CA LSWP News - December 2016
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The California Local School Wellness Policy Collaborative brings together state leaders committed to supporting schools in creating and implementing strong wellness policies. We hope this newsletter provides you with the information you need to activate your district's policy. Read our November News and follow us on Twitter @CALSWP.  

A Healthy and Happy Holiday Season        

Close out the year with healthy classroom parties, recipes that warm your heart and flavor your celebrations, and activities that keep you moving at home and at school.     

New LCAP Resources + Lawndale Elementary School District     

California Food Policy Advocates recently released a kit of resources to demonstrate how the Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF) can be leveraged to support nutrition. These new resources serve as a starting point for school districts to identify ways to include wellness into their Local Control and Accountability Plan (LCAP).

Lawndale Elementary School District (LESD) is one of the districts already supporting nutrition and academic achievement with LCFF. LESD included promotion of health and wellness as a goal within their LCAP and funded a food service/wellness liaison at each school to promote wellness and encourage healthy choices for students and their families. Get the full scoop plus read other LCAP stories to discover how California school districts have already incorporated nutrition actions into their LCAP.

State ESSA Plans that Support Student Health and Wellness    

The Healthy Schools Campaign has announced the release of State ESSA Plans that Support Student Health and Wellness: A Framework for Action. The document was developed in conjunction with Alliance for a Healthier Generation, and the purpose is to assist health and wellness stakeholders in getting involved in state-level conversations around ESSA. For additional information, watch the archived webinar and download presentation slides.

2017 Out-of-School Time Nutrition Summits         

USDA out-of-school time nutrition programs provide a unique opportunity for community leaders to work collaboratively to support the health and development of local youth. Join community leaders and other nutrition advocates for The California Summer Meal Coalition's 2017 Out-of-School Time Nutrition Summits next month.

School Meal Programs Innovate to Improve Student Nutrition   

The Pew Charitable Trusts and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation recently released a report, School Meal Programs Innovate to Improve Student Nutrition, shedding light on which approaches have been most effective in the multiyear transition to healthier food and drink standards in schools. The report highlights the importance of more than just providing food; there is a need to view the school nutrition environment as an eating establishment that includes nutrition promotion and education with student engagement through taste testing and school nutrition events.

Free CATCH Lesson Samples      

Digital CATCH now contains 15 nutrition lesson samples and over 100 physical activities for K-8th grade students. This is a great opportunity for CATCH users to supplement their current teaching, or for newcomers to test drive the CATCH curriculum, at no cost. Get digital freebies here.  

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