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Health & Wellness Policy

Divine Destiny School

Health & Wellness Policy


Overview


Children need access to healthy foods and opportunities to be physically active in order to grow, learn, and thrive. Good health fosters good student attendance and academic performance. Obesity rates have doubled in children and tripled in adolescents over the last two decades, and physical inactivity and excessive calorie intake are the predominant causes of obesity. 

Heart disease, cancer, stroke, and diabetes are responsible for two-thirds of deaths in the United States.


The purpose of this policy is to encourage all members of our school community to create an environment that supports lifelong healthy habits. Decisions made in all school programming need to reflect and promote positive messages regarding nutrition and physical activity. Thus, protecting each child's health, well-being, and ability to learn by supporting healthy eating and physical activity.


Divine Destiny School’s Nutrition Education Guidelines


Divine Destiny School understands that the primary goal of nutrition education is to influence the behaviors of our students’ by enhancing their knowledge as well as their skills to help them make healthy eating choices. We will provide nutrition education which can be integrated into all subject areas.  We will provide opportunities for students to practice skills in order to foster lifelong healthy eating habits.


The policy at Divine Destiny School is to:


1. Integrate nutrition into health education and other core subjects such as math, science, language arts and health.

2. Provide a positive environment and appropriate knowledge regarding food.

3. Provide and only allow healthy snacks for students snack time.

4. Encourage staff and students to utilize healthy and nutritious food choices when using food as part of class or student incentive programs.

5. Reduce student access to foods of minimal nutritious value.

6. Encourage staff and students to seek out nutritious choices whenever appropriate when curricular-based food experiences are planned.


Divine Destiny Schools’ Physical Activity Guidelines


Divine Destiny School will seek to provide opportunities for students to develop the knowledge and skills for specific physical activities. These activities would include (but are not limited to): maintain physical fitness, ensure the students’ regular participation in physical activity and to teach short- and long-term benefits of a physically active and healthy lifestyle.

The policy at Divine Destiny School is to:


1. Provide opportunities for physical activity through a range of programs including but not limited to, physical activity clubs, group exercise challenges, participation on athletic teams.

2. Give students opportunities for activity engagement through physical education classes and or recess and integrate physical activity into the academic curriculum.

3. Encourage those in our school community to promote enjoyable, lifelong physical activity among students.

4. Encourage parents and guardians to model physical activity for their children and incorporate it into their family events, with the goal of making it apart of their daily lifestyles.


Divine Destiny Schools’ School-Wide Activities


School-wide activities would serve the purpose of creating a total environment that is conducive to healthy eating while encouraging students to be physically active. 


The policy at Divine Destiny School is to:


1. Encourage the entire student body to participate in the School Nutrition program.

2. Provide a clean, safe and enjoyable meal environment for students with minimum wait times.

3. Provide opportunities for on-going professional training and development for employees and students in the areas of nutrition and physical activity.

4. Make drinking fountains available to students so that they can get water during meals and throughout the day.

5. Encourage healthy eating both in and outside of our school day by those in our school community and to serve as role models while practicing healthy eating as well as being physically fit.


Divine Destiny School’s Nutrition Promotion


We realize the importance of promoting healthy food and snacks as a priority, as well as showing videos, displaying posters and sharing any literature in an effort to teach nutrition. Therefore, it is our primary goal to promote nutrition education in an effort to: provide opportunities for students to receive exposure to nutritional meals, ideas, healthy foods and nutritional strategies.


The policy at Divine Destiny School is to:


1. Offer non-food related rewards and incentives that may include serving as student teacher for the day or a pass for no homework.

2. Provide a well-balanced breakfast and lunch to all students.

3. Take students on field trips which would visit nutrition related organizations or companies.



Nutrition Guidelines


Proper nutrition promotes the optimal cognitive, emotional, social and spiritual growth and development of children. 


Benefits of Healthy Eating


•Helps prevent high cholesterol and high blood pressure and reduce the risk of   

   developing chronic diseases such as diabetes, cancer and cardiovascular disease.


•Helps to reduce one’s risk for developing obesity, osteoporosis, iron deficiency and dental 

   cavities.


•Fosters good student attendance and academic performance.


Consequences of Poor Diet


•Increases the risk for lung, esophageal, stomach, colorectal and prostate cancers.


•Leads to energy imbalance (e.g. Eating more calories than what is expended through physical 

   activity) and increases one’s risk for obesity. 


•Sugar-sweetened beverages can result in weight gain and obesity.


•Consuming fast foods one or more times per week increase the risk of weight gain and 

    obesity.

•Hunger and food insecurity (i.e., reduced food intake and disrupted eating patterns due to a 

   Households’ lack of money and other resources for food) may increase the risk for lower 

   dietary quality and under-nutrition. Thus, under-nutrition can negatively affect overall health, 

   cognitive development and academic performance.


Eating Behaviors of Young People


•Most do not meet the recommendations for eating 2 ½ to 6 ½ cups of fruits and vegetables 

   each day


•Most do not eat the minimum recommended maximum daily intake of whole grains (2-3 

   ounces each day)


•Eat more than the recommended maximum daily intake of sodium (1,500-2,300 mg each day)


•Empty calories from added sugars and solid fats contribute to 40% of daily calories for 

   children and adolescents aged 2-18 years, affecting the overall quality of their diets. 

   Approximately half of these empty calories come from six sources:

a. Soda

b. Fruit drinks

c. Dairy desserts

d. Grain desserts

e. Pizza

f. Whole milk


•Adolescents drink more full-calorie soda per day than milk. Males aged 12-19 years old 

   drink an average of 22 ounces of full-calorie soda per day, which is twice their intake of 

   fluid milk (10 ounces), and females drink an average of 14 ounces if full-calorie soda and 

   only 6 ounces of fluid milk.


Diet & Academic Performance


•Eating a healthy breakfast is associated with improved cognitive function (especially 

   memory), reduced absenteeism and improved mood.


Prevention


•The dietary and physical activity behaviors of children and adolescents are influenced by 

   many sectors of society, including families, communities, schools, child care settings, 

   medical care providers, faith-based institutions, government agencies, the media and the 

   food and beverage industries and entertainment industries.


•Healthy lifestyle habits, including healthy eating and physical activity can lower the risk of 

   becoming obese and developing related diseases.


•Schools play a particularly critical role by establishing a safe and supportive environment 

   with policies and practices that support healthy behaviors. Schools also provide 

   opportunities for students to learn about and practice positive behaviors such as eating and 

   physical activity.