Health and Wellness

Wellness Policies on Physical Activity and Nutrition

St. Matthew School
 Board Approval February 2013
Policy adopted: September 10, 2005 (Archdiocesan Board of Education)
Revised: August 25, 2012 (Archdiocesan Faith Formation Commission and Archdiocesan Catholic School Board

Catholic Schools “exist in order to educate the whole person; mind, body, and soul”. 1

In educating students about the body, they strive to develop “a profound reverence for the great gift of life, their own lives and the lives of others, along with readiness to spend themselves in serving all that preserves and enhances life.” 2

The schools governed by the Archdiocesan Catholic School Board strive to maintain a learning and working environment that promotes and protects children’s health, well-being, and ability to learn by supporting healthy eating and physical activity.

1.       Schools will engage students, parents, teachers, food service professionals, health professionals, and other interested community members in developing, implementing, monitoring, and reviewing local nutrition and physical activity practices and policies.
Heath Mueller Physical Education                  Kendra  Turner School Nurse
Amy Gutierrez Teacher                                      Kate VanBerkum Teacher
Joe Wolf Principal                                               Scott Ireland Board of Education
Carrie Reilly Food Service                                 Adam     Nguyen  Parent
Connor Collins HS Student                               Heather Kosikas  Parent
Tiernan Dolan Community                               Monica Challenger Parent
2.       Each school shall form a local committee, which includes representation from the following: students, parents, teachers (including physical education/wellness instructors), food service staff, school board, administration, school health professionals, and the public. This committee is charged with the operational responsibility for ensuring that the school develops a local wellness plan that meets the requirements of this policy. This committee shall appoint a school official to ensure compliance with this policy. Consideration may be given to expanding the School Improvement Advisory Committee (SIAC), or establishing a subcommittee of the SIAC, to serve as the local review committee.
Heath Mueller Physical Education                  Kendra  Turner School Nurse
Amy Gutierrez Teacher                                      Kate VanBerkum Teacher
Joe Wolf Principal                                               Scott Ireland Board of Education
Carrie Reilly Food Service                                 Adam     Nguyen  Parent
Connor Collins HS Student                               Heather Kosikas  Parent
Tiernan Dolan Community                               Monica Challenger Parent
3.       Ensure that all students in grades K-12 will have opportunities, support, and encouragement to be physically active on a regular basis. This will include an articulated curriculum, offering a wide range of activities leading to lifelong physical health.

Physical Education

All Grade levels Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday

I see each grade twice a week, one class on Monday, Thursday and the other on Tuesday, Friday

45 minute periods

5th – 8:30 to 9:15                 4th – 9:15 to 10:00

3rd – 10:00 to 10:45            Knd – 12:30 to 1:15

1st – 1:15 to 2:00                 2nd – 2:00 to 2:45

Approximately 10 minutes of instruction and 35 min of activity. One of the main objectives is to keep the students active and moving as much as possible during class.


Curriculum – Kansas Curriculum (Physical Essentials)

Kansas curriculum meets national standards for Physical Education.

All but one state requirement is met, water safety is not covered.


Units include:

Orientation – samples of units, and how class is run

Locomotor /Body/Space Awareness – hop, jump, skip, gallop

Ball Handling – throwing and catching

Manipulates – using a variety of equipment

Rhythms/Creative Movement – body motions, rhythms to music or beats

Fitness – heart rate, moderate physical activity

Striking/Kicking – using short and long instruments

Tumbling/Balancing – body and balance exploration

Integration with other Content Areas – integrating other subjects into physical education

Special Events – bowling, miniature golf, ect.

Speed Stacking – hand-eye coordination, quickness and ambidexterity

By the end of the year all students should know:

How many days a week we need exercise

How many minutes a day we need to get exercise

What the name of my class is (Physical Education)

What are some things that happen when you are unhealthy?


4. Foods and beverages sold or served at school will meet the nutrition recommendations of the U.S. Dietary Guidelines for Americans and be in compliance with state and federal law, including the Iowa Healthy Kids Act.


We are in compliance with the state and federal law and since the Iowa Healthy Kids Act went into effect July 2010 all food and beverage at St. Matthew School has met the US Dietary Guidelines.


5. Schools will provide nutrition education and promotion and physical education to foster lifelong habits of healthy eating and physical activity, and will establish linkages between health education and school meal programs, and with related community services.


Health is taught every Wednesday from 1:00-1:30

Units are from Harcourt Health and Fitness

Chapter 1 Growing Inside and Out                  Chapter 2 Staying Healthy

Chapter 3 Caring for Your Teeth                     Chapter 4 Food for Health

Chapter 5 Being Active                                      Chapter 6 Home and Travel Safety

Chapter 7 Safety While Playing                       Chapter 8 Staying Well
Chapter 9 Medicines Help Drugs Hurt            Chapter 10 All about Feelings

Chapter 11 Family Life                                      Chapter 12 A Healthy Community

1st Grade

Every Thursday 2:00-2:30

Harcourt – Health and Nutrition

Chapter One – You are Growing                       Chapter Two – Taking Care of Your Body

Chapter Four- Wonderful Food                        Chapter Five- Keeping Active

Chapter Eight- Staying Well

Community Services – Collected food for the Food Pantry during Advent

2nd Grade

Harcourt Health and Fitness

We teach once a week for 20-30 minutes

Ch. 1 Your Growing Body                                 Ch. 2 Caring for Your Body

Ch. 3 Caring for Your Teeth                              Ch. 4 Food for Fitness

Ch. 5 Keeping Fit and Active                            Ch. 6 Avoiding Danger

Ch. 7 Staying Safe                                              Ch. 8 Staying Well

