In 2004, a law was passed that requires school districts to establish a local school wellness policy by the beginning of the 2006/2007 school year. This law recognizes the critical role that schools must play in helping to raise healthy kids. The policy requires school districts to:
- Create nutrition guidelines for all food sold on campus during the day, in efforts to promote health and reduce childhood obesity.
- Create goals for nutrition education and physical activity that promote student wellness.
- Create a plan for ensuring the policy is implemented.
- Include parents, students, school food service staff, school administrators, school board members, and public in creating the school wellness policy.