Requirements of the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act
The 2010 Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act (P.L. 111-296, Sec. 204) “requires each local educational agency participating in the National School Lunch Program or other federal Child Nutrition programs to establish a local school wellness policy for all schools under its jurisdiction. Each local education agency must designate one or more local education agency officials or school officials to ensure that each school complies with the local wellness policy.”
At a minimum, a local school wellness policy must
SOURCE: USDA-FNS, 2013a.
ness provisions.1) The educational component of the act raises several key questions, according to Thornton. What is the best way to promote food literacy and nutrition knowledge and educate students on how to make healthy eating choices? How can parents learn to say no when their children ask for unhealthy foods? How can teachers be trained and convinced not to use unhealthy treats as a reward for achievement in schools? Many states used to require that future teachers take a basic course in nutrition education, but such courses generally are no longer required for teacher certification. “Yet, we expect nutrition education to be implemented and integrated in our classrooms today,” Thornton said.