Wellness Plan

 

HERITAGE ACADEMY 
STUDENT WELLNESS POLICY 
3515 
 
The board recognizes that childhood wellness is essential for academic success. Research indicates that 
becoming physically active and maintaining a regular physical activity program and access to nutritious 
foods reduces the risk of obesity and other associated diseases. Therefore it is the policy of the board to: 
 
1. Provide students access to nutritious food choices; 
A. Heritage Academy Child Nutrition Program will meet or exceed the nutrition standards 
established by the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture and the Idaho State Department of Education. 
B. Child Nutrition personnel that are properly qualified and trained according to current 
professional standards will administer the Child Nutrition Programs. 
C. Heritage Academy will attempt to provide a pleasant eating experience for students and adults 
by adopting the following procedures: 
a. Student input is solicited for meal choices. 
b. Nutrient analysis is available to teachers, parents, students and health professionals 
when possible. 
c. Elementary recesses before lunch are encouraged. 
d. Adequate time to eat in a pleasant eating environment should be provided. The 
recommended eating time for each child after being served will be 10 minutes for 
breakfast and 20 minutes for lunch. 
g. Adult supervision is available during the meal service times. 
h. The Child Nutrition Program will make every effort to meet the needs of children with 
special diets whenever possible within regulatory requirements. 
i. Water will be available for students to get water at meals and throughout the day. 
j. School personnel will assist all students in developing the healthy practice of washing 
hands before eating. 
k. Heritage Academy will encourage socializing among students, and between students 
and adults. Lunch monitors will properly supervise cafeterias and serve as role models to 
students by demonstrating proper conduct and voice level. Parents are highly 
encouraged to dine with students in the cafeteria. 
 
2. Provide opportunities for physical activity and developmentally appropriate exercise; 
A. Continue to meet district and state requirements for health and physical education. 
B. Develop resources for teachers and parents to incorporate physical activities in the school and 
the home. 
C. Encourage additional physical activities wherever possible within the school, at home, and in 
the community. 
 
3. Provide accurate information related to these topics; and 
a. Vending machines are not recommended for student access in schools or district facilities 
housing students in grades Pre-K through 8. 
b. Snack items are recommended to be single serving size in sealed packaging. A list of 
recommended snacks will be provided to building administrators along with the formula for 
analyzing new offerings. 
c. School staff is discouraged from using food or carbonated beverages as a reward for student 
accomplishment. The withholding of food as punishment for students is prohibited. A list of 
alternative rewards for classroom use will be available. 
d. The school district will provide nutritional information to parents that will encourage parents to 
provide safe and nutritious foods for their children. A list of preferred suggestions for classroom 
party treats will also be provided. e. School organizations are encouraged to consider non-food or healthy foods for fundraising. 
Other fundraising ideas will be made available. 
 
4. A Wellness committee will ensure that a comprehensive wellness plan is implemented that includes 
goals for nutrition, health and physical fitness, integrated within the sequential, comprehensive health 
education curriculum, and coordinated with the school’s nutrition and food services operation. A copy of 
the Wellness Plan is available at the school office and on the Heritage Academy public website. 
 
The committee will include staff, parent volunteers and administration. Parental input is welcome and 
encouraged. The committee will check for compliance twice a year, and make recommendations as 
needed. 
 
Heritage Academy may take a proactive effort to both educate and encourage students to make nutritious 
food choices. The Wellness Committee and Child Nutrition Program shall ensure that a variety of healthy 
food choices are available whenever food is sold or served on school property or at school-sponsored 
events. The school will offer varied and nutritious food choices that are consistent with the federal 
government’s Dietary Guidelines for Americans. 
 
The Wellness Committee will establish measures to evaluate the compliance and implementation of the 
wellness policy and activities. 
 
Policy History: 
Adopted on: 9/20/12 
Revised on: 10/14/13

*Stakeholders, parents, students and community members are encouraged to participate in Heritage Academy's wellness plans and policies. Please contact the school at (208)595-1617 for Wellness Committee meeting times.