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Nassau County School Wellness Coalition

Health plays a significant role in student success.

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The Nassau County School Wellness Coalition was formed to support school districts in reevaluating or forming local wellness policies mandated by the WIC Reauthorization Act of 2004. School districts who participate in the Coalition receive assistance in accessing resources, identifying grant money for program implementation, performing school assessments and formal recognition.

The Coalition’s goal is to establish strategies to help schools succeed in creating a sustainable, healthy environment for the children of Nassau County.

The Coalition is a collaboration among local institutions and organizations to provide resources and support for school districts’ efforts to create and implement improved nutrition, physical activity policies and programs.

Coalition Members

  • Adelphi University
  • Nassau County Department of Health
  • Nassau County BOCES
  • Nassau County PTA
  • Superintendents Association of Nassau County
  • North Shore Long Island Jewish Health System
  • Healthy Schools, NY

Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010

The Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 symbolizes a giant step forward in the nation’s effort to provide children with healthy foods in schools. Currently one third of American youth in schools are either overweight or obese and one fourth are at risk of hunger. Schools are one place that can help aid in the national fight against obesity and help to improve children’s overall health. The Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 legislation will help to establish national standards for all foods sold on school campuses throughout the day.

How does the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 help schools?

  • Increases school lunch reimbursement rates, by 6 cents per meal when new standards are met.
  • Establishes nutrition standards for all foods that are sold in school throughout the day, including vending machines and school stores.
  • Strengthens local wellness policies by having public input, being transparent in policy formulation and calling for implementation and compliance assessments.

The Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 updates the previous 2004 Child Nutrition Act. This legislation allows for substantial improvements to help allow children to have healthier and more nutritious food options, moreover it will educate children about making healthy food choices and teach healthy habits to children that they can continue to implement in their own life.

Contact
For additional information, please contact:

Jean L. Harris
Associate Professor
Woodruff Hall, Room 170
p – 516.877.4273
e – harris@adelphi.edu

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