JLCF – Wellness

Category: Priority/Required by Law Related Policies: EF, IMAH, JLC, JLCF & JLCI

The Board recognizes the importance of proper nutrition and developmentally appropriate physical activity as ways of promoting healthy lifestyles, minimizing childhood obesity, and preventing other diet-related chronic diseases.The Board believes that health and student success are interrelated. The Contoocook Valley School District is committed to providing a school environment that enhances learning and the development of lifelong wellness practices.

This policy outlines the District’s approach to ensuring environments and opportunities for all students to practice healthy eating and physical activity behaviors throughout the school day. This policy should be deemed complementary to the other policies of the District pertaining to social and emotional wellness.

This policy applies to all students, staff and schools in the District.


A systemic wellness program that integrates both healthy nutrition and physical activity into the health and physical education curriculums and that consults with school health and the food service program.
An overall school environment before, during and after school hours that encourages students to make healthy food choices, develops healthy eating habits, and promotes opportunities for physical activity.


I. The District shall teach, encourage, support and model healthy eating habits for students.
II. The District shall teach, encourage, support, and model age appropriate daily physical activity.
III. The District shall educate students, employees, school board and community members to the important benefits of a healthy lifestyle.
IV. The Schools shall comply with the nutrition guidelines outlined in this policy in a manner designed to facilitate the adoption of healthier eating habits.


The Superintendent shall designate a Building Wellness Coordinator for each school to help ensure compliance with this policy at the building level. A building level wellness committee may be formed to assist the building coordinator in the implementation and evaluation of this policy.

The Superintendent shall convene a District Wellness Committee whose functions will include review and recommendations regarding implementation of and updates to this policy, and establishment of specific goals for nutrition promotion, education and physical activity.

The District Wellness Committee should represent each school and the diversity of the community. The committee shall consist of the Food Services director, each Building Wellness Coordinator, parents, students, school nurses, physical education teachers, health education teachers, school administrators and a school board member. It may also include outside health professionals such as registered dieticians, pediatricians, pediatric nurse practitioners and members of the public and others with expertise in nutrition and physical activity.

The Superintendent or his/her designee shall serve as the Chairperson of the District Wellness Committee, and shall maintain an updated roster of Building Wellness Coordinators and other persons serving on the Committee. Staff appointments to the Wellness Committee shall be made by the Superintendent or their designee. The School Board Chair shall appoint the School Board member. Remaining members, other than those who are ex officio, shall be appointed and approved by the Wellness Committee.

The District Wellness Committee shall meet no less than three (3) times per school year.

As a statutory committee, the Wellness Committee shall comply with the requirements of RSA 91-A regarding meetings.


A. Implementation Plan.

Each Building Wellness Coordinator, with the assistance of the Wellness Committee, will conduct an annual school level assessment based on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s School Health Index, using tools available through such programs as the Alliance for a Healthier Generation Schools | Alliance for a Healthier Generation and to create an action plan and generate an annual progress report. The school-level assessment/report should be completed by September 30th of each school year and provided to the Superintendent.

B. Annual Notification of Policy.

The District will annually inform families and the public of basic information about this policy, including its content, any updates to the policy, and implementation status. The District will make this information available via the district website. This information will include the contact information of the chairperson of the Wellness Committee as well as how the public can get involved with the District Wellness Committee.

C. Triennial Progress Assessments.

Every three years, the Wellness Committee will assess:

  • The extent to which each of the District’s schools are in compliance with the wellness policy;
  • The extent to which the District Wellness Policy compares to model wellness policies; Wellness Committee And
  • A description of the progress made in attaining the goals of the District’s Wellness Policy.

The Wellness Committee will make recommendations to update the District Wellness Policy based on the results of the annual School Health Index and triennial assessments and/or as District priorities change; community needs change; wellness goals are met; new health science, information, and technology emerges; and new Federal or state guidance or standards are issued. The Board will review and act upon such assessments as required or as the Board deems appropriate.

