St. Anthony School Wellness Policy

St. Anthony School is committed to providing school environments that promote and protect children’s health and well-being. Our Goal is for all students in St. Anthony School to have the knowledge necessary to make nutritious food choices and enjoyable health choices for a lifetime.

Health & Nutrition Education

  • St. Anthony offers comprehensive health education in grades K-8.

  • Classroom health education will complement physical education by reinforcing knowledge needed to maintain an active lifestyle.

  • Nutrition education aims to teach, encourage, and support healthy eating by students. This extends outside the class room involving food service staff and other staff monitoring the cafeteria to encourage healthy eating.

  • Educating Students through taste testing may help them develop better eating habits.

Nutrition Standards

  • St. Anthony School shall offer Breakfast and Lunch with menus meeting the meal patterns set forth by the United states Department of Agriculture (USDA).

  • We will encourage students to make food choices based on the guidelines.

  • Offer a wide variety of fruit and vegetable choices to ensure eating and to help limit the amount of waste.

  • Portions will be served according to the USDA guidelines and will be appropriate for age/grade level.

  • Serve only low-fat (1%) and fat-free milk, along with low-fat yogurts and cheeses.

  • Ensure that Whole grain and enriched grain products are incorporated in our menus.

  • Any snacks or ala carte items will meet nutrition guidelines

Nutrition Environment

  • The school shall provide attractive, clean environments in which the students eat.

  • The school shall schedule mealtimes so there is plenty of time for students to eat.

  • St. Anthony will continue to ensure that all eligible children qualify and receive free and reduced meals.

  • Our school POS system protects the identity of students who are eligible for free and/or reduced meals.

Physical Activity

Quality PE

  • All physical education will be taught by a certified physical education teacher.

  • Students will spend at least 50 percent of physical education class time participating in moderate to vigorous physical activity.

  • Planned instruction in physical education shall teach cooperation, fair play, and responsible participation.

  • Physical education classes will provide students with opportunities to learn and practice skills necessary to engage in lifelong, health-enhancing physical activity.

Daily Recess

  • All Students will have at least 15 minutes a day of supervised recess, preferably outdoors, during which schools should encourage moderate to vigorous physical activity.

Other Physical Activity

  • St. Anthony will offer extracurricular physical activity programs.

  • After-school Child Care will provide and encourage – verbally and through the provision of space, equipment, and activities – daily periods of physical activity for all participants.

  • School facilities and spaces should be available to students, staff and community after the school day, and on weekends for the use of activities.

Extra School wide Events

  • There will be various planned events throughout the school year to promote physical activity for the entire school.

  • Example: Winter event (indoor)- Jump Rope for Heart      

                            Spring event - Field Day                                                   

Promoting Student Wellness

  • Wellness Policy will be posted on St. Anthony School website for parents to view

  • Promote healthy lifestyles to students by hanging nutritional food posters near the food line and cafeteria.

  • Eliminate any advertising that will promote foods of minimal nutrition value.

  • Drinking fountain will be available for students to get water between and at meal times.

  • Opportunity to carry clear water bottle and keep throughout the day.

  • Children will have adequate time to wash hands before and after snack/meals

  • School nurse/Guidance Counselor will be a resource for a student/families who request assistance with nutritional and physical issues, counseling, etc.

Food Available for Sale Policy

In reference to Ohio Revised Code # 3323.814

  • St. Anthony has no vending machines available to students during the school day.

  • We do not sell soda to students.

  • Any school-sponsored groups selling food during school hours must follow these standards.

  • There will be no selling of food for group fundraising during lunchtime

  • The only beverages sold is milk, juice & bottled water.

  • Ala Carte Food items being sold to students will follow the food and beverage standards.

St. Anthony School Wellness policy was established through the collaboration

of the school principal, physical education teacher, food service manager, parents & students.  Before the end of each school year, the Wellness Committee shall recommend to the principal any revisions to the policy or identify areas that need improvement for the following school year.

In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA.

This institution is an equal opportunity provider.