Goal: Nutrition education will be behavior-focused and integrated into the curriculum for clients at The New Foundation Marion Burton School. It is designed to equip clients/students with the knowledge, skills and motivation to support a lifetime of healthy eating and exercise based on current research and theories.
Instructional Program Design:
Nutrition education shall be designed to help client/students learn:
- Nutritional knowledge, including, but not limited to the benefits of healthy eating, essential nutrients, nutritional deficiencies, principles of healthy weight management and the safe use and misuse of dietary supplements.
- Nutrition-related skills, including but not limited to planning a healthy meal, understanding and using food labels and critically evaluating nutrition information, misinformation and commercial food advertising.
- How to assess one’s personal eating habits, set goals for improvement and achieve those goals
- And last, but not least, how to start each day with a healthy breakfast
Staff responsible (e.g. therapists, nurses, teachers, medical practitioners) shall be adequately prepared and regularly participate in professional development activities to effectively deliver the nutritional, educational and exercise planned programs. Staff will be skilled in program-specific activities and instructional techniques
- School instructional staff shall collaborate with agencies and groups conducting nutrition education in the community to send consistent messages to clients/students and their families. Guest speakers invited to address clients/students shall receive appropriate orientation to the relevant policies of The New Foundation.
- School/agency staff should disseminate information to parents, clients/students and staff about community programs that offer nutritional assistance to families.
- School/agency staff are encouraged to model healthy eating behaviors. The New Foundation will offer WELLNESS programs that include personalized instruction about healthy eating and physical activity.
- The food service efforts at The New Foundation shall be closely coordinated with nutrition instruction. Food service staff shall work closely with those responsible for other components of the school health/exercise programs to achieve common goals. Comprehensive health education standards should be implemented throughout the entire school environment.
PHYSICAL ACTIVITY AND A HEALTHY SCHOOL ENVIRONMENT:
Goal: All students will be encouraged to participate in physical activity.
Recommendations for Physical Activity:
- Physical education courses should be environmental in which students learn, practice and are assessed on developmentally appropriate motor skills, social skills and knowledge.
- Physical education includes the instruction of individual activities, as well as competitive and non-competitive team sports to encourage life-long physical activity.
- Physical activity involves bodily movement that results in an expenditure of energy of at least a moderate intensity level and for duration sufficient to provide a significant health benefit for students.
- Time allocated for physical activity will be consistent with research, nation and state standards.
- Extended periods of inactivity (periods of two or more hours) are discouraged.
Recommendations for Physical Education During the Normal School Day:
- Ensure that qualified personnel facilitate all physical education activities
- Provide an adequate amount of time for physical education classes. For middle and high school students the total time provided should be at least 225 minutes per week. (The New Foundation currently provides 300 minutes per week).
- Ensure that physical education activities have a teacher/client/student ratio comparable with other classes.
- Ensure that clients/students are moderately to vigorously active at least 50% of the time while participating in physical education activities.
- Provide a physical and social environment that encourages safe and enjoyable activity for all clients/students, including those who are not athletically gifted.
- Prohibit the use of physical activity as a punishment, the withholding of participation in physical education as punishment or the use of physical education activity time to complete assignments from other classes.
- Ensure there is adequate equipment and space available for all students to participate in physical education.
- Information should be available to provide families with information to incorporate physical activity in their lives after discharge from The New Foundation’s programs.
GUIDELINES FOR SCHOOL MEALS:
Goal: The school meals will comply with USDA Regulations.
Schools participating in the National School Lunch Program (NSLP) are required to serve meals to clients/students that meet federal program regulation and nutrition standards. Meals must also be consistent with 2000 Dietary guidelines for Americans, including serving a variety of foods: grain products, vegetables and fruits, meals that are moderate in sugar and salt, no more than 30% calories from fat and provide on average over each school week at least one third of the Recommended Dietary Allowance (RDA) for protein, iron, calcium, and vitamins A and C. Breakfast must provide on average over each school week at least one fourth of the RDA for protein, iron calcium and vitamins A and C.
Quality School Meals:
The New Foundation will offer breakfast, lunch, dinner and a bedtime snack.
Meals served will:
- Be appealing and attractive to children
- Be served in clean and pleasant settings
- Meet, at a minimum, nutrition requirements established by local, state and federal statutes and regulations.
- Offer a variety of fruit and vegetables
- Serve only low fat (1%) and fat-free milk and nutritionally equivalent non-dairy alternatives (to be defined by USDA).
- Ensure that all of the served grains are whole grain
Clients/students will be given the opportunity to provide input on local, cultural and ethnic preferences.
Qualifications of School Food Service Staff:
Qualified nutrition professionals will administer the school meal program. The New Foundation utilizes a Food Service Management Company (FSMC). Food service staff that is properly qualified according to current professional standards and regularly participate in professional development activities will administer the Child Nutrition Program (CNP).Staff development should include appropriate certification and/or training programs for child nutrition directors, school nutrition managers and assistants, according to their levels of responsibility.
Sharing of Food and Beverages:
It is the policy of The New Foundation that clients/students do not share their foods or beverages with one another during meal or snack times, given concerns about food allergies and other restrictions on some children’s diets.
Other Health Food Options:
- Food will not be sold on The New Foundation’s campus except those sold for fund-raising activities
- Food sales, food brought into the classrooms and food offered at school functions will not be encouraged or promoted if they have sugar listed as the main ingredient.
- Food beverages of minimal nutritional value should not be utilized in competition with meals served in the facility dining room.
To support children’s health and school nutrition-education efforts, school fund-raising activities will not involve food or will use only foods that are approved by the school wellness committee and school food service staff. The New Foundation will encourage fund-raising activities that promote physical activity.
The New Foundation will not use food of little nutritional value or sparingly use appropriate foods was rewards for academic performance or good behavior and will not withhold food or beverages (including regularly scheduled meals) as a punishment
The New Foundation will limit celebrations that involve food during the school day to no more than one party per class per month. Each party should include not more than one food or beverage that does not meet nutrition standards for foods and beverages.
Adequate Eating Space and Time and Appropriate Use of Foods
- Clients/Students and staff shall have adequate space to eat meals in pleasant surroundings and shall have adequate time to eat, relax and socialize. Safe drinking water and convenient access to facilities for hand washing must be available during all meal periods. It is suggested clients/students are allowed at a minimum 20 minutes for breakfast and 30 minutes for lunch and dinner from the time they enter the dining room.
- Rewards and incentives for academic performance should be given careful consideration as to the messages they send to clients/students receiving them. If food is included in recognition of academic performance, it should be used in the general celebration of the achievement not as the reward.
- Food shall not be withheld from clients/students as a punishment.
Food Safety will be a key part of the school service operation:
- Food for use in classroom parties should be ordered from the food service department or approved by the food service department.
- Handling of food for school event must follow applicable local state standards concerning health, safe food preparation, handing and storage.
- Handling of food by other than food personnel must be under the supervision of food service personnel and strict hand washing policies must be adhered to.