S.O.U.L. Academy recognizes that good nutrition and regular physical activity affect the health and well-being of our students. Furthermore, research suggests that there is a positive correlation between a student's health and well-being and his/her ability to learn. Our role is important in the developmental process by which students establish their health and nutrition habits. We provide nutritious meals and snacks through our school’s meal program, supporting the development of good eating habits and promoting increased physical activity both in and out of school.
Our School Team meet twice during the school term, September and February to ensure compliance and to facilitate the implementation of our wellness policy. The school principal and local school staff shall have the responsibility to comply with federal and state regulations as they relate to S.O.U.L. Academy wellness policy. At S.O.U.L. Academy, the Kitchen Manager is responsible for establishing the Healthy School Team that will ensure compliance with the policy.
The Healthy School Team should include, but not be limited to, the following stakeholders: parents, students, school food service program representatives, school administrators, school health professionals, physical education teachers and the general public.
Our Healthy School Team is responsible for:
S.O.U.L. Academy will review and consider evidence-based strategies and techniques in establishing goals for nutrition promotion and education, physical activity and other school based activities that promote student wellness to include, at a minimum, a review of Smarter Lunchroom tools and techniques.
Nutrition promotion can positively influence lifelong eating behaviors by creating food environments that encourage healthy choices and encourage participation in the school meal programs.
Academic performance and quality of life issues are affected by the choice and availability of nutritious foods in our schools. Healthy foods support student physical growth, brain development, resistance to disease, emotional stability and ability to learn.
S.O.U.L. Academy shall ensure that physical activity is an essential element of each school’s instructional program. The program shall provide the opportunity for all students to develop the skills, knowledge and attitudes necessary to participate in a lifetime of physical activity.
Other School-Based Activities
S.O.U.L. Academy will integrate wellness activities across the entire school setting. These initiatives will include nutrition, physical activity and other wellness components so that all efforts work towards the same set of goals and objectives used to promote student well-being, optimal development and strong educational outcomes.
-S.O.U.L. Academy shall consider the components of the Centers for Disease Control’s Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child (WSCC) model in establishing other school-based activities that promote wellness.
-The goals outlined by the wellness policy will be considered in planning all school-based activities (such as school events, field trips, dances and assemblies).
- Afterschool programs will encourage healthy snacking and physical activity.
-S.O.U.L. Academy shall actively develop and support the engagement of students, families and staff in community health-enhancing activities and events at the school or throughout the community.
-Each school within S.O.U.L. Academy shall be in compliance with drug, alcohol and tobacco-free policies.
-Students will be provided an adequate amount of time to consume their meal with a minimum of 20 minutes after receiving their food from the line.
-Each school will provide nutritious, fresh, locally grown food that reflects Florida’s bountiful harvest.
-Convenient access to facilities for hand washing and oral hygiene will be available during meal periods.
Healthier US School Challenge
-All schools will be encouraged to join the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Team Nutrition program and submit an application to be recognized as a Healthier US School Challenge: Smarter Lunchrooms (HUSSC: SL) school.
-Each school shall maximize the reduction of waste by recycling, reusing, composting and purchasing recycled products.
-S.O.U.L. Academy wellness committee will have a staff wellness subcommittee that focuses on staff wellness issues, identifies and distributes wellness resources and performs other functions that support staff wellness in coordination with human resources staff.
-All staff will be provided with opportunities to participate in physical activities and healthy eating programs that are accessible and free or low-cost.
-A coordinated program of accessible health services shall be provided to students and staff and shall include, but not be limited to, violence prevention, school safety, communicable disease prevention, health screening, including body mass index, community health referrals, immunizations, parenting skills and first aid/CPR training.
Use of School Facilities Outside of School Hours
-Each school will promote the use of school facilities outside of school hours for physical activity programs offered by community-based organizations and for the school community’s use. Parents will be allowed to bring their children to the school and have access to basketball courts, playgrounds and track facilities.
-S.O.U.L. Academy is committed to prohibiting the use of food as a reward, unless incorporated into an activity that promotes positive nutrition messages (such as a guest chef or field trip to a farm).
-Teachers and other school personnel will not deny or require physical activity as a means of punishment.
