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USD 251 Wellness Policy

Taken from the Kansas Wellness Policy Guidelines:

Good nutrition during the school years is vitally important for helping children grow strong, succeed in school and establish healthy habits for a lifetime. Sadly, the current eating habits of many American children are falling short of the mark.
 More than 60 percent of children and adolescents in the United States eat too much fat and saturated fat and not enough fruits and vegetables.
 Only 39 percent of children eat enough fiber (found in fruits and vegetables, whole grains, and legumes such as lentils, chick peas and black beans).
 85 percent of American females do not consume enough calcium. During the past 25 years, consumption of milk, the largest source of calcium, decreased 36 percent among adolescent females.
 At the same time, average daily soft drink consumption doubled among adolescent girls, increasing from 6 to 11 ounces, and almost tripled among adolescent boys, from 7 to 19 ounces.
 Between 18 and 20 percent of calories consumed by children and adolescents come from added sugars. The Dietary Guidelines for Americans express concern that consuming excess calories from foods high in added sugars may contribute to weight gain or lower consumption of more healthful foods.
 Poor eating habits may prevent American children from reaching their full potential. For example, research suggests that skipping breakfast can affect children’s intellectual performance. Studies have also shown that students who participated in a school breakfast program were more likely to improve their school grades, classroom behavior, and psychological well-being than their peers who did not participate in the program.

Schools alone cannot solve the nutritional problems of children. It will take the combined efforts of families, schools, communities, government agencies, health providers, the food industry and the media to make significant progress. However, schools do play an especially critical role.

In accordance with Federal and State law, we are presenting information to allow you to see how USD 251 is doing in our commitment to the well being of our students.

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