MSD Wellness


It's Spring!  Let's Get Outside!
There's plenty of ways to get exercise and enjoy the outdoors.  We are fortunate to live in a beautiful area where nature, adventure and wildlife abound.  Here are some ideas to get your family going.  Grab a back pack, water bottle and a healthy snack and let's go!   



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Enjoying an active day indoors or out you are sure to work up an appetite.  Encouraging your child to make healthy choices and involving them in meal preparation are just two ways establish lifelong healthy habits.  Here are some interesting recipes and ideas.  Recipes and Cooking!
 



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Guidelines for a Healthier Family!   
    
 



The MSD Wellness Committee is an initiative to assess the nutrition and physical activity environment throught the District and make recommendations to the Board for a comprehensive wellness program that include goals for nutrition education, physical activity and other school-based activities that are designed to promote student wellness.



         



WELLNESS POLICY


            The Moultonborough School Board recognizes the importance of proper nutrition and developmentally appropriate physical activity as ways of promoting healthy lifestyles, minimizing childhood obesity, and preventing other diet-related chronic diseases.  The Board also recognizes that health and student success are inter-related.  It is, therefore, the goal of the Board that the entire learning environment be aligned to positively influence a student’s understanding, beliefs and habits as they relate to good nutrition and physical activity.


            A District-wide Wellness Advisory Committee (WAC) will be established by the Board and will consist of teachers, school’s food service personnel, the School Board, town Recreation personnel, students and the public.  The committee serves to assess and address through recommendations to the Board,  the nutritional quality of meals served at school, the regularity of physical education, instruction connected to diet and health, and the encouragement of over-all wellness and healthy lifestyles of all students and staff within the School District. WAC will monitor and assess program implementation and provide an annual report to the Board during public session. 


            The Board recognizes that it is the District’s role, as part of the larger community, to model and actively practice, through policies and procedures: the promotion of family, staff and student wellness through physical activity, good nutrition, and environmental and nutritional education.  Information on improving wellness through physical activity  and proper nutrition will be accessible to families, staff and students through a variety of media including the District Wellness Webpage, flyers, cafeteria information boards, and informational sessions.


            Students and staff shall be given opportunities to gain knowledge, skills and motivation needed to be physically active for life through:


            •          daily offerings such as recess periods, physical education classes and walking programs;

            •          the integration of physical activity into health and/or academic curriculum;

            •          afterschool programs including intramurals, interscholastic athletics, and physical activity clubs; and

            •           rovisions for on-going professional training for teachers in the area of physical education.



            Students and staff shall be given opportunities to gain knowledge, skills and motivation needed to increase proper nutritional awareness for life by:

            •            integrating the state’s nutritional education standards into academic curriculum;

            •            training staff members who provide nutrition education;

            •            properly marketing food in the cafeteria;

            •            offering an inviting, safe and enjoyable lunchroom environment;

            •            making nutrition information available in the cafeteria;

            •            increasing information and opportunities through nutritional information;

            •            scheduling of recess for grades  K to 6 before lunchtime to ensure undistracted adequate enjoyment of food consumption;

            •            providing adequate space and serving areas for lunch near the middle of the school day;

            •            providing field trips and other off-school nutritional educational experiences: and

            •            providing hands-on practical gardening and environmental experiences within the academic curriculum.


            

Cafeteria food should be served, under the supervision of a credentialed food service director, with consideration toward variety, appeal, taste, safety, and packaging to ensure that students will participate in consuming high quality meals.  In no circumstances will such offerings be less restrictive than the regulations and guidance issued by the US Secretary of Agriculture as applicable to schools.  Whenever practicable, these nutrition guidelines will apply to the school lunch and breakfast program, foods and beverages sold in vending machines, snack bars, school stores, concession stands, at parties/celebrations/meetings during the school day, and as part of fundraising activities.

The Board directs the Superintendent to develop procedures to implement this policy based on the recommendations of the wellness advisory committee and in compliance with national and statewide nutritional guidelines for healthy living.


 

            Legal References:

            RSA189:11-a, Food and Nutrition Programs

            Section204 of Public Law 108-265, Child Nutrition and WIC Reauthorization Act of 2004

            NHCode of Admin. Rules, Section Ed. 303.01(g), Substantive Duties of SchoolBoards 

            NHCode of Admin. Rules, Section Ed. 306.11, Food & Nutrition Services 

            NHCode of Admin. Rules, Section Ed. 306.40, Health Education program

            NHCode of Admin. Rules, Section Ed. 306.41, Physical Education Program 


          

            MSD Adopted:             September8, 2009

            MSD Proposed:            August11, 2009

            MSD Adopted:              June13, 2006

            MSD Proposed:      May 9, 2006