Ch. 9 Medicines and Drugs                                Ch. 10 Your Feelings

Ch. 11 Your Family                                            Ch. 12 Caring for Your Neighborhood

3rd Grade

Wednesdays 2:30-3:00

Human Body Unit-Our Amazing Body bones, muscles, digestion, circulatory systems

Dental health                                                        Drug –Alcohol Awareness

Sound unit- ear                                                    Fire safety/Burn safety/electrical safety

Summer safety                                                    Bike Safety and bullying by Police Pal

About Yourself and others-feelings, bullying, relationships

Human Growth and development                   Good citizenship- community, environment

4th Grade
Friday 11:00-11:45 every week
Book: Harcourt Health and Fitness
Chapter 2 Personal Health                                                Chapter 3 Food and Health
Chapter 4 Fitness and Activity                         Chapter 8 Medicines, Drugs and Your Health
Chapter 12 Living in a Healthful Community
Community Service: Collected Supplies for the Community Free Health Clinic

Fifth Grade

Every Thursday Sr. Mary’s class 1:05-1:45     Mrs. G’s class 2:15-2:45

Harcourt Brace: Health and Fitness

Chapter 1 A growing and Changing Body      Chapter 2 Being a Wise Consumer: Teeth, skin, Hair, eyes, ears

Chapter 3 Foods for Good Nutrition                Chapter 4 Keeping Fit and Active

Chapter 5 Planning for Safety                          Chapter 6 Preventing Violence

Chapter 7 Learning about Disease                   Chapter 8 Legal and Illegal Drugs

Chapter 9 About Tobacco and Alcohol          Chapter 12 Working Toward a Healthful Community

Science Unit: Food and Nutrition Kit               Foss Britannica Science System

(9 weeks  MTWF  1:30- 2:10  and  2:10-2:50   (2 classes)

Community Service:  One hour walkathon to Collect donations for Bridgehaven.


6. Periodically make available to the school’s constituents (including parents, students and others in the community) an assessment on the implementation of the local plan, including the extent to which the school is in compliance with this policy, the extent to which the local plan compares to the model plan, and to describe the progress made in attaining the goals.

Information made available through the April parent letter, school web site and fall registration in early August.
7. Annually inform and update the school’s constituents about the content and implementation of the local plan.  (Most recent review: February 19, 2013 by the SIAC and Health Committee)


8. Food Service personnel will provide students with access to a variety of affordable, nutritious, and appealing foods that meet the health and nutrition needs of students; will accommodate the religious, ethnic, and cultural diversity of the student body in meal planning; and will provide clean, safe, and pleasant settings and adequate time for students to eat.


In the beginning of each school year St. Matthew’s Nutrition Director speaks to all students about our meal planning and healthy eating habits.  Nutritional information is throughout our cafeteria for the students to read.  We provide a clean, safe setting and an adequate time for students to eat.

9. To the extent it is possible, schools will participate in available federal school meal programs (including the School Breakfast Program, National School Lunch Program [including after-school snacks], Summer Food Service Program, Fruit and Vegetable Snack Program, and Child and Adult Care Food Program [including suppers]).


Our program at St. Matthew School follows the US Dietary Guidelines for the School Breakfast Program and National Lunch Program.  The program is looked after by the Iowa Department of Nutrition.  We have a State Consultant that we work closely with.


St. Matthew School will facilitate and promote quality USDA Child Nutrition Programs targeting the education, health and well-being of our school community.

The 6 targeted areas include:

  • Quality School Meals
  • Other Healthy Food Options
  • Nutrition and Physical Activity
  • Pleasant Eating Experiences
  • Nutrition Education
  • Marketing

          Guidelines for Foods during the School Day

The Reauthorization of the USDA Child Nutrition Programs by Congress in 2004 requires all schools to have a plan for addressing the health and wellness issue.  Our plan is to promote a healthy lifestyle whereby more students:

  • Eat breakfast regularly
  • Try new foods
  • Read food labels to make the best nutritional choices
  • Be aware of proper serving sizes
  • Limit sweets
  • Drink more milk
  • Increase daily activity

Foods brought to school

Foods served during the school day used for classroom parties, lunches brought from home, after-school care and enrichment programs (Art Club, violins, etc) will make a positive contribution to children’s diets and health, with an emphasis on serving fruits, vegetables and whole grains as the primary food.  St. Matthew School will assess if and when to offer snacks based on timing of meals, children’s nutritional needs, children’s ages and other considerations. In order to accomplish this, St. Matthew School will be following these guidelines.


Foods brought to school should have (per serving):

No more than 7 grams of fat and contribute less than 30 % of its calories from fat.

2 grams of saturated fat and contribute less than 10% of its calories from fat  and 0 trans fats.

No more than 15 grams of added sugar and contribute less than 25% sugar by weight.

No more than 370 mg of sodium.

100% Fruit juice


The list of items that follow these guidelines along with the proper serving size is made available to each family in the fall and posted on the school webpage.

Guest wishing to eat lunch with a student on their birthday (half – birthday) or Catholic Schools Week are encouraged to purchase a school meal or bring in a sack lunch from home.

Please notify the Nutrition Director by order form or by calling in before 9:00 am that day.

No Fast Food, Burger King, McDonalds, Panera, Subway etc. will be allowed.


10. Guidelines for reimbursable school meals shall not be less restrictive than regulations and guidance issued by the Secretary of Agriculture pursuant to the Healthy Hunger Free Kids Act of 2010.


Each year St. Matthew School must annually review our Paid Lunch Revenue to assure compliance with the Paid Lunch Equity requirements.