Wellness Resources

New York State Legislation- Article 19 Education Law Section915  Prohibiting the sale of certain sweetened foods and Section 918  School district nutrition advisory committees.

NYC Wellness Resources

NYC Office of Wellness Program Information (OSWP)- Focuses on Health-related fitness education curriculum
NYC FITNESSGRAM -  a standardized fitness assessment tool for NYC public school students
CHAMPS CHAMPS stands for Cooperative, Healthy, Active, Motivated, and Positive Students, which is a Sports and Fitness Program, students participate in fun, safe, and supervised physical activities before and after school.


Action for Healthy Kids- AFHK addresses childhood undernourishment, obesity and prevention by working with schools to help children learn to eat right and be active every day. 

DASH-NY  (Designing a Strong and Healthy New York) Obesity Prevention Coalition and Policy Center. Launched through support from the NYSDOH  in 2010. DASH-NY focuses on policy, systems and environmental changes that will lead to healthy eating, active living, and access to preventive healthcare services. They collaborate with public and private groups from transportation, agriculture, economic development, planning, education, academia, healthcare  to develop  strategies for reducing the obesity and chronic disease. Resources includes fact sheets,  webinars, and link to NYS data on obesity.

Healthy Kids, Healthy New York After-School Model Guidelines, Toolkit and Recognition Program Developed collaboratively by multiple NYS agencies including the NYSDOH and NYSED to create healthy after-school environments. It focuses on nutrition, physical activity and screen time. The toolkit includes a self assessment tool which will help you to evaluate your current practices.

Healthier Schools for Healthier Kids-(EPA-Environmental Protection Agency)-Provides comprehensive school resources you need to establish, maintain or enhance a school environmental health program. Includes State School Environmental Health, Model School health Programs and School Siting Guidelines.(3/15)

Healthy Schools Network- EPA and CDC partner which promotes collaborative research and policy development for children’s environmental health at school provides: Environmental public health services for children at risk or with suspected exposures at school. child-safe policies for housekeeping and purchasing (targeting indoor air pollutants, mercury, pesticides and other toxins, and the use of green and healthy/safer products) and standards for school design, construction, and siting Healthy Schools/Healthy Kids Clearinghouse©, which offers dozens of fact sheets, guides, and peer-reviewed reports.

Healthy Students Are Better Learners-
Resources and tools for school wellness. Includes infographics and Learning Connection Webinar.
(National Dairy Council)

USDA School Nutrition Environment and Wellness Resources (Team Nutrition)Website
The Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 (HHFKA) requires all schools participating in federal Child Nutrition programs to establish and implement, for all schools under its jurisdiction, local school wellness policies that meet minimum standards designed to promote sound nutrition, student health, reduce childhood obesity, and provide transparency to the public on the school nutrition environment. This Web site is dedicated to helping local educational agencies find the resources they need to meet recommendations in these areas

Sample Polices

Local wellness policies are an important tools for parents, local education agencies (LEAs) and school districts in promoting student wellness, preventing and reducing childhood obesity, and providing assurance that school meal nutrition guidelines meet the minimum federal school meal standards. Any school which participates in the National School Lunch or Breakfast Program must develop wellness policies to meet the unique needs of their school as established by the Child Nutrition and WIC Reauthorization Act of 2004, and more recently by the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 (HHFKA) Adobe PDF file. Some specific requirements are  listed here.

Local School Wellness Policies: Overview and Action Steps (7/2013)-Provides a comprehensive summary of what is required for local wellness policies and includes a comparison chart to show what has changed from 2014 to 2010.

CDC-Sample Local Wellness Policy-Each local educational agency that participates in the National School Lunch Program or other child nutrition programs is required by federal law to establish a local school wellness policy for all schools under its jurisdiction. This site provides background information, an overview of the requirements, tools, and resources

USDA Model Wellness Policies-Provides multiple resources to create wellness policies.

Wellness Policy Evaluation

WellSAT 2.0 - With the 2010 Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act, the USDA set new standards for school nutrition and wellness policies. In January 2015, The Rudd Center for Food Policy & Obesity released an updated version of the WellSAT, a tool used to evaluate the quality of written wellness policies. The update, WellSAT 2.0, reflects new USDA school food requirements and current best practices in all areas of nutrition and physical activity related school wellness. To access both the original WellSAT and the WellSAT 2.0.

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Page updated 9/17/21