Epiphany will provide education to promote lifelong habits of healthy eating and physical activity. Linkages between health education, physical education, school meal programs and related community services will be fostered.
Integrating nutrition education into the classroom setting that:
is offered at each grade level as part of a comprehensive, standards-based program designed to provide students with the knowledge and skills necessary to promote and protect their health
promotes fruits, vegetables, whole grain products, low-fat and fat-free daily products, and health enhancing practices
emphasizes caloric balance between food intake and energy expenditure (physical activity/exercise); and nutrition related community services
links with school meals program
teaches media literacy with an emphasis on food marketing
includes training for teachers and other staff
encourages staff to model good nutrition
All students will be provided opportunities for physical education as part of Epiphany’s overall curriculum.
Students will spend at least 75 percent of physical education class time participating in moderate to vigorous physical activity.
Integrating Physical Activity into the Classroom Setting
Students need opportunities for physical activity beyond physical education class.
Classroom teachers are encouraged to develop opportunities for physical activity that can be incorporated into subject lessons and are encouraged to provide short, physical activity breaks during class.
Staff are encouraged to model physical activity.
Promoting a Healthy Lifestyle
Classroom instruction will complement physical education by reinforcing the knowledge and self-management skills needed to maintain a physically active lifestyle and to reduce time spent on sedentary activities such as watching television.
Rewards and Consequences
Physical activity is important, therefore, staff will use reasonable judgment before using physical activity or the withholding of physical activity as consequence. A student may miss a portion of recess as a consequence, but not the entire recess.
Food should be limited as a reward and not used as a consequence.