Model School Nutrition Policy
The Plumsted Board of Education recognizes that child and adolescent obesity has reached epidemic levels in the United States and that poor diet combined with the lack of physical activity negatively impacts on students’ health, and their ability and motivation to learn. The Board is committed to:
- § Providing students with healthy and nutritious foods;
- § Encouraging the consumption of fresh fruits and vegetables, low fat milk and whole grains;
- § Supporting healthy eating through nutrition education;
- § Encouraging students to select and consume all components of the school meal; and.
- § Providing students with the opportunity to engage in daily physical activity.
All reimbursable meals shall meet Federal nutrient standards as required by the U.S. Department of Agriculture Child Nutrition Program regulations.
The following items may not be served, sold or given out as free promotion anywhere on school property at anytime before the end of the school day:
- § Foods of minimal nutritional value (FMNV) as defined by U.S. Department of Agriculture regulations;
- § All food and beverage items listing sugar, in any form, as the first ingredient; and
- § All forms of candy.
All snack and beverage items sold or served anywhere on school property during the school day shall meet the following standards:
1) Based on manufacturer’s nutritional data or nutrient facts labels:
- § No more than eight grams of total fat per serving, with the exception of nuts and seeds.
- § No more than two grams of saturated fat per serving.
2) All beverages shall not exceed 12 ounces, with the following exceptions:
- § Water.
- § Milk containing two percent or less fat.
3) Whole milk shall not exceed eight ounces.
In elementary schools:
- § 100 percent of all beverages offered shall be milk, water or 100 percent fruit or vegetable juices.
In middle and high schools:
- § At least 60 percent of all beverages offered, other than milk and water, shall be 100 percent fruit or vegetable juices.
- § No more than 40 percent of all ice cream/frozen desserts shall be allowed to exceed the above standards for sugar, fat, and saturated fat.
The Plumsted Board of Education is committed to promoting the Nutrition Policy with all food service personnel, teachers, nurses, coaches and other school administrative staff so they have the skills they need to implement this policy and promote healthy eating practices.