Guidelines for All Foods and Beverages Available During the School Day
S.O.U.L. Academy shall operate and provide food service in accordance with USDA’s National School Lunch Program (NSLP) standards and applicable laws and regulations of the state of Florida. The guidelines for reimbursable school meals shall not be less restrictive than regulations and guidance issued by USDA.
-All reimbursable meals will meet nutrition standards mandated by USDA, as well as any additional state nutrition standards that go beyond USDA requirements.
-School meals will include a variety of nutrient-dense foods, including whole grains and fiber-rich fruits and vegetables, while accommodating special dietary needs and ethnic and cultural food preferences.
-To the maximum extent possible, S.O.U.L. Academy will participate in available federal school meal programs, including the SBP, NSLP, ASSP, AMP, and SFSP.
-Free, potable water will be made available to all children during each meal service.
-All foods and beverages sold on the school campus to students outside of reimbursable school meals are considered “competitive foods,” and must comply with the nutrition standards for competitive food as defined and required in 7 CFR 210.11.
o School campus means, for the purpose of competitive food standards implementation, all areas of the property under the jurisdiction of the school that are accessible to students during the school day.
o School day means, for the purpose of competitive food standards implementation, the period from the midnight before, to 30 minutes after the end of the official school day.
-Competitive foods include items sold a la carte in the cafeteria, from vending machines, school stores, snack bars and for in-school fundraisers.
-Unless being sold by S.O.U.L. Academy food service program, it is impermissible for any competitive food item sold to students during the school day to consist of ready-to-eat combination foods of meat or meat alternate and grain products, as defined in 7 CFR 210.10 and 210.11. (FAC 5P-1.003)
-To be allowable, all competitive food items sold to students must meet general nutrition requirements and nutrient standards.
General nutrition requirements for competitive foods:
-Be a grain product that contains 50 percent or more whole grains by weight or have a whole grain as the first ingredient; or
-Have as the first ingredient one of the non-grain major food groups: fruits, vegetables, dairy or protein foods (meat, beans, poultry, seafood, eggs, nuts, seeds, etc.); or
-Be a combination food that contains 1⁄4 cup of fruit and/or vegetable.
-If water is the first ingredient, the second ingredient must be one of the above.
Nutrient standards for competitive foods;
Nutrient Standards Snack Items and Side Dishes Entrée Items
Calories 200 calories or less 350 calories or less
Sodium Limits 200mg or less 480mg or less
Total Fat Limits 35% or less of total calories 35% or less of total calories
Saturated Fat Less than 10% of total calories Less than 10% of total calories
Sodium Limits 200mg or less 480mg or less as served
(less than or equal to 0.5g per portion) (less than or equal to 0.5g per portion)
Sugar 35% of weight from total sugar as served or less 35% of weight from total sugar as served or less
Nutrition standards for beverages:
Portion sizes listed are the maximum that can be offered.
Beverages Elementary Middle High
Plain water unlimited unlimited unlimited
Unflavored low-fat milk 8floz 12floz 12floz
Unflavored or flavored fat-free milk 8floz 12floz 12floz
100% fruit or vegetable juice 8floz 12floz 12floz
100% fruit or vegetable juice diluted 8floz 12floz 12floz with water but no added sweeteners
Other flavored and/or carbonated not allowed not allowed 20floz
beverages that are labeled to contain 5 calories or less per 8 fl. oz., or 10 calories or less per 20 fl. oz.
Other flavored and/or carbonated beverages not allowed not allowed 12floz (that are labeled to contain 40 calorie or less per 8 fl. oz. or 60 calories or less per 12 fl. oz.)
For elementary and middle school students: foods and beverages must be caffeine-free with the exception of trace amounts of naturally occurring caffeine substances. Food and beverages for high school students may contain caffeine.
Standards for food and beverages available during the school day that are not sold to students:
School Type Maximum Number of School Days to Conduct
Elementary Schools 5 days
Middle School/Junior High Schools 10 days
Senior High Schools 15 days
Combination Schools 10 days
Our Healthy School Team will maintain a school calendar identifying the dates when exempted competitive food fundraisers will occur. (FAC 5P-1.003)