School Wellness Policy
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 also linked to reduced risk for many chronic diseases, like Type 2 diabetes. 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 in school. Staff wellness also is an integral part of a healthy school environment, since school staff can be daily role models for healthy behaviors.
All students in Leland School District shall possess the knowledge and skills necessary to make nutritious food choices and enjoyable physical activity choices for a lifetime. All staff in Leland School District will be encouraged to model healthful eating and physical activity as a valuable part of daily life.
Each school in Leland School District – Edna Scott Elementary School, Leland School Park, Leland High School, and Leland Career & Technical Center (where applicable) – has adopted a school wellness policy that is committed to nutrition, physical activity, comprehensive health education, marketing, and implementation. Specific guidelines will be disseminated each school term.