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Wellness and Smart Snack Standards

On April 22, 2014, the Federal USDA released new nutritional standards for all snacks sold in schools effective July 1, 2014.  


Smart Snack Nutrition Standards 

Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010, required rules that affect “competitive foods” sold in schools. These snacks and beverages, purchased outside of the regular USDA reimbursable meals, “compete” nutritionally with regulated school meals.

The Smart Snack nutrition standards apply to:

  • All grade levels and school sites
  • All areas of each school’s property, under the jurisdiction of the school, that are accessible to students. The rules are in effect from midnight, until 30 minutes after school dismissal.
  • All foods sold, regardless of program, fund, or activity, including USDA a la carte programs, vending machines, student stores, culinary arts, PTA, ASB, periodic fund raisers and special events
  • There are no waivers or exceptions for fund raisers in Washington State. 

 The Smart Snack nutrition standards do not apply to:

  • Activities and fundraisers held 30 minutes after school is dismissed through midnight.
  • Events held off school property
  • Food given away free of charge

To check if A la Carte foods and beverages meet the Smart Snacks standards, check items using the Smart Snacks Calculator

District Wellness

Children who eat well-balanced meals and are healthy are more likely to learn in the classroom. The Board supports increased emphasis on nutrition as well as physical activity at all grade levels to enhance the well-being of our District’s youth. Therefore, it is the policy of the Board to provide students:

Nutrition Standards USDA Meals: The District will provide school breakfasts and lunches which meet the nutritional standards required by State and Federal school breakfast and lunch programs.

Nutrition Standards For All Other Foods: The district follows the USDA's Smart Snacks Standards for all foods sold to students on Puyallup School District campuses from midnight to 30 minutes after schools release.

While students/parents are permitted to bring commercial foods to school that do not meet the Smart Snacks standards on occasions such as birthdays and holiday celebrations, these foods are not sold. The district encourages healthy food choices in all school operations, as well as nonfood based rewards.

Physical Education, Nutrition Education and Activity Promotion: 

  • All students in grades 1 through 8 are required to participate in physical education. This includes instruction and practice in basic movement and fine motor skills, progressive physical fitness, and wellness activities through age appropriate activities. All high school students are required to complete 2 credits of health and fitness unless they qualify for a waiver or have individual needs that preclude participation. The district encourages all high schools to offer a variety of health and fitness classes for each grade in high school.
  • In addition to required physical education, students at the elementary level should have the opportunity to participate in daily recess and physical activity. The district will provide daily recess period(s) for elementary school students, featuring time for unstructured but supervised active play. The district encourages co-curricular physical activity programs, including fully inclusive intramural programs and physical activity clubs; and to promote the use of school facilities for physical activity programs offered by the school and/or community-based organizations outside of school hours.
  • All foods and beverages made available through the federal breakfast and lunch program will be consistent with the nutrition standards established in the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 and USDA regulations.
  • All competitive food and beverage options sold and marketed on school campus during the student day (vending machines, school stores and programs) will follow USDA Smart Snack Guidelines.

Wellness Committee 

  • A copy of the district board policy 6700 can be accessed at the following link:  Board Policy 6700
  • The District Wellness Committee membership includes parents/guardians; students; representatives of the school nutrition program; representatives of health care, social services, and physical education; school administrators, school board representative; health professionals; and the general public.
  • The District Wellness Committee meets annually, every 4th Monday in February, and is open to district staff and community members.  The committee reviews the wellness policy procedures, annually, for compliance.  To obtain more information regarding the next meeting, please click on this link to the next:  Wellness Committee Announcement
  • A copy of the district wellness policy procedures can be accessed at this link: District Wellness Policy Procedures
  • Meeting minutes of the last Wellness Committee Meeting are posted at the following link:  Wellness Meeting Minutes
  • The Wellness Committee reviews the Puyallup School District Board Policy and compliance every three years.