Sharpen the Wellness Policy in your School

Policy & Regulations

The new and improved Wellness Solution for Massachusetts is a resource dedicated to supporting and strengthening wellness policies in Massachusetts schools. New requirements for school wellness policies and committees have been included in both federal and state legislation. This site provides resources and tools to help meet those guidelines and regulations.

The Child Nutrition and WIC Reauthorization Act of 2004 set forth guidelines for the first iteration of local wellness policies. In 2010, the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act (HHFKA) at the federal level set new requirements for school wellness policies, and the Massachusetts Act Relative to School Nutrition set new requirements for school wellness advisory committees, the district-level groups responsible for making recommendations about local wellness policies. Together, these pieces of legislation will help to strengthen wellness policies in Massachusetts and ensure that they are comprehensive, collaborative, and continue to evolve as needs change.

On the pages that follow, you will find detailed information on policy requirements:

  1. Policy Requirements
  2. Steps in the Process
  3. School Wellness Advisory Committees
  4. Foods Available at School: School Meals and Competitive Foods
  5. Nutrition Education
  6. Nutrition Promotion
  7. Physical Education and Physical Activity
  8. Other Wellness Issues
  9. Sample Wellness Policies
  10. FAQs