The USDA administers the National School Lunch Program under which the Local School Wellness Mandate falls. They provide a number of resources including a model wellness policy and assessment tools for evaluating local school wellness policies on their website. Click on this hyper link to see more of their resources: USDA- Local Wellness Information and Resources
Recognition Opportunity- Healthier US School Challenge: Smarter Lunchrooms
The Healthier US School Challenge: Smarter Lunchrooms is open to all Team Nutrition schools participating in the National School Lunch Program and School Breakfast Program. We recognize that changing the school nutrition environment takes time and celebrate both the gradual changes and big successes of schools working diligently to help children eat more healthfully and be more physically active. Schools can submit an application at any time during the year for a Bronze, Silver, Gold or Gold of Distinction level award. To learn more and submit an application click on this hyperlink: Healthier US School Challenge Application Materials.
Assessment Option- School Health Index
This online self-assessment developed by the Center for Disease Control has been adopted by both Alliance for a Healthier Generation and Action for Healthy Kids. It is designed to help schools look at their policies revolving around health and safety and then create an action plan to improve and strengthen those policies. You can find the online assessment as well as links to Alliance and AFHK’s tools here!
Assessment Option- Well SAT 2.0 and Well SAT 2.0i
The Well SAT 2.0 was developed by researchers at the RUDD Center when it was at Yale University to be used to assess Wellness Policies strength. A draft of the Well SAT 2.0i (the “i” is for “implementation) is available on their website. The West Virginia Department of Education is currently using the Well SAT 2.0 to evaluate and provide feedback to counties on their Wellness Policies. More about these assessments is available on the RUDD Center website.
Assessment Option- School and Community Actions for Nutrition (SCAN) Survey
Developed by the University of California, Davis, the SCAN assessment is a rubric designed to score a Wellness Policy and its implementation and then be used as an action plan for improving the school environment.
Assessment Option- School Wellness Investigation
Developed by Fuel Up to Play 60, which is a nutrition and physical activity program created by the National Dairy Council and NFL to help schools improve and increase nutrition and physical activity programing for students with a host of resources to do this. FUTP 60’s assessment is called the School Wellness Investigation and has modules that assess: Nutrition Services, Physical Education/Physical Activity, and Family and Community engagement.