Local Wellness Policy Resources

What is a Local Wellness Policy?

Every school or Local Education Agency participating in the National School Lunch Program (NSLP) and/or the School Breakfast Program (SBP) must establish a local school wellness policy(LWP).  The resources on this page can help schools, parents and community members develop and follow LWPs which provide:
    • Goals for nutrition promotion and education, physical activity and other school based activities that promote student wellness
    • Nutrition guidelines for all foods available on each school campus during the school day

Tips for Finding the Right Resource
In order to find a resource, you can filter the list by audience (Child Nutrition Professionals, Community Members, etc.) or resource type (Implementation, Nutrition, etc.). You can also search by keyword, source or title to find resources to fit your needs. 

Resource List


CDC and Bridging the Gap Local School Wellness Policy Briefs

Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Changing the Scene: Improving the School Nutrition Environment

Source: USDA

Creating Supportive School Nutrition Environments

Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Developing and Implementing an Action Plan

Source: Action for Healthy Kids

Engaging School Leaders as Partners in Creating Healthy Schools: Tips and Insights for Action for Healthy Kids Teams

Source: Action for Healthy Kids

Fit, Healthy, and Ready to Learn: a School Health Policy Guide

Source: National Association of State Boards of Education

Funding a Local School Wellness Policy

Source: USDA

Healthy Schools Program

Source: Alliance Healthier Generation

How Schools Work and How to Work With Schools

Source: National Association of State Boards of Education

Local Support for Nutrition Integrity in Schools

Source: Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics

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