School Wellness

Wellness Report

  •  Wellness Policy and Administrative Guidelines 

     2015-2016 Wellness Summary Report with Administrative Guidelines

    Student well-being is an obvious and legitimate concern for educators, parents and the students themselves.  It is also an issue for federal, state and local governmental bodies.  In 2004, the federal government required every school district that participates in the federal meals programs to enact a wellness policy by the beginning of the 2006-2007 school year.  Accordingly, the state of Florida directed compliance by passing Statute S.381.0056 (Florida Statutes), stating that school districts have the responsibility to “develop, implement, monitor, review and, as necessary, revise school nutrition and physical activity policies.”

    The Pinellas County Schools’ PreK-12 Health Education Office and the Food Services Department partnered to develop policy and guidelines to meet the requirement.  A comprehensive cross-functional team surveyed stakeholders on their core values related to the schools’ role in wellness promotion.  Survey results were analyzed and compared to “best practice” policies from around the nation, policy and administration guidelines were written, and through feedback loops, consensus was gained from stakeholders before submitting the final draft to the superintendent and for school board approval in 2006.  

Teen Cuisine

  • Teen_cuisine       Quick Bites

    The Teen Cuisine Quick Bites video program is sponsored by the Steps to a Healthier FL/Pinellas grant. Ten middle school students from John Hopkins Middle School were selected from auditions. The program highlights recipes reflecting the Health Tips of the Month created by the Food Service Department. The Suncoast Cooks and Chefs Association of Pinellas and the Tampa Bay Culinary Association provided the chefs to work with the teens on the cooking show. The teens act as hosts and cooks showing how to prepare quick recipes for a healthy diet.

    The teens prepared forty different recipes reflecting a health tip of the month. These segments will run about 4-5 minutes each. The segments will be broadcast on WPDS Channel 14 and other local television stations each month as they reflect the health tips for that month.   

    Sample Video Clips


Food in Schools

  • School Events

    Parents who would like to send snacks should call the school office or teacher to make sure the items are within the guidelines. School provided snacks must comply with the fat and sugar limits of the Pinellas County Schools Nutrition Standards and may not contain any FMNV or consist of candy or dessert type items (cookies, cakes, cupcakes, pudding, ice cream or frozen desserts, etc.).

    With principal permission, students may be given low nutritional foods, candy items or other restricted foods during the school day for up to two different school-approved events each year. These food items may not be given while school meals are being served.

    Instructional Use of Food in Classroom

    • For instructional purposes, as part of a prepared lesson, teachers may use food with minimal nutritional value.
    • Students may consume food prepared in class for instructional purposes on an occasional basis.

    Smart Snacks in School


Food Service

Youth Physical Activity

  • Being physically active is one of the most important steps to being healthy. Families, schools, and communities are an ideal setting for teaching youth how to adopt and maintain a healthy, active lifestyle. These resources can help youth learn how to be physically active for a lifetime. 

    The Role of the Communities
    The Role of the Schools
    The Role of the Family

Health Tip of the Month

  • Physical Activity January
    Physical activity strengthens your heart and lungs.
    Healthy Eating February Stay focused on low-fat choices.
    Breakfast March Start your day right . . . begin with breakfast.
    Drinking Water April Drink eight (8) glasses of water each day.
    Diabetes May Be a Diabetes Detective.
    Safety June Don't take chances . . play it safe.
    Asthma July Be aware of Asthma Aggravators.
    Fiber August Fiber is your friend.
    Fruits and Vegetables September
    Eat at Least 5 Fruits and Vegetables a Day.
    Bone Health October Keep 206 Strong Bones.
    Food Safety November Wash your hands before eating and after using the restroom.
    Portion Control December
    Know your portion size for each food group.