Model Nutrition Program

Overview

The Board of Education recognizes that child and adolescent obesity has reached epidemic levels in the United States and that poor diet combined with the lack of physical activity negatively impacts on student's health, and their ability and motivation to learn. The Board is committed to:

Providing students with healthy and nutritious foods.
Encouraging the consumption of fresh fruit and vegetables, low fat milk and whole grains.
Supporting healthy eating through nutritional education.
Encouraging students to select and consume all consume all components of the school meal and providing students with the opportunity to engage in daily physical activity.
All reimbursable meals shall meet Federal nutrient standards as required by the U.S. Department of Agriculture Child Nutrition Program regulations.

The following items may not be served, sold or given as free promotion anywhere on the school property at anytime before the end of the school day:

Foods of minimal nutritional value (FMNV) as defined by U.S. Department of Agriculture regulations.
All food and beverage items listing sugar, in any form, as the first ingredient and all forms of candy.

Eastern Camden County Regional School District shall reduce the purchase of any products containing trans fats. All snacks and beverage items sold or served anywhere on school property during the school day, including items sold in a la carte lines, vending machines, snack bars, school stores and fundraisers shall meet the following standards:

1. Based on manufacturers nutritional data or nutrient facts labels:
No more than eight grams of total fat per serving, with the exception of nuts and seeds
No more than two grams of saturated fat per serving
2. All beverages shall not exceed 12 ounces, with the following exceptions:
Water
Milk containing two percent or less fat.
3. Whole milk shall not exceed eight ounces

In addition:

• At least 60 percent of all beverages offered, other than milk and water, shall be 100 percent fruit or vegetable juices.
• No more than 40 percent of all ice cream/frozen dessert shall be allowed to exceed the above standards for sugar, fat, and saturated fat


Food and beverages served during special school celebrations or during curriculum related activities shall be exempt from this policy, with the exception of food of minimal nutritional value as defined by USDA regulations.


This policy does not apply to: medically authorized special needs diets pursuant to 7 CFR Part 210; school nurses using FMNVs during the course of providing health care to individual students; or special needs students whose Individualized Education Plan (IEP) indicates their use for behavior modification.


Adequate time shall be allowed for student meal service and consumption and the district shall provide a pleasant dining environment. Eastern Camden County Regional School District shall incorporate nutrition education and physical activity consistent with the New Jersey of Education Core Curriculum Standards.


The Eastern Camden County Regional School District Board of Education is committed to promoting the Nutrition Policy with all food service personnel, teachers, nurses, coaches and other school administrative staff so they have the skills they need to implement this policy and promote healthy eating practices. The Board of Education will work towards expanding awareness about this policy among students, parents, teachers and the community at large.

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