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Helmut Schmidt, Published November 10 2010

Fargo school wellness policy shaped up

Fargo School District residents are being invited to weigh in on an updated wellness policy for students and staff.

The policy, revised this summer by representatives from the district’s teachers, staff, administrators, school board, and community health and fitness groups, offers nutrition guidelines for school meals, snacks, events and fundraising for all age groups, as well as setting physical activity goals.

A presentation of the pumped up policy at Tuesday’s School Board meeting was its first reading, President Jim Johnson said.

Johnson instructed staff to post the policy on the district’s website so the public can read and comment on it.

If it’s found to be flabby, it will be shaped up as needed and the board will vote on its adoption.

“This may not be the perfect solution forever,” Superintendent Rick Buresh said, “but this represents a huge step forward from where we have been.”

Goldenberg said she liked that the policy includes district staff.

“This isn’t just a policy for our students ... It isn’t just, ‘Do as I say, not as I do.’ It’s our hope our staff will be role models,” she said.

Deb Laber, director of nutrition services, said the goal is to implement the updated policy next fall.

Dakota Medical Foundation provided a grant to pay the costs of reworking the wellness policy.

“This policy is very, very strong relative to other district policies,” said Rory Beil, director of the Cass Clay Healthy People Initiative. “You will find this document in whatever form it’s approved … will have a ripple effect beyond the walls” of Fargo Public Schools.

Readers can reach Forum reporter Helmut Schmidt at (701) 241-5583