D. Recordkeeping.

The Superintendent or his/her designee will retain records related to this Policy, to include at least the following:

  • The District Wellness Policy;
  • The most recent assessment on the implementation of the local school wellness policy;
  • Documentation on how the District Wellness Policy and Policy assessments are/were made available to the public;
  • Documentation confirming annual compliance with the requirement that District Wellness Policy, including updates, and the most recent assessment on the implementation of the Policy have been made available to the public; and
  • Documentation of efforts to review and update the District Wellness Policy; including who is/was involved in each update and methods the District uses to make stakeholders aware of opportunities to participate on the District Wellness Committee.

E. Community Involvement, Outreach and Communications.

The District will communicate ways in which representatives of the District Wellness Committee and others can participate in the development, implementation and periodic review and update of the wellness policy through a variety of means appropriate for that district. The District will also inform parents/guardians of the improvements that have been made to school meals and compliance with school meal standards, availability of child nutrition programs and how to apply, and a description of and compliance with Smart Snacks in School nutrition standards.


A. School Meals

All schools within the District participate in USDA child nutrition programs, including the National School Lunch Program (NSLP) and the School Breakfast Program (SBP). District schools are committed to offering school meals that:

  • Are accessible to all students;
  • Are appealing and attractive to children;
  • Are served in clean and pleasant settings;
  • Promote healthy food and beverage choices; and
  • Meet or exceed current nutrition requirements established by local, state, and Federal statutes and regulations. The District offers reimbursable school meals that meet USDA nutrition standards, which may be found at:

B. Staff Qualifications and Professional Development

The District shall meet or exceed the applicable state and federal qualifications and standards for its school food and nutrition personnel as well as the applicable hiring, professional Standards and annual continuing education standards.

C. Water.

To promote hydration, free, safe, unflavored drinking water will be available to all students at every school throughout the school day, including mealtimes. To the extent drinking water comes from well water, the well water shall be tested for potability in accord with state standards, but no less than on a triennial basis.

D. Competitive Foods and Beverages and Marketing of Same in Schools.

“Competitive foods and beverages” (i.e., foods and beverages sold and served or marketed during the school day, but outside of the school meal programs) must meet the USDA Smart Snacks in School nutrition standards, which may be accessed at:

These standards will apply in all locations and through all services where foods and beverages are sold, which may include, but are not limited to, à la carte options in cafeterias and vending machines.

Except as may be provided elsewhere in this Policy, any foods and beverages marketed or promoted to students on the school campus during the school day will meet or exceed the USDA Smart Snacks in School nutrition standards. Food and beverage marketing is defined as advertising and other promotions in schools, including, but is not limited to:

  • Brand names, trademarks, logos or tags, except when placed on a physically present food or beverage product or its container.
  • Displays, such as on vending machine exteriors.Corporate brand, logo, name or trademark on school equipment, such as marquees, message boards, scoreboards or backboards (note: immediate replacement of these items are not required; however, districts will replace or update scoreboards or other durable equipment when existing contracts are up for renewal or to the extent that is in financially possible over time so that items are in compliance with the marketing policy.).
  • Corporate brand, logo, name or trademark on cups used for beverage dispensing, menu boards, coolers, trash cans and other food service equipment; as well as on posters, book covers, pupil assignment books or school supplies displayed, distributed, offered or sold by the District.
  • Advertisements in school publications or school mailings.
  • Free product samples, taste tests or coupons of a product, or free samples displaying advertising of a product.

Corporate brand names, logos, and trademarks for companies that market products that comply with the USDA Smart Snacks in School nutrition standards will not be prohibited because they offer some non-compliant food or beverage items in their product line. Likewise, the marketing restrictions do not apply to clothing or other examples of expression which include brand information for non-compliant food or beverage items.

As the District, school athletic department, and parent teacher associations review existing contracts and consider new contracts, equipment and product purchasing (and replacement) decisions should reflect the applicable marketing guidelines established by the District wellness policy.

