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 Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 (HHFKA) further strengthened this requirement in order to promote student health, prevent childhood obesity and provide transparency to the public on school wellness policy content and implementation.

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. 


Current Requirements

Until the proposed rule is finalized and goes into effect, schools/LEAs must, at a minimum, maintain and adhere to the current checklist and TDA FND ARM requirements:


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