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Overview

Rationale: In June of 2004 Congress passed a law (the Child Nutrition and WIC Reauthorization Act of 2004) which requires school districts to develop a local wellness policy. Additionally, the State of Illinois passed its own similar, more comprehensive legislation. The objectives of both policies are to improve the school nutrition environment, promote student health and reduce childhood obesity.

The link between nutrition and learning is well documented. Healthy eating patterns are essential for students to achieve their full academic potential, full physical and mental growth and lifelong health and well-being. Healthy eating is demonstrably linked to reduced risk for mortality and development of many chronic diseases. Schools and school communities have a responsibility to help students acquire the knowledge and skills necessary to establish and maintain lifelong healthy eating patterns. Well-planned and well implemented wellness programs have been shown to positively influence children’s health.

This plan supports the mission of Community Unit School District 95 as it promotes life-long wellness behaviors and links health nutrition and exercise to students’ and staff overall well being, scholastic and professional performance as well as overall readiness to learn.

 
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