Wellness

 

Communication with Parents

  • Schools will support parent's efforts to provide a healthy diet and daily physical activity for their children. The schools are encouraged to offer healthy eating seminars for parents, send home nutrition information, post nutrition tips on school websites, and provide nutrient analysis of school menus.

  • Schools will encourage parents to pack healthy lunches and snacks.

  • Schools are encouraged to provide information about physical education and other school-based physical activity opportunities before, during, and after the school day and support parents' efforts to provide their children with opportunities to be physically active outside of school. Such supports could include sharing information about physical activity and physical education through a website, newsletter, or other take-home materials, special events, or physical education homework.

Health/Nutrition Education

Health/Nutrition Education shall be offered at each grade level as part of a sequential,comprehensive, standards based program designed to provide students with the knowledge and skills necessary to promote and protect their health. Health/Nutrition Education should be encouraged to be a part of not only health education classes, but also classroom instruction in subjects such as math, science, language arts, social sciences, and elective subjects.

Curriculum:

  • Includes enjoyable, developmentally-appropriate, culturally-relevant, participatory activities, such as contests, promotions, taste testing, farm visits, and school gardens.

  • Promotes fruits, vegetables, whole grain products, low-fat and fat-free dairy products, healthy food preparation methods, and health-enhancing nutrition practices.

  • Emphasizes caloric balance between food intake and energy expenditure (physical activityexercise).

  • Links with school meal programs, other school foods, and nutrition-related community services.

  • Teaches media literacy with an emphasis on food marketing.

Marketing Products on Campus

Long-term wellness requires significant public-private participation and should be encouraged. Therefore, partnerships between schools and businesses are encouraged and appropriate business sponsorship of educational activities that promote educational well-being of students is encouraged. However, such partnerships should not be designed to threaten the health, wellness, and physical well-being of the child.

Activities that promote healthful behaviors may include: vending machine covers promoting water, pricing structures that promote healthy options in a la carte lines or vending machines, sales of fruit for fundraisers, and coupons for discount gym memberships, to name a few.

Physical Activity Opportunities

PHYSICAL ACTIVITY BEFORE, DURING, AND AFTER SCHOOL

All elementary, middle, and high schools will offer extracurricular physical activity programs, such as physical activity clubs or intramural programs. All high schools, and middle schools as appropriate, will offer interscholastic sport programs. Schools will offer a range of activities that meet the needs, interests, and abilities of all students, including boys, girls, students with disabilities, and students with special healthcare needs. For example, lunchtime open gyms, running or walking clubs, organized games at all grade levels will give students an opportunity to participate in a form of physical activity that they may enjoy.

School staff will support parents and guardians in encouraging children to participate in physical activity, to be physically active role models, and to include physical activity in family events.

Schools and the city government need to find creative ways for students to accumulate more daily physical activity.

The district will promote the use of school facilities for physical activity programs offered by the school and/or community-based organizations outside of school hours.

Physical Activity/Physical Education

Physical education and physical activity must work together in order to help a child maintain a healthy lifestyle. Physical activity is the time on task within rigorous activity and Physical Education teaches students the skills, exposes students to new things, and provides students with knowledge about their bodies. Physical Activity is the "how" to be active and Physical Education is the "why" we should be active.

CURRICULUM:

  • A planned, sequential, K-12 curriculum that provides learning experiences, such as basic movement skills, physical fitness, rhythms and dance, games, teamwork, and dual and individual sports, which will develop lifelong habits and love of being moderately to vigorously active shall be offered to our students.

  • Students will spend at least 50% of physical education class time participating in moderate to vigorous physical activity.

  • Currently elementary students receive 80 minutes per week of physical education, middle school students receive 96-144 minutes per week of physical education, and high school students receive 50 minutes daily for 18 weeks of physical education. It is recommended by National Association for Sport and Physical Education (NASPE), the Center for Disease Control (CDC), the National State Boards of Education (NSBE), and many other national health agencies, that all students in grades K-12 receive daily physical education (or its equivalent of 150 daily minutes/week for elementary school students and 225 minutes/week for middle and high schools students) for the entire school year.

  • All students in grades K-12, including students with disabilities, special healthcare needs, and in alternative educational settings, will be taught by a certified physical education teacher.

  • Student involvement in other activities involving physical activity (e.g. interscholastic or intramural sports) will not be substituted for meeting the district and/or state physical education requirement.

  • We strongly encourage the district to establish a policy on online physical education courses because of the concern with declining activity levels.

  • Students are given the opportunities for phYSical activity during the school day through physical education (PE) classes, daily recess periods for elementary school students, and the integration of physical activity into the academic curriculum.

  • Students will participate in a fitness test as specified by the board approved K-12 physical education course of study.

  • Each school will provide students with an environment that is safe and free from obstacles while participating in physical activities.

Recess

All elementary school students will have at least 20 minutes a day of supervised but unstructured recess, preferably outdoors, during which schools should encourage moderate to vigorous physical activity verbally and through the provision of space and equipment.

 

School staff should discourage extended periods (Le. periods of two or more hours) of inactivity. When activities, such as mandatory school-wide testing, make it necessary for students to remain indoors for long periods of time, schools should give students periodic breaks during which they are encouraged to stand and be moderately active.

Staff as Role Models

School staff should model healthy eating behaviors and engage in physical activity on a consistent basis. Schools are encouraged to offer well ness programs that include opportunities and information about healthy eating and physical activity.

Upper Arlington's Policy on Nutrition and Physical Activity

"You can't educate a child who isn't healthy and you can't keep a child healthy who isn't educated."
Joycelyn Elders-former U.S. Surgeon General

On June 30, 2004, President Bush signed Public Law 108-265, the Child Nutrition and WIC Reauthorization Act of 2004. Section 204 of this law requires school districts participating in the National School Lunch Program and/or School Breakfast Program to develop a local wellness policy that addresses student wellness and the growing problem of childhood obesity, by the first day of the 2006-2007 school year.

Research shows that children and youth who begin each day as healthy individuals are better learners. The Upper Arlington School District promotes healthy schools by supporting a district-wide wellness policy. This policy includes guidelines for good nutrition, physical activities, and health/nutrition education for our students and staff. We believe that all students should possess the knowledge and skills necessary to make healthy lifetime choices. In addition, we encourage our staff to model healthy eating and physical activity as a valuable part of daily life. The Upper Arlington School District is committed to the creation, implementation, and evaluation of this policy.

The link between nutrition, physical activity and learning is well documented.

 

Good nutrition and fitness improve a child's academic performance

  • Reduces apathy

  • Reduces absences

  • Improves participation

  • Improves test scores

  • Improves academic achievement


Good nutrition and physical activity enhances a child's behavior

  • Reduces irritability

  • Reduces anxiety

  • Reduces depression

  • Improves attendance

  • Improves energy levels

Contact Information

Andrew Hatton
Director of Academic Affairs
ahatton@uaschools.org

Keith Pomeroy
Chief Academic Officer
kpomeroy@uaschools.org

Michelle Banks
Director of Curriculum & Instruction
mbanks@uaschools.org

Dawn Kirkbride
Executive Assistant
dkirkbride@uaschools.org

1950 North Mallway Drive
Upper Arlington, Ohio 43221
(614) 487-5000

 

UPPER ARLINGTON SCHOOLS
1950 North Mallway Drive
Upper Arlington, Ohio 43221
(614) 487-5000

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