This critical achievement is the culmination of many months of research, hard work and collaboration on the part of the Board of Education, NJPHK-Trenton staff and partners and wellness champions in the Trenton schools.
Marissa Davis, NJPHK-Trenton project manager said, “This is a step in the right direction, but by no means is the work over. Awareness, implementation and monitoring are in order to truly bring a culture of health and wellness to Trenton’s students and district staff. I am very excited to have the support of the Trenton Board of Education and that of the Family and Community Engagement department as we move this policy forward.”
The wellness policy addresses nutrition and physical activity and applies to all Trenton public schools. The policy provides guidelines governing the nutritional quality of foods and beverages sold and served on campuses and for school celebrations and school-sponsored events. Physical activity will be integrated into classroom and afterschool programs. The policy includes a Safe Routes to School provision, with the school district committing to assessing and, if necessary, making improvements to make it easier for students to walk and bike to school.
A District Wellness Council, with each school represented by one member, will oversee execution of the policy.
The next steps include the Culture of Health survey distributed to all district schools and creation of a Wellness Room in Joyce Kilmer Middle School.SHARE: