The link between nutrition, physical activity, and learning is well documented. Healthy eating and activity patterns are essential for students to achieve their full academic potential, full physical and mental growth, and lifelong health and well-being. Healthy eating and physical activity—essential for a healthy weight—are linked to reduced risk for type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and many other chronic diseases. Schools have a responsibility to help students learn, establish, and maintain lifelong healthy eating and activity patterns. Well-planned and effectively implemented school nutrition and fitness programs have been shown to enhance students’ overall health as well as their behavior and academic achievement. Staff wellness is also an integral part of a healthy school environment since school staff can be daily role models for healthy behaviors.
Goals for Nutrition Education, School Nutrition, and Available Foods
- Nutrition education will be integrated into other areas of the curriculum such as math, language arts, and social studies.
- Healthy food choices shall be available at extracurricular activities when food is sold.
Goals for Physical Activity and Education
- All schools are strongly recommended to incorporate thirty minutes of daily physical education by a certified teacher.
- Students in grades three through five will utilize the Fitness program annually to test and evaluate their fitness levels; students in grade six through twelve will utilize a research-based test.
- All schools will conduct the Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s School Health Index assessment for physical activity, healthy eating, and a tobacco-free lifestyle annually.
- Board of Education Policy EEE
DeKalb County School District
District Level Wellness Committee Members
|Dr. Connie R. Walker||Executive School Nutrition Services Director||Connie_R_Walker@dekalbschoolsga.org||Committee Lead||678-676-0109|
|Jacqueline Bailey||School Nutrition Regulations Coordinator||Jacqueline_Bailey@dekalbschoolsga.org||Committee Lead||678-676-0165|
|Janet Stone||Assistant Director School Nutrition Services||Janet_V_Stone@dekalbschoolsga.org||Member||678-676-0157|
|Maureen Pickett||School Nutrition Services Training Coordinator||Maureen_S_Pickett@dekalbschoolsga.org||Member||678-676-0161|
|Kyla Van Deusen||Instructional Specialist||Kyla_Van-Deusen@dekalbschoolsga.org||Member||678-874-7138|
|Dr. Tom Keating||Coordinator Project CLEAN||www.projectclean.us||Member||404-694-2905|
|Erica Burd||Operations Manager||Erica_D_Burd@dekalbschoolsga.org||Member||678-676-7736|
|JoAnn Harris||Lead Nurse||JoAnn_Harris@dekalbschoolsga.org||Member||678-676-2004|
WELLNESS COMPOSITE SCORING
121-110 = EXCEEDS EXPECTATIONS | 109-90 = MEETS EXPECTATIONS | 89-80 = SATISFACTORY | BELOW 80 = NEEDS IMPROVEMENT
School Year 2017 – 2018 Wellness Composite Scores
Archived Wellness Scores:
- Monthly Nutrition Tips – Bibb Lettuce is a good source of fiber, Vitamin A & K, potassium & Folate. 1 C=7 Calories
- Farm to School: The DeKalb County School Nutrition Program is working with Dexter’s Farm to bring Georgia grown fruits and vegetables to the students of DeKalb County Schools. This is a national initiative that provides students fresh fruits and vegetables through the connection of instate farmers. Each month, the DeKalb School Nutrition program will highlight at least one Georgia grown fresh fruit or vegetable in the cafeteria along with nutrition education regarding its origin. This program supports the department’s mission to promote lifetime wellness to DeKalb County students and staff by serving meals that are high quality, nutritious, enjoyable, and economical.
Dr. Connie R. Walker, 678.676.1780
Janet Stone, 678.676.1782
- Carbohydrate Counts
- Specialized Feeding Form