What is the Local Wellness Policy?
The local wellness policy (LWP) is a written plan that districts use to support the health and well-being of students throughout the school day. USDA programs such as the National School Lunch Program and School Breakfast Program are required to develop and implement a wellness policy.
The LWP enables districts to cultivate a healthy school environment that promotes nutrition education, physical activity and other school-based wellness initiatives while allowing input from parents, staff, administration, and community stakeholders. An effectively written wellness policy provides students and families with varied opportunities to engage in healthy practices within the school environment.
Local Wellness Policy Tools for Districts
Districts can use this tool to assess or update elements of their LWP to ensure compliance with all requirements.
Districts are required to review their LWP at least once every three years and provide documentation of the assessment. Using the Triennial Assessment Tool, districts must explain three specifics of the LWP:
1) how schools comply with the district LWP
2) how the LWP compares to the Model Wellness Policy and
3) how schools are progressing toward attaining the goals of the LWP.
Results of the Triennial Assessment must be shared with the public.
Districts are required to assess how their LWP compares to the Model Policy at least once every three years. Using this tool districts identify strengths, areas of improvement, and any other areas that want to work on in the future. This assessment can be included within the Triennial Assessment.
Wellness Policy Resources
Districts must ensure that all foods and beverages available (provided and sold) meet nutrition standards. To determine if a product meets these standards, the Alliance for a Healthier Generation has a Smart Snacks Products Calculator: https://foodplanner.healthiergeneration.org/calculator/