Five Steps to a Successful Local Wellness Policy

Published: 12/5/2013 9:48 AM

​Local Wellness Policies

The Child Nutrition and WIC Reauthorization Act of 2004 requires all districts to establish local wellness policies by School Year 2006-2007.  The Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 expands the scope of wellness policies, brings in additional stakeholders in its development, implementation and review; and requires public updates on the content and implementation of the wellness policies (Section 204).  The intent of HHFKA is to strengthen local school policies so they can become useful tools in evaluating, establishing and maintaining a healthy school environment for students and staff, as well as to provide transparency to the public on key areas that affect the nutrition environment in each school.

Federal and State Regulations



USDA Guidance




Recipe for Success:  Five Easy Steps



  1.  Form a team.  Build a strong team:  teachers, principals, parents, food service managers and students.  An interactive communication tool for all grade levels:
  2. Write your policy.  View model policies:
  3. Implement your LWP.  "A Guide to Implementing Your Local School Wellness Policy" is a step by step resource:  Implementation Guidance Memo-Child Nutrition Reauthorization, 2010:  Local School Wellness Policies USDA Memo SP-42-2011
  4. Evaluate your LWP.  The National Food Service Management Institute developed "Resource to Sustain and Strengthen Local Wellness Initiatives":
  5. Make it Known.  Making it Happen!  School Nutrition Success Stories


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