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Hot Policy Topic: Wellness

School districts participating in federally subsidized child nutrition programs are required by federal law to establish a local school wellness policy. School officials may find the following information regarding developing, implementing and evaluating school wellness policies helpful:

Additional resources available to school officials on this topic

  • WASB’s Policy Perspectives, (February 2014) discusses promoting student physical activity through policy and board and administration support
Specific Active Schools Resources
Sample Physical Activity Policy/Rule Language
Recreational Use Agreements

In 2013, WASB collaborated with the Public Health Law Center and Transform Wisconsin in the development of resources Wisconsin school districts can use when authorizing the recreational use of school facilities by students, employees and community members. These resources, which include sample recreational use agreements/facility use forms, can be found on the Public Health Law Center website. By opening school facilities up for recreational use, school officials are doing their part to increase community access to safe, affordable, and convenient places to be physically active.

  • The May 2016 issue of WASB’s policy publication, The FOCUS, entitled “Cooperative Purchasing of Goods and Services” discusses working with other school districts and entities to cooperatively purchasing food for school nutrition programs.
  • The December 2009 issue of WASB’s policy publication, The FOCUS, entitled “Supporting the Community Through Local Purchasing” discusses local purchasing for “Farm to School” programs by Wisconsin School Districts.

School districts, like other employers, are finding it necessary to do whatever they can to help reduce employee health problems and control health care costs. While some health problems are genetic, many of them can be prevented or modified through healthy lifestyle choices and by early detection and treatment. One way school districts are trying to help reduce employee health problems and control health care costs is through employee health promotion and wellness programs.