The mission of the Oak Park Wellness Council is to promote and enhance wellness among students, staff and families as outlined in the OPUSD Wellness Policy. This will be done by improving the nutritional value of food sold in the school cafeterias, nutrition and fitness education, physical education and by creating school environments that promote and protect children’s health. This continuing advisory board will monitor and guide program development and curriculum, organize school specific programs, and perform annual evaluations. The goal of the Wellness Council is to instill lifelong healthy habits for all students.
Congress has responded to the increasingly sedentary nature of young people and a significantly obese child population over the last 10-15 years by passing a law requiring all school districts in the U.S. to have a Wellness Policy in place by the 2006-2007 school year. While current and future federal and state guidelines mostly affect district food services (cafeterias), as well as what ASB can and can’t sell in the way of food, each school district is charged with formulating its own policy in the following areas: food sold and offered on campus, nutrition education and physical activity.
OPUSD, along with all of the nation’s school districts, has formed its own Wellness Committee, composed of site and district administrators, teachers, parents, students and community members, to formulate a district-wide Wellness Policy. Part of what the Committee is doing is educating the community that we must establish a policy and gathering the community’s input about what that policy might look like.
All are welcome at the Wellness Council meetings, please join our mailing list for updates and more information. We look forward to seeing you at a meeting!
Jennifer von Schneidau
Meeting Dates 2016-17:
Oct. 11, 2016 - Tuesday 9:00am - 10:30am
Nov. 1, 2016 - Tuesday 9:00am - 10:30am
Dec. 6, 2016 - Tuesday 9:00am - 10:30am
Feb. 7, 2016 - Tuesday 9:00am - 10:30am
Mar. 7, 2016 - Tuesday 9:00am - 10:30am
Apr. 4, 2016 - Tuesday 9:00am - 10:30am
May 9, 2016 - Tuesday 9:00am - 10:30am
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