Central Park East II’s School Wellness Policies on Physical Activity and Nutrition
CPE II is committed to providing a school environment that promotes and protects children’s health, well-being, and ability to learn by encouraging students to adopt lifelong habits that promote a healthy lifestyle.
We have a created a physical activity and nutrition policy because:
Children need access to healthful foods and opportunities to be physically active in order to grow, learn, and thrive.
Good health fosters student attendance and education.
According to a NYC Department of Health survey of K-5 students, 24% are obese and 19% are overweight. Physical inactivity and excessive calorie intake are the predominant causes of obesity.
Heart disease, cancer, stroke, and diabetes are responsible for two-thirds of deaths in the United States, and major risk factors for those diseases, including unhealthy eating habits, physical inactivity, and obesity, often are established in childhood.
Only 2% of children (2 to 19 years) eat a healthy diet consistent with the five main recommendations from the Food Guide Pyramid.
School community participation is essential to the development and implementation of successful school wellness policies.
Therefore, it is the policy of Central Park East II that:
The school will engage students, parents, teachers, food service professionals, health professionals, and other interested community members in developing, implementing, monitoring, and reviewing school-wide nutrition and physical activity policies.
All students will have opportunities, support, and encouragement to be physically active on a regular basis.
School will provide nutrition education and physical education to foster lifelong habits of healthy eating and physical activity, and will establish linkages between health education and school meal programs, and with related community services.
TO ACHIEVE THESE POLICY GOALS:
I. School Wellness Council
The school wellness council consists of a group of individuals representing the school and community. It includes parents, students, a representative from the Office of School Food, school administrators, teachers, and health professionals. The school will develop, implement, monitor, review, and, as necessary, revise school nutrition and physical activity policies. The council will also serve as a resource to the school community.
II. Foods and Beverages
Breakfast and Lunch To ensure that all children have breakfast, either at home or at school, in order to meet their nutritional needs and enhance their ability to learn:
CPE II will encourage participation in the School Breakfast Program.
CPE II will notify parents and students of the availability of the School Breakfast Program.
CPE II will encourage parents to provide a healthy breakfast for their children through newsletter articles, take-home materials, or other means.
Snacks. Snacks served during the school day or in after-school care or enrichment programs will make a positive contribution to children’s diets and health, with an emphasis on serving fruits and vegetables as the primary snacks and water as the primary beverage. Therefore foods and beverages consumed by students as a should comply with the following:
Allowed: water, low-fat milks, drinks with 100% fruit juice (including a mix of water and juice with no added sugar.)
Not allowed: Quarter drinks (red, blue waters), soft drinks, sports drinks (Gatorade, Powerade, etc.), Vitamin Water, etc.
Flavored milks, such as chocolate mile, are considered a treat. Students in PreK through 1st grade should not bring these to school at all. Students in grades 2 and up can have flavored milks only on Fridays, as a treat.
Allowed: nuts, dried fruits, fresh fruits & vegetables, string cheese, rice cakes, crackers, pretzels, popcorn, low-fat yogurt.
Not allowed: high-fat, high-sugar junk foods such as: all types of candy, chips, pudding and cookies. Please note that although there are healthy fruit snacks, granola/cereal and nutrition bars, we ask that students not bring any snack bars to school. We cannot monitor these in the school setting.
Fundraising Activities. To support children’s health and school nutrition-education efforts, the school community will not use any fundraising programs that undermine the school nutrition program.
Rewards/Punishments. CPE II will not use foods or beverages, especially those that do not meet the nutrition standards for foods and beverages (above), as rewards for academic performance or good behavior, and will not withhold food or beverages (including food served through school meals) as a punishment, nor will recess be withheld from any student, unless their recess behavior poses a safety problem for students. 1
Celebrations. CPE II will limit celebrations that involve food during the school day. Each party should include no more than one food or beverage that does not meet nutrition standards for foods and beverages. The school will disseminate a list of healthy party ideas to parents and teachers.
School-sponsored Events, such as, but not limited to, athletic events, dances, or performances. Foods and beverages offered or sold at school-sponsored events outside the school day will meet the nutrition standards for meals or for foods and beverages.
