Background Information

The first step in developing a local school wellness policy is to figure out what you need to do, why, and how.

Local School Wellness Policy, Summary of the Final Rule (July 2016)

USDA. FNS. Team Nutrition.

On July 29, 2016, the USDA Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) finalized regulations to create a framework and guidelines for written wellness policies established by LEAs.

Local Wellness Policy Overview - Final Rule

USDA. FNS. Team Nutrition.

Use this resource for information on the proposed rule, requirements, technical assistance, and more.

Overview, Action Steps (PDF | 130 KB) (July 2013)

USDA. FNS. Team Nutrition.

Local school wellness policy overview and action steps.

Adolescent and School Health

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Adolescent and school health information, campaigns, and statistics.

Comparison Chart of 2004 vs. 2010 Requirements (PDF | 87 KB) (June 2013)

USDA. FNS. Team Nutrition.

Comparison chart of the 2004 vs. 2010 local school wellness policy requirements.

Local School Wellness Policy

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Information outlining the minimum requirements a school district must meet in regards to developing a school wellness policy.

School District Wellness Policies: Evaluating Progress and Potential for Improving Children's Health Eight Years after the Federal Mandate (PDF | 7.25 MB) (June 2016)

Bridging the Gap.

This report provides the most comprehensive evaluation to date of the content of written school district wellness policies from school years 2006–2007 through 2013–2014, the first eight years following the required implementation date for the federal mandate. Using a nationally representative sample of school districts, this report, details the characteristics of these districts as well as the individual components of wellness policies and related provisions.

Local School Wellness Policies: Where Do They Stand and What Can You Do? (PDF | 741 KB) (October 2014)

CDC. Bridging the Gap Research Program.

This research brief provides an overview of wellness policies across school districts nationwide. Use this brief to identify areas of opportunity within your school to strengthen various wellness policy components.

School District Wellness Policies: Where do they Stand and What do you Need to Know? (PDF | 2.8 MB) (2014)

CDC. Bridging the Gap Research Program.

Stakeholders can use this presentation to present research findings, recommendations, and resources from the Local School Wellness Policy Briefs developed by the CDC, Bridging the Gap.

Strategies for Creating Supportive School Nutrition Environments (PDF | 660 KB) (October 2014)

CDC. Bridging the Gap Research Program.

This research brief provides an overview of steps school districts nationwide have taken to create supportive nutrition environments through policy change. Get ideas for your own school here.

Methods Document for the CDC and Bridging the Gap Local School Wellness Policy Briefs (October 2014)

CDC. Bridging the Gap Research Program.

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation-funded Bridging the Gap (BTG) program at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) has been conducting the largest, ongoing evaluation of the strength, comprehensiveness, and content of the congressionally mandated district wellness policies and all associated state codified statutory and administrative laws. BTG’s wellness policy work is nationally recognized as the primary source of information on the current status of and trends in wellness policy progress. This brief describes the methods used for researching and developing wellness policies.

Wellness Policy Tool: Seven Steps to Success

Action for Healthy Kids.

This tool has been designed to help you create a local wellness policy that meets your district's unique goals for nutrition and physical activity and take the next steps to put the policy into action to positively impact students' health and lifelong choices.