Local School Wellness Policies Launch Students to Health
A local school wellness policy is a written document of official policies that direct efforts to establish a school environment that promotes students’ health, well-being, and ability to learn. The responsibility for developing a local school wellness policy is placed at the local level so the unique needs of each school can be addressed.
The Local School Wellness Policy requirement was established by the Child Nutrition and WIC Reauthorization Act of 2004, and further strengthened by the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act (HHFKA) of 2010. It requires local educational agencies participating in the National School Lunch Program and/or School Breakfast Program to develop a local school wellness policy that promotes the health of students and addresses the growing problem of childhood obesity. The objectives of the HHFKA include enhancing existing Local School Wellness Policy requirements, strengthening implementation and assessment of the policy, and expanding public input in both wellness policy development and reporting.