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Local Wellness Policies (LWP)

Schools play a critical role in promoting student health, preventing childhood hunger and obesity, and combating problems associated with poor nutrition and physical inactivity. In 2004, Congress passed the Child Nutrition and Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC) Reauthorization Act (Sec. 204 of Public Law 108-265). This act required by law that all local education agencies (LEAs) participating in school nutrition programs create local wellness policies by School Year 2006. The legislation places the responsibility of developing a wellness policy at the local level so the individual needs of each LEA can be addressed.

In 2010, Congress passed the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 (Sec. 204 of Public Law 111-296), and added new provisions for local wellness policies related to implementation, evaluation, and communication. 

In 2014, local wellness policy requirements were incorporated into the North Carolina State Board of Education (SBE) Healthy Active Children Policy.

Implementation Timeline

Local Wellness Policy Requirements

Local Wellness Policy Resources Handout




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Sample LWP

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