North Penn School District Student Wellness Program Through School Nutrition ServicesThe Child Nutrition and WIC (Women, Infants, and Children) Reauthorization Act of 2009, also known as the Healthy, Hunger Free Kids Act, was signed as a public law on December 13, 2010. This law contains several provisions that impact school nutrition programs, such as local school wellness policy implementation and for the first time nutrition standards for all foods sold on the school campus during the school day.
Several schools have formed School Health Councils, collaborative groups between school faculty and staff members and parents. These Councils work to promote a variety of healthy eating and physical activity events throughout the school year, such as Family Fitness Nights and school-wide walking programs.
The NPSD continues to provide healthy eating and physical activity resources to help build healthy schools, homes and communities. Please consult the links to the left, for suggestions on healthy snack choices and classroom celebrations, as well as a variety of useful wellness links.
The district’s wellness policy and the programs organized thus far are part of the journey of the district-wide wellness implementation process. For more information and future plans of the wellness policy, please contact either Deb McKay at 215-853-1090 or through email at firstname.lastname@example.org or the School Nutrition Services Coordinator at at 215-853-1080.If you are interested in becoming a part of our District Student Wellness Committee or you have an interest in the development, review, updates, and implementation of the District Wellness Policy and Administrative Guidelines, please contact the School Nutrition Services Coordinator at 215-853-1080.
Access additional valuable information on student wellness and promoting a healthy school environment:
Healthy Fundraising - Promoting a Healthy School Environment.Classroom Energizers - Booklet of energizers that can be used in the classroom to increase student energy and concentration.Twenty Ways to raise funds without selling candy.
Non-Food Rewards - great rewards that are not junk food!
In July 2017, the North Penn Board of School Directors reviewed and updated the NPSD Wellness Policy in order to be in line with current wellness trends and to be in compliance with updated federal guidelines. In addition to this, the district also implemented administrative regulations to support and carry out the policy. These regulations will act as guidelines in the curriculum of nutrition education, the school nutrition services department, the health services department and in parent and community awareness. Wellness resources for healthy snacks and party choices have been shared with the building principals and parent groups. The Wellness Council meets annually to receive updates on district wellness efforts and to brainstorm ways to enhance our efforts. In addition, a Wellness Steering Committee meets every other month to review wellness activities.
All North Penn schools are enrolled as health champions in Penn State Hershey Children's Hospital initiative, plus Play 60 and is also a member of the USDA Team Nutrition Schools.