Tools to assist in determining nutrient compliance:
Alliance for a Healthier Generation has created a calculator to help analyze food products. There is one caveat:
1. The calculator does not identify artificial sweeteners in beverages. In compliance with the Everett Public Schools Student Wellness Policy no artificial sweeteners are allowed.
As an alternative to the calculator the Food & Nutrition department has created a speadsheet with the same information;
In 2010 the federal government passed the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act (HHFKA) as an effort to decrease childhood obesity and because research shows that children who eat well-balanced meals and
are physically active are more likely to learn in the classroom. The HHFKA requires that each district update their Student Wellness Policy to meet new federal guidelines. Policies must include goals for nutrition promotion, nutrition education, and physical activity. Student Wellness Polices must implement nutrition guidelines that meet federal standards and the policy must be measured periodically on the extent to which schools are in compliance with the policy. The Student Wellness committee began meeting in December 2013 and consists of an elementary principal, an elementary PE teacher, Nurse, DECA teacher, students, PTSA representatives, parents, Food & Nutrition staff, athletics and Business Services administration.
January 13, 2014
February-individual sub committee meetings