The Healthy For Life™ Promise is our commitment to improve the health and academic potential of our students and children. Our promise consists of four pledges:
Provide a Wide Variety of Nutritious Foods
Healthy For Life™ features food and menus that meet or exceed federally mandated nutrition guidelines and include great-tasting, student-pleasing foods. Under the program, our menus include foods that are nutrient rich, high quality, safe, and environmentally responsible.
Teach Students to Make Healthy Choices
The Healthy For Life™ program features tools to teach children about making healthy choices. Easy and fun to implement, the educational components of the program enable teachers, administrators, parents, and food service providers to aid our children in taking small steps each day toward a lifetime of good health. We utilize a variety of tools, including our: Menu, Wellness Posters, Healthy Bites Sampling, ACE the Nutrition Mascot, Healthy For Life™ Newsletters, and other student and parent nutrition education materials.
Create Appealing and Healthy Eating Environments
We have created dynamic, age-appropriate dining environments to aid in healthy meal selection, excite students, and increase the number of students wanting to participate.
Build Healthy Resources for the Community
The Healthy For Life™ program is rounded in fundamentals like menus, environments, and nutrition education. The program also focuses on building resources to engage, enable, and encourage students.
The Suffield Board of Education promotes healthy schools by supporting wellness, good nutrition, and regular physical activity as part of the total learning environment. The district supports a healthy environment where children learn and participate in positive dietary and lifestyle practices. Schools contribute to the basic health status of children by facilitating learning through the support and promotion of good nutrition and physical activity. Improved health optimizes student performance potential.
Standards-Based Sequential Nutrition Education
Nutrition education shall be based on current science, research and national guidelines. Nutrition education shall be standards-based, using national or state-developed standards, such as the Connecticut State Department of Education’s Healthy and Balanced Living Curriculum Framework. Nutrition education shall be offered as part of a planned, ongoing, systematic, sequential, standards-based, comprehensive school health education program designed to provide students with the knowledge and skills necessary to promote and protect their health. The nutrition education program shall focus on students’ eating behaviors, be based on theories and methods proven effective by published research, and be consistent with the state’s/district’s comprehensive school health education standards/guidelines/curriculum framework. Students shall be able to demonstrate competency through application of knowledge, skill development and practice.
Connecting with Existing Curriculums
Nutrition education shall be a part of comprehensive school health education and shall also be included in other classroom content areas such as math, science, language arts, social sciences, family and consumer sciences and elective subjects. All PreK-12 instructional staff members shall be encouraged to incorporate nutritional themes from the Connecticut State Department of Education’s Healthy and Balanced Living Curriculum Framework into daily lessons, when appropriate, and to reinforce and support health messages.
Suffield Public Schools’ staff members shall collaborate with agencies and groups conducting nutrition education in the community to send consistent messages to students and their families. Guest speakers and performers invited to address students shall receive appropriate orientation to – 2 – relevant district policies. Suffield staff members shall be encouraged to coordinate with other agencies and community groups to provide opportunities for student volunteer work related to nutrition, such as assisting with food recovery efforts and preparing nutritious meals for home-bound people. School officials shall disseminate information to parents, students and staff members about community programs that offer nutrition assistance to families.
The Suffield school district shall build awareness among teachers, food service staff, coaches, nurses and other school staff members about the importance of nutrition, physical activity and body-size acceptance to academic success and lifelong wellness.
- Nutrition Standards- a customized version will be available based on whether or not you service elementary schools in your district.
- Wellness Education
- Additional Links: https://www.suffield.org/uploaded/BOE/Policy/Series_6000_Instruction/6142.101.pdf