Wellness Policies

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The Local School Wellness Policy requirement, mandated by the United States Department of Agriculture through the Child Nutrition and WIC Reauthorization Act of 2004, and further strengthened by the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010, requires the development and implementation of a school wellness policy to establish a school environment that promotes students’ health, well-being, and ability to learn by supporting healthy eating and physical activity.

District Wellness Policy Assessment

In 2007, the UC Davis Center for Nutrition in Schools (CNS) developed a district wellness policy assessment, called the School and Community Actions for Nutrition (SCAN) Survey.  This self-assessment tool is designed to provide members of the school community with an easy and effective method for monitoring and evaluating progress in nutrition-related areas of the school district that will positively assist children in improving food behaviors and promote health.

The SCAN Survey addresses the following areas:

  • Wellness Policy Implementation
  • School Environment
  • Student Education Systems
  • Professional Development
  • Parent Involvement
  • Community Partnerships

The SCAN Survey is set up in a rubric format with a scoring system, allowing for a straightforward and comprehensive assessment of the existing district's policies and programs related to nutrition.

We invite you to download the SCAN Survey:

External Resources 

On our External Resources page we provide links to external sites with content that may be of use to individuals seeking information about curriculum related to nutrition in schools.