As a unique, independent academy, Pinkerton Academy's mission is to strive to ensure the growth of all students in a challenging, respectful, and collaborative environment. The Academy fosters a student-centered community with purposefully designed, interactive and relevant learning opportunities.

WELLNESS POLICY
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Goal Statement: Our goal is to create a culture and environment that promotes healthy eating, (and practices) daily physical activity and life long healthy habits in order to build a foundation of wellness for students and staff.

 

To accomplish these goals Pinkerton Academy:

 
  1. Will ensure our Child Nutrition Programs comply with federal, state, and local requirements. Child Nutrition Programs will be accessible to all children.

  2. Will provide opportunities for meaningful physical activity that can connect to students’ lives outside of the school environment.

  3. Will support the availability and distribution of nutrient dense foods and beverages, which are consistent with the USDA standards, on campus during the school day (including vending, concessions, a la carte, and fundraising).

  4. Will ensure that all foods made available on campus adhere to all food safety requirements.

  5. Will provide a school environment that is safe, comfortable, pleasing and allows ample time and space for eating nutritious meals.

  6. Will engage students, parents, teachers food service professionals, health professionals, and other interested community members in developing, implementing, montoring, and reviewing Pinkerton Academy’s wellness (nutrition and physical activity) policies.

  7. Will support a healthy environment where children learn and participate in positive (dietary) lifestyle practices. Schools contribute to the (basic health status) wellness of children by facilitating learning through the support and promotion of good nutrition and physical activity. Improved health optimizes student performance potential behavior.

  8. Will support student education in making nutritious and enjoyable food choices. In addition, staff is encouraged to model healthy eating and physical activity as a valuable part of daily life.

 

Nutrition Education

 

The primary goal of nutrition education is to influence students’ eating behaviors. Nutrition education at all levels of Pinkerton’s curriculum will/may include, but will not be limited to, the following essential components designed to help students learn:

 
  • Appropriate nutritional knowledge, including the benfits of healthy eating, essential nutrients, nutritional deficiencies, understanding food portions, priciples of healthy weight management, the use and misuse of dietary supplements, safe food preparation, handling and storage, and culture diversity related to food and eating.

  • Appropriate nutrition-related skills including, but not limited to: planning a healthy meal, teenage eating trends, understanding and using food labels, and critically evaluating nutrition information, misinformation, and commercial food advertising.

  • Consistent nutrition messages will be provided throughout the school in media, in the class room, and in the cafeteria to the home and community.

The Pursuit of Daily Physical Activity

 

Increased daily physical activity will/may include:

 
  • Making resources available to staff members so that movement may be integrated across curricula and throughout the school day.

  • Physical education courses will be the environment where students learn, practice, and are assessed on developmentally appropriate motor skills, social skills, and knowledge. Special accommodations will be provided for students with special needs who may not be able participate due to their emotional and/or physical limitations.

  • Promotion of programs and activities that support lifelong health and wellness for staff and students along with their families.

 

Nutrition Guidelines for all Foods on Campus

 

It is expected that all foods available on school grounds during the school day will meet or exceed the nutrient dense food targets and the current USDA dietary Guidelines. Food offerings should be nutrient dense per calorie, have lower fat and sugar content, be of moderate portion size, and include a wide variety of fruits, vegetables, and whole grains.

 

Food and beverages offered for snacks, activities, and/or fundraisers shold encourage healthy choices and promote positive health habits. The nutrition standards are intended to model the practice of moderation as a component of a healthy lifestyle.

 

The nutrition guidelines apply to the school lunch and breakfast programs as well as foods and beverages sold in vending machines.

 

It is encouraged that all beverages sold or provided on school campuses or at school sponsored activities should adhere to the established guidelines for sugar content, caffeine, sodium, and fat.

 

Other School Based Activities

 

Our goal is to create a total school environment that is conducive to (healthy eating) good nutrition and being physically active.

 

Dining Environment

 
  • Pinkerton Academy provides a clean, safe, and enjoyable meal environment for students.

  • Pinkerton Academy provides enough space and serving areas to ensure all students have access to school meals with minimum wait time.

  • Pinkerton Academy encourages all students to participate in the school meal programs and diligently protects the identity of students who receive free and reduced meals.

  • Pinkerton Academy will ensure an adequate time for students to enjoy eating healthy food.

 

Consistent School Activities and Environment

 
  • After-school programs will encourage physical activity and healthy habit formation.

  • Local wellness policy goals will be considered in planning all school-based activities (such as school events, field trips, dances, and assemblies).

  • Pinkerton Academy encourages all school fundraising efforts to be supportive of healthy eating.

  • Pinkerton Academy may provide opportunities for on-going professional training and development for food service staff and academic staff in the area of nutrition and physical education.

  • Pinkerton Academy may provide health and physical fitness related workshops and information for parents, staff, and students.

  • Pinkerton Academy encourages all students to participate in school meals programs, i.e., the National School Lunch, including school snack programs and School Breakfast programss.

 

Pinkerton Academy’s Wellness Committee will conduct an annual review of the progress toward policy goals and identify areas of improvement.