Wellness Advisory Council

NDS is looking for volunteers to assist in reviewing and updating our current Wellness Policy. If you are a parent, student, teacher or administrator at one of the schools we sponsor or an interested stakeholder, please contact Jean Falk at 215-895-3470 or email jfalk@ndsarch.org to discuss. As a timeline is created and meetings are scheduled, NDS will update this page with the information.

Thanks for considering!

Planning for Wellness

Making wellness part of the school year from the very beginning can help get the year started on the right foot. Get teachers, staff, parents, and students involved in planning and decision-making for healthy activities and events this school year. Planning for the year can be a lot of work, but getting the school community focused on making healthy choices is a great goal and an even better reason to get started now!

There are certain aspects of the school year that may be good areas to focus on first. Here are some ways you can get the 2016-2017 school year started in a fun and healthy way:

  1. FUNDRAISING: Swap junk food and candy sales for fundraisers that support a healthy student body. Selling pizzas, baked goods, and unhealthy foods does not teach children how to make healthy choices. Each elementary and middle school building is limited to five fundraisers per year that will not meet the Smart Snacks Standards. Take advantage of non-food sales and physical activities that can get the whole school community involved. Be creative and enthusiastic about new ideas and your fundraiser will be a big success! Check out these Healthy Fundraisers to get some great ideas.
  2. FOODS FROM HOME: Maybe your school does not sell soda or candy during the school day, and maybe you provide healthy lunches for your students, but what about foods that children bring from home? It’s important to encourage parents to pack healthy snacks and lunches for their children that are consistent with the school’s Wellness Policy. Use this article about creating healthy standards to address foods brought from home.
  3. WELLNESS COMMITTEE: Forming a school wellness committee comprised of teachers, faculty, staff, parents, and students is an effective way to get the school community involved in making health and wellness a priority. It’s important to get everyone on board and to be supportive of changes and ideas for the school year. Wellness involves the whole school community, so do your best to encourage everyone’s participation!
  4. PARTIES AND CELEBRATIONS: Classroom birthday parties and school celebrations are often overflowing with cupcakes, cookies, and other sugary foods. Consider offering fruit and vegetables trays with the sweet treats, and swapping sodas and lemonade for 100% juice and water. Check out these Tips for Healthy Celebrations for more ideas!
  5. EDUCATION: Providing nutrition education at teacher in-service days, Home & School meetings, and student assemblies is an important part of wellness. NDS can be a resource for you by providing information, handouts, and presentations for your wellness event.
  6. FOODS SOLD ON THE SCHOOL CAMPUS: All foods sold to students on the school campus during the school day must meet nutrition standards known as Smart Snacks in School. To verify that a certain food meets these regulations, enter the product information into the Smart Snacks Product Calculator.

Archdiocesan School Wellness Policy

The Archdiocese of Philadelphia recognizes that student wellness, proper nutrition, and regular physical activity are related to a student’s physical well-being, growth, development, and readiness to learn. It also recognizes that schools can provide an environment in which students can learn about and participate in positive dietary and lifestyle practices. The Archdiocese is committed to providing a healthy school environment that promotes these concepts as part of the education of the whole child.

The Archdiocesan School Wellness Policy addresses the nutrient content of food at school, nutrition education, physical activity, and other environmental factors that promote a healthy school environment.
Policy Goals and Resources

Year 1:

  • Create “safe and adequate” environments in which the children can eat and do physical activities.
  • Train staff on the policy, nutrition, and physical activity. (Healthy Staff Meetings)
  • Incorporate healthy messages in and out of the classroom. (Constructive Classroom Rewards)
  • Provide healthy foods at school celebrations and classroom events. (Healthy Celebrations)
  • Educate parents about the Policy and provide nutrition information for food sold at school.

Year 2:

  • Encourage school staff to serve as role models for physical activity.
  • Incorporate physical activity breaks during classroom hours. (Classroom Physical Activity)
  • Sell only the vended and a la carte foods and beverages that support the Policy goals. (Selling Food at School)
  • Engage families and the community by providing them with nutrition education and resources. (Encouraging Community Involvement)
  • Partner with the community to establish programs that support physical activity.

Year 3:

For more information about the School Wellness Policy, contact Jean Falk, RD at jfalk@ndsarch.org.