Athletes4life Youth Wellness Policy
Athletes4life wellness policy was created to support organizations in their mission to follow the recent Act’s passed by Congress. We also set out to fight adult and childhood obesity. Athletes4life’s goal is to thoroughly educate the public to enable them to take full control of their family’s health and wellness.
At a minimum, athletes4lifewill support local agencies to include—
- Goals for nutrition promotion and education, physical activity, and other activities that promote wellness
- Nutrition planning to promote health, and fight against adult and childhood obesity.
- Teachers, school health professionals, school administrators, and the general public in development, implementation, and review and update of their own local wellness policy.
In response to this mandate, both federal and non federal agencies have responded with tools and resources for agencies to assist with developing, implementing and evaluating local wellness policies. Athletes4life is committed to creating healthy communities, schools, and lifestyles. We strive to provide a total learning environment that enhances the development of lifelong healthy habits in wellness, nutrition, and regular physical activity. Athletes4life recognizes that significant research supports a positive relationship between good nutrition, increased physical activity, and academic success.
Athletes4life encourages and supports wellness activities for children, parents, students, and staff.
Management recognizes its obligation to the local community by making available information on healthy food and beverage choices. Athletes4life directs their staff to:
- Promote the physical, mental, and social health of children and parents.
- Enforce the current health education and physical education requirements of the partnered organization.
- Provide a safe, helpful, and pleasant environment focusing on proper eating, socializing, and participation in quality exercise programs.
Athletes4life is committed to support organizations in creating a community culture that promotes and protects children’s health, well-being, and ability to learn by supporting healthy eating and physical activity. Such a culture will help students learn to take responsibility for their own health and to adopt healthy habits, attitudes, and behaviors for life.
A high quality education can only be provided in a healthy community culture. Research indicates that many children are inactive and lack healthy eating habits, leading to an increase in childhood obesity.
Athletes4life will provide many opportunities to engage children and parents in healthy eating and physical activity.
Nutrition Education Standards
Athletes4life will develop and implement nutrition education as comprehensive health and wellness program. Athletes4life has designed nutrition programs to enable parents to teach children proper age appropriate eating habits.
Athletes4life will support the health education and physical education curriculum and programs of schools, recreation, and community centers which will also include
Athletes will make exercise programs available to local service organizations ensuring that there are opportunities for physical activity during the day in accordance with this policy. An exercise program will be provided for children of all age groups and abilities to support in the fight against childhood obesity.
Athletes4life promotes forming skills to be healthy for life. These skills shall include:
- moderate to vigorous physical activity
- motor skills
- positive attitudes
- promote physical activity and sports involvement for all to enjoy and pursue throughout their lives.
Athletes4life programs offer children an opportunity to participate in sports, games, and/or dance activities.
Physical activity is defined as any bodily movement produced by skeletal muscles that
results in an expenditure of energy. Physical activity will be encouraged for children, parents, teachers, and community members before school, during the instructional day, and after the instructional day.
Food and Nutrition
The goal of our Food and Nutrition program is to develop lifelong healthy behaviors that foster sound nutrition and physical activity.
Information will be provided to children, parents, teachers, and other stakeholders to
encourage and support a healthy lifestyle. Athletes4life promotes learning by supporting the staff, and encouraging physical activity within the school day to limit extended periods of inactivity.
D. DESIRED OUTCOMES
An environment that encourages life long healthy behaviors, supports personal well-being, and fitness.
Appropriate activities are made available so that students can be physically active and safe. Athletes4life will adopt regulations to implement this wellness policy. Such
regulations shall include the designation of an Program Manager with the operational responsibility for oversight of the wellness policy.
F. REVIEW AND REPORTING
This policy will be reviewed in accordance with the Athletes4life policy review
ADOPTED: January 2, 2012