Wellness Plan

Setting Nutrition Education Goals
Academic performance and quality of life issues are affected by the choice and availability of good foods in our schools. Healthy foods support student physical growth, brain development, resistance to disease, emotional stability, and ability to learn.
(a) Nutrition guidelines that require the use of products that are high in fiber, low in added fats, sugar and sodium, and served in appropriate portion sizes consistent with USDA standards shall be established for all foods offered by the district’s Nutrition Services Department or contracted vendors. Menu and product selection shall utilize student, parent, staff and community advisory groups whenever possible.
(b) Nutrition services policies and guidelines for reimbursable meals shall not be more restrictive than federal and state regulations require.
Health Education and Life Skills:
Healthy living skills shall be taught as part of the regular instructional program and provides the opportunity for all students to understand and practice concepts and skills related to health promotion and disease prevention.
(a) Each school shall provide for an interdisciplinary, sequential skill-based health education program based upon state standards and benchmarks.
(b) Students shall have access to valid and useful health information and health promotion products and services.
(c) Students shall have the opportunity to practice behaviors that enhance health and/or reduce health risks during the school day and as part of before or after school programs.
(d) Students shall be taught communication, goal setting and decision making skills that enhance personal, family and community health.
Nutritional Education:
(a) School: School is involved in “Get Fit Doral” Kick-off to Wellness Program. The School goal is to inform the community of Doral the importance of including good nutrition and physical activity on a daily basis. This program allows the community to get involved in various activities, such as aerobics, walk-athon, yoga, jazz-athon and martial arts. Local companies are also brought in to promote healthy eating choices, like low fat milk and cereal bars. The School will put up Posters throughout the year in order to promote good eating habits and healthy food options. Physical Education and Health teachers will provide information on good nutrition, and identify health-related problems associated with poor diet, physical inactivity, and being overweight.
(b) Parents: Parents will be encouraged to participate in promoting and attending seminars on “Get Fit” Wellness Program that will take part on a regular basis in Doral High School. The school will also support parents’ effort to provide a healthy diet and daily physical activity for their children. The school will send home nutritional information, post nutrition tips on school website or through school flyers. School should encourage parents to pack healthy lunches and snacks. Such support will also include sharing information about physical activity and physical education through the website.
(c) Students: Students are currently involved in decisions of improving the lunch menu, and have completed a questionnaire during class meetings. Students are limited to healthy choice options that will achieve a balanced, healthy diet. The results of the questionnaire have appeared in an improved menu, beginning with more choices of vegetables and whole wheat bread. Students are also taking personal fitness classes that involve diet planning, and comprehending nutrition information on a food label that will enable them to make better food choices.
Setting Physical Activity:
High School 9-12 grades will participate and complete 80% of the activities provided below before the end of the school year.
1. High schools shall require one (1) credit for graduation, to include one semester of Personal Fitness (.5 credit) and one semester of an approved Physical Education course (.5 credit).
2. Participation in several physical activity programs throughout the school year for all students in grade nine through grade twelve. Programs Activities include:
Fitness Gramm: Testing - Cardiorespiratory Fitness, Flexibility, Muscular Strength and Endurance, and Body Composition.
Extra Curricular Activities Include:
Aerobic Class
Field Day
Personal Fitness
School Athletics Program
Weight Training Class
Team Sports
After School Dance/Salsa Classes
Establishing Nutrition Standards for All Foods Available on School Campus during the
School Day:
Nutrition services policies and guidelines for reimbursable meals shall not be more restrictive than federal and state regulations require.
School Meals:
Meals served through the National School Lunch will:
a) Be appealing and attractive to children
b) Be served in clean and pleasant setting
c) Meet, at a minimum, nutrition requirements established by local, state, and federal statutes and regulations.
d) Serve only low-fat (1%) white, chocolate, or strawberry milk.
Vending Machines:
All snack vending machines shall add a healthier option.
Vending machines where student meals are served or eaten shall include a healthier option, such as 100% fruit juice and water.
All beverage vending machines in secondary school public areas and all faculty/staff areas at school and district sites shall include: water, 100% fruit juice, and
non-carbonated drinks with less than 150 calories per container
Setting Goals for Other School-Based Activities Designed to
Promote Student Wellness
Staff Wellness:
The district and each work site shall provide information about wellness resources and services and establish a staff committee to assist in identifying and supporting the health, safety and well being of site staff.
(a) Each school and district site shall be in compliance with drug, alcohol and tobacco free policies.
(b) Each school and district site shall provide an accessible and productive work environment free from physical dangers or emotional threat that is as safe as possible and consistent with applicable occupation and health laws, policies and rules.
(c) Employees shall be encouraged to engage in daily physical activity after the workday. Personal training programs will be offered for weight training and cardio respiratory workouts, and will be provided by physical education staff on a weekly basis. However, all staff members will have access to the weight room on a daily basis. Aerobic and salsa classes are also being offered on a weekly basis.
Setting Goals for Measurement and Evaluation:
The designee will ensure compliance with established nutrition and physical activity wellness policies and will report on the schools compliance to the school principal.
School food service staff, at the school, will ensure compliance with nutrition policies within the school food service areas and will report on this matter to the school principal. In accordance with the Department of Education, Food and Nutrition Dept., an SMI review will be done once every five years and will report all findings and resulting changes to the school district.
To help with the initial development of the district’s wellness policies, the school will conduct a baseline assessment of the school’s existing nutrition and physical activity environments and policies, and revise the policies and develop work plans to facilitate their implementation every three years.
All hand-outs and fliers associated with the “Get Fit” Doral wellness will be stored at the school site in order to ensure that all activities are documented and complied with, using the current wellness policy. Also, questionnaires completed by students and faculty will continue to be revised in order to reach goals of attaining a balanced, healthy diet. This data will be stored in the wellness folder with all related documents of improving nutrition and fitness at Doral Academy Charter School.
Non-Discrimination Statement:
In accordance with Federal law and U.S. Department of Agriculture policy, this institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, or disability. To file a complaint of discrimination, write USDA, Director, Office of Civil Rights, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW, Washington, D.C. 20250-9410 or call (800) 795-3272 or (202) 720-6382 (TTY). USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.