What is a district wellness policy?
District wellness policies focus on improving health and preventing childhood obesity. The goal is to create a school environment that includes healthy food choices and encourages physical activity as well as other wellness activities.
Why do districts need a wellness policy?
District wellness policies are required for all schools participating in USDA’s Child Nutrition Programs – school breakfast, school lunch or the after-school snack program. Any district with one of these programs was required to have a wellness policy in. View our current wellness policy and supplemental documents. View the highlights of Laveen’s wellness policy.
USDA requires all districts to assess their wellness policy at least once every three years for compliance and progress. View the assessment.
Coordinated School Health Model
Health and education affect individuals, society, and the economy. Schools are a perfect setting to collaborate on how best to influence healthier future choices for all. Schools are one of the most efficient systems for reaching children and youth to provide health services and programs. At the same time, integrating health services and programs more deeply into the day-to-day life of schools and students represents an untapped tool for raising academic achievement and improving learning. Below is the model that calls for the integration and collaboration between health and education to improve each child’s cognitive, physical, social, and emotional development.
- Health Education
- Health Services
- Physical Education
- Nutrition Services
- Social/Emotional Wellness
- Healthy and Safe School Environments
- Staff Wellness
- Family and Community Involvement
Members of the Laveen Wellness Committee include the Laveen Child Nutrition Department, dietitians, nutritionists, teachers, behavioral staff, instructional coaches, fitness instructors, coordinators, Maricopa County Department of Public Health, parents, and more. Are you looking to join the conversation? Do you have a passion for health and wellness? Email Angela Gomez.
Meetings Notes and Agendas
|February 24, 2020||Agenda||Minutes|
|January 13, 2020||Agenda||Minutes|
|November 6, 2019||Agenda||Minutes|
|October 1, 2019||Agenda||Minutes|
|September 9, 2019||Agenda||Minutes|
All foods sold at school during the school day are required to meet nutrition standards. The Smart Snacks in School regulation applies to foods sold a la carte, in the school store, vending machines, and any other venues where food is sold to students.
A number of tools and resources are available to help schools identify food items that meet Smart Snacks criteria. See the resources below for information about the Smart Snacks requirement, helpful tools, and ways to encourage children to make healthier snack choices that give them the nutrition they need to grow and learn.
Info for Teachers and Staff
Visit our Intranet for information.
Info for Parents
Local Food and Recipes
Buying local has several benefits including knowing where you food is coming from, knowing that it will last longer, and it will boost the economy.Buying local does not have to be expensive. Many local farmers market have equivalent prices to supermarkets and other grocery stores. Some farmer’s markets also accept WIC and SNAP benefits.
Goodfoodfinderaz.com – Find where to buy local foods.
Closest Farmers Markets to Laveen Elementary School District
|Mountain Park Health Clinic at Baseline
635 E Baseline Rd.
Mondays 8 a.m. to Noon
|Mountain Park Health Center, Maryvale Clinic
6601 W. Thomas Rd.
Tuesdays 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Phoenix Public Market