E. Celebrations and Rewards

All foods offered during the school day on the school campus will meet or exceed the USDA Smart Snacks in School nutrition standards. Foods and beverages will not be used as a reward or withheld as punishment for any reason. Schools should limit celebrations that involve food during the school day. The District will make available a list of healthy party ideas to parents and teachers, including non-food celebration ideas, and a list of foods and beverages which meet Smart Snack nutrition standards. Each party should include no more than one food or beverage that does not meet nutrition standards for foods and beverages

F. Food Sale Fundraising.

Foods and beverages that meet or exceed the USDA Smart Snacks in Schools nutrition standards may be sold through fundraisers on the school campus during the school day. Fundraising groups are encouraged to choose non-food fundraisers, and to consider healthy fundraising ideas. Notwithstanding this provision, each school may allow up to nine (9)bake sales or other fundraising food sales of non-compliant foods (i.e., that do not meet Smart Snack standards), which are no more than one day in duration each.

G. Nutrition Promotion

The District will promote healthy food and beverage choices for all students throughout the school campus, as well as encourage participation in school meal programs. This promotion shall include:
Ensuring 100% of foods and beverages promoted to students during the school day meet the USDA Smart Snacks in School nutrition standards. Additional promotion techniques that the District and individual schools may use are available through the Smart Flood Planner of the Alliance for a Healthier Generation, available at:

H. Nutrition Education

The District will teach, model, encourage and support healthy eating by all students. Nutrition education shall be included in the health curriculum so that instruction is sequential and standards-based and provides students with the knowledge, attitudes, and skills necessary to lead healthy lives.

  • Nutrition education posters will be displayed in each cafeteria or if no cafeteria, each room in which students regularly eat their lunches. .
  • Consistent nutrition messages shall be disseminated throughout the school.


The District will provide physical education consistent with national and state standards. Physical activity during the school day (including but not limited to recess, classroom physical activity breaks or physical education) will not be withheld as punishment for any reason.

In addition to any recess periods provided in the ordinary daily schedule, students will be offered periodic opportunities to be active or to stretch throughout the day. The District recommends teachers provide short (3-5 minute) physical activity breaks to students during and between classroom time at least three days per week. These physical activity breaks will complement, not substitute, for physical education class, recess, and class transition periods.


The District will endeavor to integrate wellness activities across the entire school setting, not just in the cafeteria or physical education and athletic facilities. In furtherance of this objective each school may engage in at least one activity each school year that seeks to integrate wellness throughout the school community.


When feasible, the District will offer annual professional learning opportunities and resources for staff to increase knowledge and skills about promoting healthy behaviors in the classroom and school (e.g., increasing the use of kinesthetic teaching approaches or incorporating nutrition lessons into math class).

Legal References:
42 U.S.C. 1751, Richard B. Russell National School Lunch Act
42 U.S.C. 1771, Child Nutrition Act of 1966
Section 204 of Public Law 108-265, Child Nutrition and WIC Reauthorization Act of 2004
The Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010
7 C.F.R 210, National School Lunch Program
7 C.F.R 220, School Breakfast Program
RSA 189:11-a, Food and Nutrition Programs
N.H. Dept. of Education Administrative Rule – Ed 306.04 (a)(20), Wellness
N.H. Dept. of Education Administrative Rule – Ed 306.11 (g), Food and Nutrition Services
N.H. Dept. of Education Administrative Rule – Ed 306.38 (b)(1)b, Family and Consumer Science Education Program (middle schools)
N.H. Dept of Education Administrative Rule – Ed 306.40, Health Education Program

Legal References Disclaimer: These references are not intended to be considered part of this policy, nor should they be taken as a comprehensive statement of the legal basis for the Board to enact this policy, nor as a complete recitation of related legal authority. Instead, they are provided as additional resources for those interested in the subject matter of the policy.

1st Read: August 15, 2023
2nd Read: September 5, 2023
Adopted: September 5, 2023