Wellness Policy

Adequate Nutrition + Physical Activity = Academic Success

East Kingston Elementary School is concerned with student physical wellbeing. Scientific research indicates a positive relationship between adequate nutrition and physical activity as they relate to academic success.

 You Might be Thinking….."But It’s Just a Cupcake!"

In the past, traditional celebration foods included cupcakes, candy, cookies and soda. So what’s the harm? There is nothing wrong with an occasional treat, but frequent unhealthy choices during parties, treats used as classroom rewards, food fundraisers, vending machines, snacks, and school stores constantly expose children to high-fat, high-sugar, low-nutrient choices.

Keeping celebration foods healthy allows students to learn better and sends them a consistent message. Poor nutrition and lack of physical activity can place students at a higher risk for diseases such as diabetes, obesity, and other health ailments. Federal and state laws mandate that school districts provide students with healthy food choices while in school, whether the students are obtaining food and/or beverages from the Food Service Program, school stores, vending machines or other sources, such as school parties.

Our goal at EKES is to teach and expose students to positive role models and healthy food choices that include the following recommended nutrition guidelines:

When providing snacks, lunches, and communal foods to students, please send nutrient dense foods including whole grains, fresh fruits, vegetables and low fat dairy products. Offer foods of reasonable portion size; fat calories should not exceed 35% of the total calories and sugar content should not exceed 35% by weight. Some exemptions made for nutrient dense foods such as nuts, nut butters, peanut butter and cheese.

Please contact the classroom teacher in advance if you would like to bring food into a classroom.

We are committed to provide an environment that enhances the development of life long wellness practices and ensuring that all students are fit, healthy, and ready to learn. We encourage the extension of this policy into the home setting.

 

Healthy Snack Suggestions

Lowfat yogurt, low-fat pudding, squeezable yogurt, yogurt smoothies

Fresh fruit, kabobs, salads, apple slices with cheese, unsweetened applesauce, fruit smoothies

Dried fruit (raisins, cranberries, banana chips)

 Veggies with low-fat dip or

Peanut butter

Whole grain crackers,pretzels, low-fat popcorn, rice cakes, bread sticks, graham crackers, animal crackers, baked chips, Cherrios

Trail/cereal mix

 

Nuts & Seeds

Low-fat breakfast or granola bars

Low-fat tortilla chips with salsa or bean dip

Low-fat or fat free turkey, bologna, ham, roast beef, chicken breast

Low-fat cubed cheese or string cheese

Fat free or 1% milk, flavored and plain

100% juice, lowfat milk or water

 

 

 

Healthy Snack Rule of Thumb

35% total calories from fat

35% of weight from added sugars