Healthy schools produce healthy students. Healthy schools and school districts are those that support good nutrition and physical activity as part of a total learning environment.
Recent state legislation requires school districts to develop wellness policies and to set goals for nutrition education, physical activity, food service, and other school-based activities designed to promote student wellness. In addition, districts must involve a broad group of individuals in policy development and to have a plan for measuring success.
The Issaquah School District recently adopted a new nutrition policy and has taken steps to increase the nutritional value of school lunches. The District will establish guidelines for foods and beverages sold by the food service program and those sold in vending machines, snack bars, school stores, and school-sponsored fundraising events. Students will have opportunities for physical activity and appropriate exercise and accurate information on nutrition and wellness will be available.
A Nutrition Procedures Committee of students, parents, and staff began their work in November 2005 to evaluate the district's current nutrition guidelines, suggest improvements, and guide the District's adoption of its new nutrition policy. They met regularly between November 2005 and February 2006.