Wellness Committee question

Posted on: Fri, 09/21/2007 - 4:40am
mcmom's picture
Joined: 06/15/2004 - 09:00

If your school has a wellness committe, what exactly does the committee do, and how do any of their activies/actions/etc affect FA students?

I see a lot of posts here that mention them, and make reference to the committee setting policies wrt food in the schools. Our school does not have one, and if there is a way that starting one would benefit FA students I would like to get one started. We have a new PTA president who is proactive, so this is a good time. Any info on this subject would be appreciated! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]

Posted on: Fri, 09/21/2007 - 11:40pm
Greenlady's picture
Joined: 06/30/2004 - 09:00

We don't have a wellness committee, but I think they are forming as a result of new USDA guidelines on healthy schools.
Which I think is great - I'd much rather tackle the "cupcake" issue as a general wellness issue rather than cause of allergies!

Posted on: Wed, 09/26/2007 - 2:45am
MFA Mom's picture
Joined: 08/31/2007 - 09:00

I don't know if we have a committee or not, I think we do and I think it is main PTO board members.
the wellness policy is helping to reduce the treats brought in "just because" and for class activities that parents particpate with. Very nice to have it cited as a wellness issue than an allergy issue!!!!

Posted on: Thu, 09/27/2007 - 7:28am
perpetually perplexed's picture
Joined: 02/12/2005 - 09:00

All schools should have a Wellness program in place as of June 2006.
This is a copy of the law:
Section 204 of Public Law 108-265

Posted on: Thu, 09/27/2007 - 8:01am
MFA Mom's picture
Joined: 08/31/2007 - 09:00

Hey, MCMom will you email me when you get a chance? Wanted to catch up with you, but I don't have your email anymore!

Posted on: Fri, 10/05/2007 - 7:29am
MarkiesMom's picture
Joined: 02/23/2006 - 09:00

I'm on our school's wellness committee ( I volunteered as a parent and as a Registered Dietitian). I'm also a member of my state's AFHK (Action for Healthy Kids) team as a professional. My dd school's committee comprises of myself, the principal, and the P.E. teacher. We've met twice since the committee's formation: the first time during a district wide informational meeting to introduce this program, and the second time, I met with my dd's principal to give her ideas about what changes we could slowly make in the school. Here's my take on the whole thing: if your principal really buys into this program, then great strides can be made to make the school a healthier environment. However, many principals don't see the value or just don't want to take the time for this program, and will do only the minimum which is required of them. I do agree that getting involved with the PTA can help -- most have a "health chair" that needs to be filled. My PTA president last year didn't even know that this position existed. I was pretty gung-ho about getting involved with my dd's school -- and now I see it's going to be a slow process to make changes.

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