MICHIGAN STATE BOARD OF EDUCATION
Model Local Wellness Policy
On June 30, 2004, Congress passed Section 204 of Public Law 108-265, of the Child Nutrition and WIC Reauthorization Act of 2004. This law requires each local education agency participating in a program, authorized by the Richard B. Russell National School Lunch Act (42 U.S.C.1751 et seq.) or the Child Nutrition Act of 1966 (42 U.S.C. 1771 et seq.), to establish a local school wellness policy by July 1, 2006.
In response to this requirement, this State Board of Education Model Local Wellness Policy was developed by the Michigan Department of Education, in collaboration with other state and local agencies, organizations, educators, and concerned citizens. This document may be modified to reflect local
policy and procedure. In addition, it is recommended that prior to adopting this policy districts involve teachers (including specialists in health and physical education), parents/guardians, students, representatives of the school food service program, school board members, school administrators, and the public.
The Michigan State Board of Education recognizes and acknowledges, through its September 2003 policy on coordinated school health programs, that, "schools cannot achieve their primary mission of education if students and staff are not physically, mentally and socially healthy." The Board believes that schools should provide a campus-wide environment where students are taught healthy eating and physical activity knowledge, skills, and values. In addition, the campus-wide environment should provide ample opportunity to practice these skills on a daily basis.
This Model Local Wellness Policy is provided to assist Michigan school districts in developing their local wellness policies. This document may be modified to reflect local school district policy and procedure.
Adopted October 11, 2005