Did you know...
- A major challenge to serving healthier school meals is a lack of appropriate facilities to prepare and serve healthy meals?
- As of Fall 2007, every NJ school district/sponsor adopted a school nutrition policy consistent with the New Jersey Department of Agriculture's Model School Nutrition Policy?
- School Wellness/Health Councils, made up of parents, youth, educators and other community members, provide advice and support in implementing school wellness policies and creating healthy, active school environments?
- NJ has core curriculum content standards requiring that students have a minimum of 150 minutes of Health, Physical Education (PE) and Safety education per week in grades 1 through 12.
- It is recommended that elementary school students have 150 minutes and middle and high school students have 225 minutes of physical education per week for the entire school year.
- A comprehensive physical activity program for schools will help students meet the recommended 60 minutes of physical activity per day and avoiding long periods of inactivity.
ShapingNJ works in the school setting to help schools serve healthy meals and keep their students active.
Support the efforts of schools to serve healthy and child-friendly meals and snacks.
- Increase the amount of money schools receive to provide meals for students so that schools can purchase more fruits, vegetables and other nutrient-rich foods and beverages.
- Ensure that schools have equipment, trained staff and /or resources to plan and prepare healthy, child-friendly meals and snacks.
Strengthen state and local school wellness policies and facilitate policy implementation and monitoring in every school through strong school wellness councils.
- Enhance the best-practice standards in the New Jersey School Nutrition/Wellness Policy to increase access to healthy foods, physical activity, nutrition education and school-based wellness activities.
- Encourage active wellness councils in each school, with support and guidance from the school district and broad representation from the community and the school.
Involve all students in high-quality physical education programs and additional physical activity throughout the school day.
- Physical education is a curriculum-based program that teaches skills for maintaining an active lifestyle and provides time for physical activity.
- Additional opportunities for physical activity include recess, classroom activity breaks and before- and after-school programs.
ShapingNJ's work can be seen around the state. Some of the highlights include:
- The NJ Department of Education and Department of Health are implementing a Coordinated School Health Program (CSHP) in over 40 schools that encourages the formation of school wellness councils to increase healthy food options and physical activity opportunities for students.
- Rutgers Cooperative Extension and the NJ Department of Agriculture held 3 regional trainings for school foodservice staff to assist schools in providing greater access to healthier foods in schools.
- Rutgers Cooperative Extension and the NJ Department of Agriculture are also working with 9 schools to build school gardens projects supported by interactive lessons/activities.
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