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Health, Wellness & Nutrition

The Federal Government required ESM and all districts to develop a Wellness Policy by the start of the 2006-2007 school year. This policy, developed by a Wellness Committee appointed by the ESM Board of Education, includes goals for nutrition education, physical activity and other school-based activities that promote student wellness and help prevent childhood obesity.   

Check out our wellness resources at the bottom of this page, including healthy snacks, appropriate nut-free classroom foods, white vs. whole grain vs. wheat bread and energy drinks.  

See below for Frequently Asked Questions

The goals include:

Nutrition Education: ESM will provide nutrition education to promote the adoption of healthy eating habits and other nutrition-related behaviors conducive to good health and well-being. To do this, standards will be established for classroom teaching, education/marketing/promotion links outside the classroom, fundraising activities, teacher training, and vending machines.

Physical Activity: The District will provide opportunities for every student to develop the knowledge and skills for specific physical activities, to maintain physical fitness, to regularly participate in physical activity, and to understand the short-term and long-term benefits of a physically active and healthy lifestyle.

To achieve this goal, the Wellness Committee has determined that standards in the following areas are necessary: physical education class and graduation requirements, staff training/certification, and physical activity outside physical education classes.

Other School-based Activities: ESM wants to establish a school environment for everyone that is conducive to healthy eating and physical activity that provides consistent wellness messages.

Standards in the following areas are necessary to achieve this goal: federal school meal programs, access to school nutrition programs, meal environment, after-school programs for students, community access to district facilities for physical activities, community involvement, and sustainable food practices.

Nutrition Guidelines: The Wellness Committee will recommend which nutrition standards will be established for all foods available on school campus during the school day based upon the unique needs of the student body and the community. The goal is to encourage healthy lifelong eating habits by providing foods that are high in nutrients, low in fat and added sugars, and of moderate portion size.

Implementation and Evaluation of the Wellness Policy: The District will ensure school and community awareness of this policy. Professional development activities for staff and awareness training for students will be provided. The District will monitor the effectiveness of the policy and any need for modification over time.

Frequently Asked Questions:

1) Why does the District have a Wellness Policy? Federal and State Regulations require establishing a Board of Education Policy on Wellness in each school district as of July 1, 2006.

2) What areas are included in the Wellness Policy? The three areas of Wellness are:

  • Nutrition Education (Curriculum)
  • Physical Activity
  • Other School-Based Activities and Nutrition Guidelines

3) Why is the school regulating what parents send in for birthday or other celebrations? The Federal and State mandates require the school to establish guidelines for all food available on school campuses. While we do not regulate what parents/guardians send in for their child, we do have a responsibility for establishing guidelines for what is shared with other students.

4) Are there any restrictions on food items that Parents/Guardians send in with their children for lunch? No. Parents/Guardians may send whatever they wish for their child's lunch.

5) Are school staff allowed to check student lunches or advise children what they should or should not eat? School staff have been advised that parents/guardians may send whatever they desire for their child's lunch and they are not to question or advise students about the contents of their lunch.

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