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School Wellness Guidelines

(Tue Sep 19, 2006)


“Learning in a Caring Community”





School Wellness/National School Lunch Program/

Foods of Minimal Nutritional Value (FMNV)



Beginning in September, 2006, the following guidelines are in effect at Edgar Middle School to promote school wellness and healthy nutrition for students.  These guidelines are consistent with recent changes in legislation regarding the National School Lunch Program, and will be consistent with Metuchen Board of Education policy in this area.


We are committed to:


Ø     Providing students with healthy and nutritious foods;

Ø     Encouraging the consumption of fresh fruits and vegetables, low fat milk and whole grains;

Ø     Supporting healthy eating through nutrition education;

Ø     Encouraging students to select and consume all components of the school meal;

Ø     Providing students with the opportunity to engage in daily physical activity.

Ø     Engaging staff, students, parents, and all school community members to promote, implement, and monitor these guidelines.


Restrictions Prohibited Items:


The following items shall not be served, sold, or given out as free promotion anywhere on school property at anytime before the end of the school day.  This includes the hours during the after school program:


Ø     Foods of minimal nutritional value (FMNV) as defined by the U.S. Department of Agriculture regulations;  (list attached)

Ø     All food and beverage items listing sugar, in any form, as the first ingredient;

Ø     All forms of candy



All snacks and beverage items sold or served anywhere on school property during the school day, including ala carte lines, vending machines, snack bars, school stores, and fundraisers, shall meet the following standards;


Ø     Based on manufacturers nutritional data or nutrient labels:

§        No more than eight (8) grams of total fat per serving, with the exception of nuts and seeds.

§        No more than two grams of saturated fat per serving.


Ø     All beverages shall not exceed 12 ounces, with the following    exceptions:

§        Water.

§        Milk containing two percent or less fat.


Ø     Whole milk shall not exceed eight ounces.


Ø     Additionally, at the middle school level, at least 60 percent of all beverages offered, other than milk and water, shall be 100 percent fruit or vegetable juices.  No more than 40 percent of all ice cream/frozen desserts shall be allowed to exceed the above standards for sugar, fat, and saturated fat. 



Please note the following:

o       These guidelines apply to all special school celebrations and curriculum related activities initiated by school staff;

o       School staff members are not permitted to provide candy as a reward or comfort food to students.

o       All fundraisers must adhere to these guidelines.

o       These guidelines do not apply to medically authorized special needs diets or school nurses using FMNVs during the course of providing health care to individual students; or special needs students whose IEP indicates their use for behavior modification.