St. Agnes School Wellness Plan


Wellness Policy

Diocese of Springfield in Illinois

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Belief Statement
The Diocese of Springfield in Illinois is committed to providing a learning environment
that supports and promotes wellness, good nutrition, and an active lifestyle and
recognizes the positive relationship between good nutrition, physical activity and the
capacity of students to develop and learn. The entire school environment shall be aligned
with healthy school goals to positively influence students’ beliefs and habits and promote
health and wellness, good nutrition and regular physical activity. In addition, school staff
shall be encouraged to model healthy eating and physical activity as a valuable part of
daily life.

The purpose of this policy is to ensure a total school environment that promotes and
supports student health and wellness, helps to reduce childhood obesity and meets the
requirements of the Child Nutrition and WIC Reauthorization Act of 2004, including
goals for nutrition education, physical activity and other school based activities designed
to promote students wellness; nutrition guidelines for all foods available during the
school day; a plan for measuring implementation including designating one or more
persons charged with operational responsibility; and involving parents, students, school
food service providers, the school board, school administrators, and the public in
developing this policy.

The link between nutrition and learning is well documented. Healthy eating patterns are
essential for students to achieve their full academic potential, full physical and mental
growth and lifelong health and well-being. Healthy eating is demonstrably linked to
reduced risk of the development of many chronic diseases. Schools and school
communities have a responsibility to help students acquire the knowledge and skills
necessary to establish and maintain lifelong healthy eating patterns. Well-planned and
well-implemented wellness programs have been shown to positively influence children’s

Schools also have a responsibility to help students establish and maintain lifelong habits
of being physically active. According to the U.S. Surgeon General, regular physical
activity is one of the most important things people can do to maintain and improve their
physical health, mental health, and overall well-being. Regular physical activity reduces
the risk of premature death in general and of heart disease, high blood pressure, colon
cancer, and diabetes.