Wellness Policy

Wellness Policy

The School Reform Commission in conjunction with the Central Level School Health Council will begin to implement a federally mandated , US Department of Agriculture, district-wide Wellness Policy that will support the student and staff population to become "fit, healthy and ready to learn".  Through implementation of this wellness policy plan, students, staff, families and communities will become more knowledgeable and skilled in making behavior choices that support optimum health no later than the first day of the school year beginning after June 30, 2009.


The School District of Philadelphia Wellness Policy will establish the following:

1.  School Health Councils 

Develop a Coordinated, School Heath Council at each school bhy encouraging the use of the CDC Coordinated School Health Model as a template for health council development.

 2.  Nutrition Standards for All Foods Available on School Campus During the School Day

Students' lifelong eating habits are greatly influenced by the types of foods and beverages available to them.  Schools must establish standards to address all foods and beverages sold or served to students, including those available outside of the school meals programs.

3.  Nutrition Education

The primary goal of Nutrition Education is to influence students' eating behaviors.  Pre - K to 12th grade students should receive nutrition education (NE) that is interactive and teaches the skills they need to adopt healthy behaviors.

This program includes enjoyable , developmentally appropriate, culturally relevantm participatory activities, such as contests, promotions, taste testing, farm visits and school gardens.

4.  Physical Education

All students enrolled, K - 12, will have access to a sequential, comprehensive, standards-based Physical Education program taught by a certified Health and Physical Education teacher.

5.  Physical Activity

The primary goal for schools' physical activity component is to provide opportunities for every student to develop the knowledge and skills for specific physical activities, maintain physical fitness, regularly participate in physical activity, and understand the short- and long-term benefits of a physically active and healthful lifestyle.

6.  Other School-Based Activities

Create a school environment that provides consistent wellness messages and is conducive to overall health.