CDC Looking for Innovative Local Wellness Policies
April 24, 2007 -- The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is calling for nominations of outstanding local school wellness policies. Candidate policies will be selected for meeting specific criteria, including innovativeness, potential for impact, and feasibility, and the greatest likelihood of effectiveness. Nominations should include the state, school district, a name and contact information for a district representative, and little information about the wellness policy.
Nominations for after-school and daycare programs that enhance nutrition and physical activity are also sought. These policies should be geared towards students ages 3-17 and should be implemented currently in after-school, before-school or daycare settings. After-school and before-school may be school-affiliated, public, private, or faith-based programs. They should not be affiliated with a licensed childcare facility. Daycare centers are facilities where licensed operators supervise and protect children in the absence of a parent or legal guardian.
The CDC is also looking for innovative policies or programs that expand access to affordable, higher quality, less calorie-dense foods in poor, inner-city communities. These programs should work towards enhancing the nutrition potential for children ages 3-17.
The submission deadline for all nominations is May 1, 2007. Local school wellness policy nominations should be sent to Seraphine Pitt Barnes at SpittBarnes@cdc.gov. After-school, daycare, and inner-city program nominations should be submitted to Holly Wethington at Hwethington@cdc.gov or Nicola Dawkins at firstname.lastname@example.org.