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    The SPS School Wellness Task Force

    The Seattle School District formed a School Wellness Task Force in the 1st quarter of 2014 to review, revise, monitor, communicate and evaluate policies and procedures governing school food, competitive foods, nutrition education, physical education and physical activity. 

    The Taskforce was divided into 2 subcommittees, one focusing on Nutrition (School Food andCompetitive Foods) and the other focusing on Physical Education and Health Literacy (Physical Education, Physical Activity & Nutrition Education).

    The Nutrition subcommittee includes parents of elementary through high school aged students, community members and district employees.

    The group has affiliations with many community organizations including but not limited to: University of Washington, Solid Ground, Public Health – Seattle and King County, US Public Health Services, IUOE Local 609, WSU King County Extension Food $ense Program and Washington State Food and Nutrition Council. Click here to see a complete roster of the Nutrition subcommittee.

    The Physical Education and Health Literacy subcommittee members include parents of school aged children, current educators, retired educators, district employees and community members.

    The group has affiliations to CK Consulting, Row to the Future, Flagship Foundation, Seattle Children's Hospital, Seattle Parks and Recreation, Public Health Seattle and King County, Solid Ground, Seattle Nutrition Action Consortium, Seattle Indian Health Board, and Healthy King County Coalition.

    The PE committee places importance on engaging a variety of stakeholders in the policy process.  Its members have collectively reached out to associates of their organizations, affiliates within Seattle Schools, and community members to gather insight and support for policy direction.  The committee remains charged with continued community engagement among diverse populations to ensure that the policy addresses the needs of all the populations that SPS serves.

    Click here to see a complete roster of the Physical Education and Health Literacy subcommittee.

    Background

    In December, 2010, the US Congress and President Obama passed the Healthy, Hunger Free Kids Act of 2010, setting in motion major changes in the foods available to students both in school cafeterias and on school grounds during the school day.  Districts who receive federal funding from the National School Lunch Program and School Breakfast Program are required to establish Wellness Committees. The main charge of the Wellness Committee is to update the district’s Local Wellness Policies, an important tool for parents, local education agencies (LEAs) and school districts in promoting student wellness, preventing and reducing childhood obesity, and providing assurance that school meal nutrition guidelines meet the minimum federal school meal standards.   Section 204 of the Healthy Hunger Free Kids Act of 2010, expands the scope of wellness policies; brings in additional stakeholders in its development, implementation and review; and requires public updates on the content and implementation of the wellness policies.

    Current SPS Wellness Policies and Procedures

    The following policies and procedures represent the Seattle School District's Wellness Policies.

    • Food Service Policy and Procedure
    • Distribution of Competitive Foods Policy and Procedure
    • Physical Education Policy
    • Nutrition Education and Nutrition Promotion Policy and Procedure 

    Visit the School Board pages to view Policies and Procedure.

    Meeting Minutes to Date

    The following are minutes from the Recess Subcommittee Task Force meetings.

    April 20, 2015

    April 1, 2015

    March 24, 2015

    The following are minutes from the Nutrition Subcommittee Task Force meetings.

    May 27, 2015 (joint meeting with PE/PA)

    March 11, 2015

    February 25, 2015

    January 16, 2015

    April 22, 2014

    April 1, 2014

    March 19, 2014

    March 11, 2014

    February 25, 2014 

    February 11, 2014

    February 4, 2014

    January 23, 2014 

    The following are minutes from the Physical Education and Health Literacy Task Force meetings.

    May 27, 2015 (joint meeting with Nutrition)

    April 22, 2015

    February 25, 2015

    January 28, 2015

    December 4, 2014

    June 17, 2014

    June 3, 2014

    May 20, 2014

    April 22, 2014

    March 25, 2014

    March 11, 2014

    February 25, 2014

    February 13, 2014

    February 4, 2014

    January 21, 2014 

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