Nutrition Education



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Archdiocese of Mobile

Healthy School Environment Guidelines

Nutrition Education


  • Students in grades pre-K-12 receive nutrition education that is interactive and teaches the skills needed to adopt healthy eating behaviors.

  • Students receive consistent nutrition messages throughout schools, classrooms, and cafeterias,

  • Health education curriculum standards and guidelines include both nutrition and physical education.

  • Nutrition is integrated into the health education or core curricula (e.g., math, science, language arts.)

  • Staff who provide nutrition education have appropriate training.

Physical Education

  • Students receive opportunities for physical activity during the school day through physical education (PE) classes, daily recess periods for elementary school students, and the integration of physical activity into the academic curriculum when appropriate.

  • Time allotted for physical activity is consistent with research, national and state standards.

  • Adequate equipment is available for all students to participate in physical education.

  • Physical education includes the instruction of individual activities as well as competitive and non-competitive sports to encourage life-long physical activity.

  • Students are given opportunities for physical activity through a range of before- and/or after-school programs including, but not limited to, intramurals, interscholastic athletics, and physical activity clubs.

  • Schools encourage parents and guardians to support their children's participation in physical activity, to be physically active role models, and to include physical activity in family events.

Dining Environment /Time

  • Schools provide a clean, safe, enjoyable meal environment for students.

  • Schools provide adequate time for students to eat.

  • Schools have drinking fountains available in all schools, so students can get water at meals and throughout the day.

  • Schools with school meal lunch programs encourage all students to participate in these programs and protect the identity of students who eat free and reduced price meals.

  • Schools schedule lunchtime as near the middle of the school day as possible.

Nutrition Guidelines


  • Schools set guidelines for foods and beverages in a la carte sales in the food service program on school campuses.

  • Schools sets guidelines for foods and beverages sold during school hours in vending machines, snack bars, school stores, and concession stands on school campuses. Schools make decisions on these guidelines based on nutrition goals, not on profit making.

  • Schools set guidelines for refreshments served at parties, celebrations, and meetings during the school day.

Consistent School Activities and Environment

  • Schools promote all schools' fundraising efforts to be supportive of healthy eating.

  • Schools with cafeterias provide opportunities for on-going professional training and development for foodservice staff and teachers in the areas of nutrition and physical education.

  • Schools encourage parents, teachers, school administrators, students, foodservice professionals, and community members to serve as role models in practicing healthy eating and being physically active, both in school and at home.

  • Schools offer referrals to students and staff with nutrition-related health problems to appropriate services for counseling or medical treatment.

Wellness Council/Committee


  • Schools may develop a Wellness Council/Committee with representatives such as school personnel, parents and/or students to plan, implement, and assess ongoing activities that promote healthy lifestyles.



Office of Catholic Schools

Archdiocese of Mobile



Spring 2006


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