Health and Wellness

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Schools provide a unique setting to improve physical activity and nutrition habits.  As school time gets tight with competing priorities, schools need to protect the value that physical activity and nutrition play in the overall success of students.
 
With the passing of the Child Nutrition and WIC Reauthorization Act of 2004, school districts participating in federally subsidized child nutrition programs (e.g., National School Lunch Program, School Breakfast Program, Special Milk Program and After School Snack Program) will be required to establish a local school wellness policy by 2006 school year.  The following two links are to resources that may assist you in understanding and supporting this policy: 
 
Experts agree that the causes of childhood overweight are multidimensional.  To address this, Monterey Heights has strategies for change at the individual, environmental, and policy levels.
 
Increase fruit and vegetable consumption strategies
  • School provides fresh produce at recess
  • School provides fresh fruits and vegetables during lunch
  • School provides a no-cost breakfast and lunch program
Decrease sweetened food and beverage consumption strategies
  • Allow students to bring water and healthy food to school
  • Celebrate at school without food, snacks or sugary drinks
  • Provide nutrition education to families and students
Increase physical activity strategies
  • School provides daily recess
  • School provides 200 minutes of PE every 10 school days
  • Encourage adults to organize physical activity opportunities after school
We need your support to implement changes in our school environment to address the childhood obesity crisis.  Here are some things you can do to support us:
  • Support the "no cupcake, cakes, sugary drink" practice for birthdays and other celebrations at school.
  • Promote physical activity after school.
  • Provide only healthy snacks (e.g. fruits, vegetables, and nuts) for students during recess and lunch and avoid sending unhealthy, high calorie, high fat items (e.g. chips, candy, sugary drinks, etc...) to school with your child.
  • Provide 100% water and avoid sending high calorie beverage items (e.g. sport drinks, sodas, caffeinated beverages, etc...) to school with your child.
  • Ensure that  your child is eating breakfast every day at school or home.
  • Talk to your children about the importance of eating healthy and being physically active.
To assist families with ideas on what to provide for their child's snack, please use the following chart and resources for your reference.
 

Unhealthy Snack Option

Healthy Snack Alternative

Sugary drinks

100% Water

Pre-packaged lunches that include candy, sugary drink

Whole wheat crackers, string cheese, 100% water

Pudding packs

Yogurt

Cheese type crakcers

Vegetables

Fruit-flavored snacks

Whole fruit

Candy

String cheese

Any chips/Cheetos product

Plain popcorn or pretzels

Soda/sports drinks

100% Water

Cookies/cupcakes

Trail mix

Fast food lunch that includes sugary drink

Home-made sandwiches, fruit & vegetable, 100% water

 
Online Resources:
Academic success for each child is our primary goal and we work to create a healthy environment that allows children to learn and frow into the leaders of tomorrow.  By working with our community, we can ensure that our children will be equipped to make their world a better place and leave a positive legacy for future generations.  Thank you for your support and commitment to address the childhood obesity epidemic together.