Nutrition & Physical Activity
Wellness philosophy and FCPS plan
Whereas, children need access to healthful foods and opportunities to be physically active in order to grow, learn and thrive;
Whereas, good health fosters student attendance and education;
Whereas, obesity rates have doubled in children and tripled in adolescents in the past two decades, and physical inactivity and excessive calorie intake are the predominant causes of obesity;
Whereas, heart disease, cancer, stroke and diabetes are responsible for two-thirds of deaths in the United States, and major risk factors for those diseases, including unhealthy eating habits, physical inactivity and obesity, often are established in childhood.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 33 percent of high school students do not participate in sufficient vigorous physical activity and 72 percent do not attend daily physical education classes;
National research shows that only 2 percent of children (ages 2 to 19) eat a healthy diet consistent with the five main recommendations from the Food Guide Pyramid;
Whereas, nationally, the items most commonly sold from school vending machines, school stores and snack bars include low-nutrition foods and beverages, such as soda, sports drinks, imitation fruit juices, chips, candy, cookies and snack cakes;
Whereas, school districts around the country are facing significant fiscal and scheduling constraints; and
Whereas, community participation is essential to the development and implementation of successful school wellness policies;
Thus, Fayette County Public Schools is committed to providing school environments that promote and protect children's health, well-being and ability to learn by supporting healthy eating and physical activity. Therefore, it is the district's plan that:
The school district will engage students, parents, teachers and others in developing and reviewing districtwide nutrition and physical activity policies.
All students in grades K-12 will have opportunities, support and encouragement to be physically active on a regular basis.
Foods and beverages sold or served at school, during the school day, will meet the nutrition recommendations of the U.S. Dietary Guidelines for Americans and of KRS 158.854(1)/702KAR 6:090. In addition, schools may offer for a la carte sale items that can be part of a reimbursable breakfast or lunch, according to the federal meal pattern regulations.
Qualified child nutrition professionals and school administrators will provide students with access to a variety of affordable, nutritious and appealing foods that meet the health and nutrition needs of students. Officials also will accommodate the religious, ethnic and cultural diversity of the student body in meal planning. And they will provide clean, safe and pleasant settings and adequate time for students to eat.
To the maximum extent practicable, all schools will participate in available federal school meal programs (including the School Breakfast Program, National School Lunch Program [including after-school snacks] and Summer Food Service Program.
Schools will provide nutrition education and physical education to foster lifelong habits of healthy eating and physical activity. They also will establish links between health education and school meal programs, and with related community services.
Means to achieve these goals:
- School health councils
- Nutritional quality of foods and beverages sold and served on campus
- Physical activity opportunities and physical education
- Nutrition and physical activity promotion and food marketing
- Monitoring and plan review
Healthy eating (ABC tips)