III. Nutrition and Physical Activity Promotion and Food Marketing
Nutrition Education CPE II aims to teach, encourage, and support healthy eating by students. The school will provide nutrition education at each grade level as part of a sequential, comprehensive, standards-based program designed to provide students with the knowledge and skills necessary to promote lifelong healthy eating habits.
Integrating Physical Activity into the Classroom Setting. For students to receive the nationally-recommended amount of daily physical activity (i.e., at least 60 minutes per day) and for students to fully embrace regular physical activity as a personal behavior, students need opportunities for physical activity beyond physical education class. Toward that end:
classroom health education will complement physical education by reinforcing the knowledge and self-management skills needed to maintain a physically-active lifestyle and to reduce time spent on sedentary activities, such as watching television;
opportunities for physical activity will be incorporated into other subject lessons; and
classroom teachers will provide short physical activity breaks between lessons or classes, as appropriate.
Communication with Parents. The school will support parents’ efforts to provide a healthy diet and daily physical activity for their children. The school will offer healthy eating seminars for parents, send home nutrition information, post nutrition tips on school websites, and provide nutrient analyses of school menus. Schools should encourage parents to pack healthy lunches and snacks and to refrain from including beverages and foods that do not meet the above nutrition standards for individual foods and beverages. The school will provide parents a list of foods that meet the district’s snack standards and ideas for healthy celebrations/parties, and fundraising activities. In addition, the school will provide opportunities for parents to share their healthy food practices with others in the school community.
The school will provide information about physical education and other school-based physical activity opportunities before, during, and after the school day; and support parents’ efforts to provide their children with opportunities to be physically active outside of school. Such supports will include sharing information about physical activity and physical education through a website, newsletter, or other take-home materials, special events, or physical education homework.
CPE II highly values the health and well-being of every staff member and will plan and implement activities and policies that support personal efforts by staff to maintain a healthy lifestyle. A staff wellness committee will be created. The committee should develop, promote, and oversee a multifaceted plan to promote staff health and wellness. The plan should be based on input solicited from school staff and should outline ways to encourage healthy eating, physical activity, and other elements of a healthy lifestyle among school staff. The staff wellness committee should distribute its plan to the school health council annually.
IV. Physical Activity Opportunities and Physical Education Daily Recess. All CPE II students will have two periods of recess, one before morning lineup (from 8:00 to 8:20 am) and one before or after lunch, during which moderate to vigorous physical activity will be encouraged through the provision of space and equipment. In collaboration with Asphalt Green, CPE II will continue and expand its participation in the Recess Enhancement Program (REP), which provides instruction in non-competitive sports activities to students and to school personnel involved in recess.
Swimming: In collaboration with Asphalt Green, CPE II students will continue weekly swim instruction for 2nd graders in the “Waterproofing Program.”
Ice Skating: CPE II students in PreK, Kindergarten and First Grade will continue weekly ice-skating during the winter months at Lasker Rink. Generally, this starts in November and continues through March.
Dance: CPE II will continue to offer dance instructions through its collaboration with Arts Connection.
Tennis: In collaboration with John McEnroe Sportstime Tennis Facility, CPE II students will receive weekly instruction in tennis for 3rd graders.
Physical Activity Opportunities Before and After School. The school wellness council will explore ways in which the school can offer extracurricular physical activity programs, such as physical activity clubs or intramural programs.
Use of School Facilities Outside of School Hours. School spaces and facilities should be available to students, staff, and community members before, during, and after the school day, on weekends, and during school vacations. These spaces and facilities also should be available to community agencies and organizations offering physical activity and nutrition programs. School policies concerning safety will apply at all times.
V. Monitoring and Policy Review
Monitoring. The principal or designee will ensure compliance with those policies in the school and will report on the school’s compliance to the school district superintendent or designee.
Policy Review. To help with the initial development of the school’s wellness policies, the school wellness council will conduct a baseline assessment of the school’s existing nutrition and physical activity environments and policies.
Assessments will be repeated every three years to help review policy compliance, assess progress, and determine areas in need of improvement. As part of that review, the school will review our nutrition and physical activity policies; provision of an environment that supports healthy eating and physical activity; and nutrition and physical education policies and program elements. The school will, as necessary, revise the wellness policies and develop work plans to facilitate their implementation.