Our Wellness PolicyWellnessPolicy.pdf
Why a Wellness Policy?Childhood Obesity
& Diet Related Illness
How we accomplish our goals
Partners for School Wellness
RGCCISD has developed a Wellness Policy that is focused on improving the overall health and wellness of students. This policy has been developed by the School Health Advisory Council (SHAC), which is made up of parents, community members, students, and school staff working together to improve the health of all students and families through coordinated school health programs.
What is a Wellness Policy?
A local school wellness policy is a document that guides the District's efforts to establish a school environment that promotes student's health, well being and ability to learn. They help ensure implementation of the updated nutrition standards for school meals, provide guidance regarding the snacks and beverages served or sold in schools, nutrition education, as well as physical activity and recess.
The need for a local school wellness policy was established by the Child Nutrition and WIC Reauthorization Act of 2004 and was further strengthened by the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 (HHFKA). It requires each school district participating in the National School Lunch Program and/or School Breakfast Program to develop and implement a wellness policy.
For a summary of the final rule, click here.
What is the SHAC?
A School Health Advisory Council (SHAC) is a group appointed by the school district to serve at the district level. Members of the SHAC come from different areas of the community and from within the school district. The majority of members must be parents who are not employed by the district. Texas law (Texas Education Code, Title 2, Subtitle F, Chapter 28, Subchapter A, §28.004) requires the establishment of a SHAC for every school district. SHACs are required to meet at least four times each year.
SHACs assist the districts in ensuring that local community values are reflected in health education instruction. Additionally, SHACs play an important role in strengthening the connection between health and learning. They can help parents and community stakeholders reinforce the knowledge and skills children need to stay healthy for a lifetime.
For more information regarding School Wellness Policies and/or SHAC, please visit the following:
Sharing the Message of Wellness
One of our goals is to share the message of nutrition, health and wellness via our department's web site. You will find several resources that emphasize the importance of nutrition AND fitness for children and families. Take the time to review the information for tips and recommendations on healthy eating and exercise.
Join us at our next scheduled meeting as noted here: School Health Advisory Council(SHAC) You are an integral part of our efforts to address student wellness!
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