vitamin A, Vitamin C, iron, calcium and calories.
Schools should focus on improving meal quality by increasing the options for whole grain products and the availability of fruits and vegetables. The standard milk beverage shall be one percent (1%) or less fat, flavored or unflavored. Preparation of foods in the cafeteria should use cooking techniques to provide fiber and reduce fat, sugar and sodium. (All breads are whole grain as of 2011-2012 school year.)
Schools should reduce the number of fried foods, and increase baking, steaming and roasting preparation methods. Fried potato products (fries, potato rounds, etc.) should be limited to a three (3) ounce portion size. Similar restrictions will apply to other fried foods. Baked potato products or other foods that have not been pre-fried, flash fried or deep fat fried are the food of choice and may be served more frequently. Effective July 1, 2006, schools may not use CNP funds to purchase new fryers for the school meals program. (Fryers were removed from all cafeterias July, 2012.)
Competitive foods are permissible foods or beverages sold or made available to students during the school day in competition with the school meals program. Vendors who supply food or beverage items to the Marengo County Schools are required to adhere to all of the nutritional guidelines in this policy or forfeit their privilege to conduct business with them.
The school day is defined as the period of time that students board a bus or by other means arrive at school until after the end of the last scheduled class and students exit from campus or school bus.
All schools must review the food items available as a la carte sales in the cafeteria, in vending machines, concession stands or school stores and evaluate the nutritional content of each product. Foods not meeting the criteria set by the State Department of Education (SDE) should be eliminated. Foods and beverages approved by a school shall not be in conflict with the state board policies. The guidelines for food sold in vending machines, concession stands or school stores are the same as those for foods sold in the cafeteria. Competitive foods, other than a la carte items available for sale to students in the cafeteria, may not be sold or provided during meal service times.
All foods, other than school meals, available and sold on the school campus during the school day shall meet the following guidelines per each one (1) ounce serving:
1.Less than 30 grams of carbohydrates.
2.Less than 360 milligrams sodium.
3.Less than 10% daily value of fat.
4.Contain at least 5% (preferably 10%) daily value of Vitamin A, Vitamin C, iron, or calcium.
5.Contain fiber (5% daily value).
In addition, the portion sizes shall follow these requirements:
1.Chips, 1 ounce maximum, baked or containing no more than 3 to 7.5 grams of fat per bag. This includes crackers, popcorn, trail mix, nuts, seeds, dried fruit, and pretzels.
5.Yogurt (low fat), less than 30 grams total carbohydrates – 8 ounce maximum.
6.Milk, reduced fat, one percent (1%) or less, flavored or unflavored. Flavored milk may contain no more than 30 grams of sugar per 8 ounce serving.
7.Beverages, other than water, including sports drinks, 100% fruit juice and low sugar fruit smoothies – 12 ounce maximum.
8. Water, flavored or unflavored – unlimited portion size.
Sale of Carbonated Drinks - Elementary Schools
An elementary school is defined as a school where the majority of students are in grades-Pre-K through 6. Vendors who supply food or beverage items to Marengo County Schools are required to adhere to all of the nutritional guidelines in this policy or forfeit their privilege to conduct business with them.
No carbonated soft drinks shall be available for sale to Pre-K through 6 students at any time during the school day. No item considered to be in the category of carbonated soft drinks may be provided free of charge to students. No food or beverage item that has high fructose corn syrup or sugar listed as the first ingredient may be made available during the school day. No vending machine display front may display any product that is not water or 100% fruit juice. Items that may be sold include non-carbonated flavored and unflavored water (any size), 100% fruit juices (up to 8 ounces/120 calories) and milk (up to 8 ounces/150 calories). Except for a la carte items offered in the school cafeteria, no sale of any item may occur during meal service times.
Sale of Carbonated Drinks - High Schools
A high school is defined as a school where the majority of the students are in grades 7 through 12. Vendors who supply food or beverage items to Marengo County Schools are required to adhere to all of the nutritional guidelines in this policy or forfeit their privilege to conduct business with them.
No food or beverage item that has high fructose corn syrup or sugar listed as the first ingredient may be made available during the school day. At a minimum, 50% of the selections available in vending machines or for sale in school stores/concession stands are to be non- carbonated flavored or unflavored water, 100% fruit juices, milk, tea or sports drinks. At a maximum, 50% of those selections must be no/low calorie selections. No vending machine display front may display any product that is not water or 100% fruit juice. Items that may be sold include non-carbonated flavored and unflavored water (any size), 100% fruit juices (up to 12 ounces/180 calories), sports drinks (up to 12 ounces/99 calories), tea (up to 12 ounces/99 calories) and milk (up to 12 ounces/270 calories). Except for a la carte items offered in the school cafeteria, no sale of any item may occur during meal service times.
Foods of Minimal Nutritional Value
Except for the modifications to the sale of carbonated beverages at the high schools, no one on the school campus may provide access to “for sale” or “free” foods and beverages of minimal nutritional value, as identified under USDA regulations 7CFR 210 Appendix B, Categories of Foods of Minimal Nutritional Value, until after the end of the school day. The four classifications are as follows:
1. Soda Water – Any carbonated beverage.
2.Water Ices – Any frozen sicles, ices and slushes, except those ices containing fruit juice.
3.Chewing Gum – Any flavored or unflavored product made from natural or synthetic sources.
4.Certain Candies – Any processed foods made predominantly from sugar or corn syrup sweeteners or artificial sweeteners combined with a variety of ingredients including, but not limited to:
a)Hard candies, sour balls, fruit balls, candy sticks, starlight mints, after dinner mints, sugar wafers, rock candy, cinnamon candies, breath mints,
and cough drops.
b)Jellies and gums, such as gum drops, jelly beans, jellies and flavored fruit slices.
c)Marshmallow candies or other aerated sugar, corn syrup or invert confections.
d)Fondants, such as candy corn and soft mints.
f)Spun candy and cotton candy.
g)Candy coated popcorn.
All fundraising activities that involve the selling of food during the school day should reinforce food choices that promote good health. Sales during school hours shall not include those foods listed as Foods of Minimal Nutritional Value or exceed the portion sizes allowed. Vendors who supply food or beverage items to the Marengo County Schools are required to adhere to all of the nutritional guidelines in this policy or forfeit their privilege to conduct business with them.
This also means that all events outside the school day are not affected by this requirement and that booster clubs, etc., are free to select items for sale for specific fundraising and concession sales as long as the activity does not conflict with the provisions of Marengo County Board of Education School Wellness Policy.
Child Nutrition Program Training and Development
Any person employed, or otherwise assigned the duties of the Child Nutrition Program Director for the Marengo County Board of Education, shall meet the standards of Code of Alabama(1975) 290-080-030-05 and 06, as amended June 6, 1994, effective with the beginning of the 2008-2009 school year. All new CNP Directors must meet the educational requirements as specified or meet the requirements within a three year period from the date of employment.
Policy Implementation and Compliance
The Marengo County CNP Director or other designated Central Office administrator shall monitor the implementation and compliance with the School Wellness Policy in the local schools. School principals will be responsible for carrying out the policyat their respective schools.
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