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Wellness Program

Mission

Hope Hall recognizes the importance of the body/mind connection in the development and wellness of each individual; therefore, we place high value on nutrition education, physical activity, and healthy nutritional practices and strive to provide each student with opportunities that promote life – long wellness behavior.

Hope Hall School Wellness Committee

The composition of Hope Hall’s Wellness Committee will be consistent with USDA guidelines and will permit participation by members of the school community including parents, students, representatives of the school food program, teachers, school health professionals, and school administrators.  

The School Wellness Committee develops plans to meet goals in the areas of nutrition education, physical activities, and healthy nutritional practices.  The School Wellness Committee work will be ongoing, but pursuant to the USDA Final Rule of July 29, 2016, will include a full assessment of the wellness policy, no less than once every 3 years.  

The Committee will report to the Executive Director and Chief Financial Officer to ensure goals are being met and ensure compliance with the Federal and State guidelines for school wellness.  

Nutrition Standards

Hope Hall’s Child Nutrition Program will meet or exceed nutritional standards of all federal regulations and guidelines as they apply to schools and will provide well-balanced meals to students.

Hope Hall will maintain free and reduced price meals for all students who qualify.  The program will adhere to all federal and state laws and regulations.  Applications will be kept strictly confidential.  

Goals

  1. Provide opportunities for physical activity for each student that exceeds the present physical education program;
  2. Ensure that each student is provided nutrition education;
  3. Promote use of healthy snacks that follow guidelines of the “Choose Sensibly Guidelines” developed by the School Nutrition Association (SNA);
  4. Encourage the use of non-food reinforcements for student rewards;
  5. Ensure healthy food choices for students at all food servings including breakfast, lunch, sporting events, classroom celebrations, food offerings at all other times when food is served;
  6. Conduct an annual assessment of activities in the area of nutrition education, physical activities and healthy nutritional practices;
  7. Monitor school fund raisers involving food sales or food rewards to ensure compliance with the guidelines for offering nutritional choices.

Hope Hall School Wellness Committee Meetings

For information on the Wellness Committee, please contact Alicia Hart, Associate Executive Director / Chief Financial Officer: (585) 426-0210 Ext. 110 or alicia.hart@hopehall.org.

Activities We’ve Initiated:

  1. Prepare a “healthy choices” bulletin board;
  2. Provide a 20 minute recess every day, outdoors, weather permitting, for all students in the elementary and middle school.
  3. Continue to sponsor “anyone can participate”  intramural sport opportunities and promote student participation;
  4. Promote healthy food choices at breakfast, lunch, classroom celebrations, and fundraisers;
  5. Sponsor Annual Walk For Hope Fundraiser with students, families and staff participation;
  6. Promote Run Club to all students and staff participation;
  7. Promote High School Pep Rally Student versus Faculty basketball, volleyball, and other games;
  8. Other activities as determined by the School Wellness Team

WELLNESS – A WAY OF LIFE!

Cooking with your child can be very rewarding; especially when you see how it can change their own perception of food. Healthy recipes full of wholesome ingredients can be prepared in ways that kids can enjoy—and they can have fun doing it. You and your child, besides preparing something to eat that day; will make memories that can be shared a lifetime.

Helpful Healthy Eating Tools for Students and Families

Physical Activity Guide for Americans, 2nd Edition

20 Ways to Eat More Fruits and Vegetables

25 Healthy Snacks for Kids

Healthy Eating on the Run

Healthy Eating, Healthy Weight

Power Up With Breakfast

Shop Smart – Food Labels

Smart Snacking for Adults & Teens