269078 Applying the Guidelines to meet local needs

Saturday, October 27, 2012 : 10:45 AM - 12:00 PM

Sarah M. Lee, PhD , Division of Population Health, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, GA
The Healthy Hunger Free Kids Act of 2010 requires each local educational agency participating in the National School Lunch Program or other child nutrition programs to establish a local school wellness policy for all schools under its jurisdiction. Each local education agency must designate one or more local education agency officials or school officials to ensure that each school complies with the local wellness policy.

At a minimum, a local school wellness policy must—

•Include goals for nutrition promotion and education, physical activity, and other school-based activities that promote student wellness •Include nutrition guidelines to promote student health and reduce childhood obesity for all foods available in each school district •Permit parents, students, representatives of the school food authority, teachers of physical education, school health professionals, the school board, school administrators, and the general public to participate in the development, implementation, and review and update of the local wellness policy •Inform and update the public (including parents, students, and others in the community) about the content and implementation of local wellness policies •Be measured periodically on the extent to which schools are in compliance with the local wellness policy, the extent to which the local education agency's local wellness policy compares to model local school wellness policies, and the progress made in attaining the goals of the local wellness policy, and make this assessment available to the public

States, districts, and schools should use a systematic approach when developing, implementing, and monitoring healthy eating and physical activity policies. They can use CDC's School Health Guidelines to Promote Healthy Eating and Physical Activity to guide the development of local wellness policies. For this section of the training, participants will engage in a simulation activity, applying the Guidelines to a real-life scenario. The simulation will be a school district that is undergoing revision of their local wellness policy. Participants will be members of school health councils, and asked to use the Guidelines to review the policy and make recommendations for revisions. Open discussion will follow the simulation.

Learning Areas:
Chronic disease management and prevention
Implementation of health education strategies, interventions and programs
Public health or related education
Public health or related laws, regulations, standards, or guidelines

Learning Objectives:
1)Identify and describe at least 3 ways in which the Guidelines can be used to review and revise the local wellness policy. 2)Explain the challenges and successes to applying the Guidelines to the real-life scenario.

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I serve as the lead health scientist for the Research Application and Evaluation Team in the School Health Branch within the Division of Population Health. I lead a team of health scientists who are focused school-based physical activity and physical education, healthy eating, and childhood obesity prevention. I serve as the lead for youth physical activity and physical education by informing policies and practices for improving school-based physical activity through research synthesis and translation.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.