Wellness in Action!

A Guide to AESD’s Wellness Policy

The Anaheim Elementary School District is committed to providing school environments that promote and protect children’s health, well-being, and ability to learn by supporting healthy eating and physical activity. The wellness policy guides how our schools make the healthy choice, the easy choice.

AESD Food & Beverage Guidelines

An Allowable Snack does not contain more than:

  • 35% of calories from fat
  • 10% of calories from saturated fat
  • 35% sugar by weight
  • 200 calories for elementary students

Exempt Snacks can be served without meeting the guidelines:

  • Eggs
  • Cheese packaged for individual sale
  • Fruit
  • Legumes
  • Vegetables that have not been deep fried

Acceptable School Beverages:

  • Water (no added sweetener)
  • Fruit or vegetable based drinks (no less than 50% fruit or vegetable juice and no added sweetener)
  • Milk (1%, nonfat, flavored, soy)
  • Allowable Food & Beverage Snack List For Students*

    (Items must meet guidelines unless exempt: please note AESD is a nut free district)

    Preferred Items:

    • Fresh fruits and vegetables
    • Dried fruit
    • Canned fruits (applesauce & peach cups)
    • Cheese (reduced fat)
    • Popcorn (consider allergies from oil)
    • Low fat yogurt
    • Bakery items (low fat muffins, low fat bagels)
    • Pretzels
    • Graham crackers
    • Goldfish crackers
    • Yogurt covered raisins
    • Frozen juice/fruit bars (no less than 50% juice)
    • Acceptable school beverages

    Limited Items:

    (Items must meet guidelines unless exempt)

    • Granola bars
    • Frozen yogurt or sorbet
    • Cookies (low fat, low sugar)
    • Smoothies

    Not Allowable:

    (Items not meeting guidelines)

    • Sodas
    • Candy or gum
    • Fried chips (Potato, Doritos, Cheetos, etc.)
    • Food at personal celebrations
    • Food rewards

    *This list of items is not intended to be all inclusive. The District’s Wellness Policy is applicable the midnight before and up to ½ hour after school.
    ** After school programs also follow this list

    Policy Before the Policy After the Policy
    Foods Availableto Students Any chips, candy, soda, cookies, cakes, etc.
    • There are established guidelines that indicate which foods are allowed to be offered or sold
    Classroom Celebrations Could serve any type of food, anytime of the day, and at all celebrations
    • Food is only served at a maximum of 1 time per trimester, approved by principal
    • Food must follow the Federal Nutrition Guidelines
    Non-Food Celebrations Were encouraged, but not enforced
    • Policies are in place to promote alternative non-food celebrations such as: scavenger hunts, sports games, arts & crafts, computer time, and extra recess time
    Advertising Any food or beverage could be marketed on school campus
    • Schools may not advertise non-nutritious food and beverages including logos, signs, and coupons/free giveaways
    Food Safety Only addressed in the school cafeteria, not in classrooms
    • Food provided or donated to schools must not be homemade. Only foods that are store bought and nut free may be served to students
    Fundraising No restrictions on the type of fundraisers held on campus
    • Food items used for fundraising must meet Federal Nutrition Guidelines
    • Strongly support the use of non-food fundraisers such as jog-a-thons, dance-a-thons, color runs, and gift wrapping
    Food as a Reward Commonly used as an incentive for daily academic or behavior tasks (cookies, candy, ice cream, etc.)
    • Not allowed due to the negative physical, psychological, and emotional impact it may have on student health
    • Utilize non-food items such as water bottles, extra recess time, and school supplies

    Here are some of the highlights of our policy:

    The District believes that the introduction of nutrition related concepts helps foster healthy lifestyle behaviors.

    Physical Education and activity during the school day follows the Board adopted requirement that all students receive a minimum of 200 minutes of physical education every 10 school days.

    The District encourages the use of fine and gross motor skills, sports, and any other form of physical activity as a substitute for classroom rewards, celebrations, and school fundraisers.

    Get Involved!

    • Ask how you can help support your school’s wellness efforts
    • Join the PTA and help start activity-based fundraisers and family events at your child’s school
    • Join parent learning opportunities at your child’s school
    • Bring in non-food items for class celebrations
    • Pack a healthy lunch for your child including at least one fruit and vegetable

    *These policies are also followed by after school programs