Healthier Perth Amboy


Schools and Childcare

 

SCHOOLS

HEALTHY SCHOOLS

Objective: Optimizing the school environment so that students are healthier, eat better and are more active (includes pre-K, elementary, middle, high school and
college)

Policies

  • Establish a health-and-wellness council that meets
    regularly at the school.
  • Establish, implement, and strengthen district and school wellness policies to increase access to healthy foods, physical activity, nutrition education and school-based wellness activities.
  • Enforce a tobacco-free campus.
  • Stop using unhealthy foods for school fundraisers and replace them with healthy foods (or don’t use food at all)
  • Limit vending machine access during the school day and stock machines with healthy snacks.
  • Prohibit soda and other sugar-sweetened beverages on campus, including soda brought in from home.
  • Redesign the school lunchroom to nudge students into choosing healthier foods.
  • Discontinue using food and food coupons as rewards or incentives by teachers or school staff.
  • Prohibit unhealthy food and beverage advertisements (e.g., sodas, sweets, etc.) on school grounds.
  • Update cafeteria equipment to support provision of healthier foods.
  • Celebrate birthdays and other events involving food once a month only.
  • Integrate physical activity into daily lesson plans —outside of physical education class.
  • Incorporate nutrition education into the curriculum beyond health education.
  • Never use physical activity as a punishment.
  • Require that students are physically active during the majority of time in physical education class.
  • Require 150 minutes per week (elementary schools) and 225 minutes per week (middle and high schools) of physical activity for all students.
  • Require twenty minutes of recess daily for students in elementary school.
  • Offer recess before lunch (elementary school only).

 

Programs

  • Make free tap water readily available for school lunch.
  • Promote healthy food choices for classroom snacks and celebrations, and for school events.
  • Participate in health-based fitness assessment (e.g.
    Presidential Youth Fitness Program and FITNESSGRAM ® assessment) and support individualized self-improvement plans. (See presidentschallenge.org)
  • Implement a Safe Routes to School Program , encourage regular walk and bike to school days, and incorporate walking and bicycling into the curriculum (see
    saferoutesnj.org)
  • Receive Bronze Award or above from the NJ Safe Routes to School Program saferoutesnj.org
  • Encourage youth to use seat belts, bicycle helmets, and motorcycle helmets, and not drive while distracted or
    under the influence of alcohol or drugs
  • Implement programs and policies to prevent abuse,
    bullying, violence, and social exclusion, build social
    connectedness, and promote positive mental and
    emotional health
  • Ensure students have access to comprehensive health services, including mental health, drug and substance abuse and counseling services.
  • Receive Bronze Award or above in Alliance for a Healthier Generation Healthy Schools Program.
  • Create a Farm-to-School Program.
  • Plant and maintain a school vegetable garden.
  • Establish a program to train teachers and school leaders on teaching mindfulness skills to students (e.g., MindUP™).
  • School environment promotes healthy lifestyle for school staff.

 

CHILDCARE CENTERS
Objective: In Development

  • Require childcare centers and after-school programs to offer healthy food and beverages, provide opportunities for physical activity, limit television viewing and support breastfeeding for children in their care.
  • Require childcare and after school programs – as a condition of licensing – to meet
    evidence-based standards for nutrition, physical activity and TV viewing.
  • Ensure childcare providers receive training in child nutrition, physical activity and TV time limitations.
  • Strengthen licensing standards for early learning centers to include nutritional requirements for foods and beverages served (local government) implement breastfeeding policies and
    programs.