Wellness Policy

Wellness Policy Guidelines

Recommendations for In-School Birthday Celebrations

Non-food Ways to Celebrate

  • Pencils
  • Erasers
  • Stickers
  • Bookmarks
  • Party trinkets
  • Donate a book to the school library or classroom in honor of the child’s birthday with a personalized gift acknowledgement plate inside
  • Donate playground/physical activity equipment – jump ropes, balls, etc.
  • Celebrate with games chosen by the student
  • Have a dance party
  • Engage students in a special art project
  • Go for a fun run with the principal or local hero (fireman, major athlete)

Healthy Snack Ideas

Food Items*

Foods served to the class must meet certain criteria:

  • No baked goods from home
  • Cookie Tray available through Food Service (see attached order form)
  • 10 grams of fat or less in snack foods
    • Two ounces for chips, crackers, popcorn, cereal, trail mix, dried fruit, or jerky
    • Two ounces for cookies
    • Two ounces for cereal bars, granola bars, muffins, bagels, and other bakery items;
    • Mini muffins, banana bread slices
    • Mini cupcakes or angel cake, very lightly frosted, sprinkles or plain
  • Ice cream/yogurt products will be 8 grams of fat or less
    • Four fluid ounces for frozen desserts, including, but not limited to low-fat or fat-free ice cream
    • Eight ounces for non-frozen yogurt;
  • Twenty fluid ounces or less for beverages, excluding water
    • Juices will be only 100% real fruit juice
    • Soda is not allowed
  • Fresh fruit tray – whole, wedges, slices (dip in orange juice to retain color)
  • Fresh vegetable tray (baby carrots, grape tomatoes, celery sticks, cucumber spears, red and green pepper strips, cauliflower and broccoli florets) with reduced fat ranch or yogurt-based dip
  • String cheese, cheese cubes or slices with whole grain crackers
  • All items must be purchased and comply with portion size and fat content
  • ALL CELEBRATIONS:  No baked goods from home
  • Find more snack ideas at www.newenglanddairycouncil.org