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DoDEA Health and Wellness Program: School Meal Program

Qualified child nutrition professionals provide students with access to a variety of affordable, nutritious, and appealing foods that meet the health and nutrition needs of students. Small elementary school boy with school lunch

To the maximum extent possible, DoDEA schools participate in available DoD Student Meal Programs. Qualified child nutrition professionals provide students with access to a variety of affordable, nutritious, and appealing foods that meet the health and nutrition needs of students and accommodate religious, ethnic, and cultural diversity of the student body in meal planning and provides clean, safe, and pleasant settings and adequate time for students to eat.

Each DoDEA District has a District Wellness Policy that sets nutrition guidelines for all foods and beverages available during the school day. It also contains goals for nutrition education, physical activity and other school activities such as staff wellness programs. In order for the most efficient wellness policy, Districts bring together Wellness Committees comprised of members of the school and community who share a vision of promoting quality nutrition and physical activity. Local School Wellness Policy

Local School Wellness Policy Resources
The resources here will provide important background information on Local School Wellness Policy development and model school wellness policies developed by school systems throughout the nation. Visit the website.

Information on AAFES School Meal Program
Visit the AAFES School Meal Program website for information on school lunches and nutrition.

The HealthierUS School Challenge (HUSSC)
The HealthierUS School Challenge (HUSSC) is a voluntary initiative established in 2004 to recognize those schools participating in the National School Lunch Program that have created healthier school environments through promotion of nutrition and physical activity.

Don't forget to have a Good Breakfast!
Don't forget that a good breakfast is the most important meal of the day for students. This meal's very name describes the important role it plays - breakfast breaks the fast you've endured all night while you slept. Traditional wisdom has been that you need to eat something for breakfast, even if most mornings find your house hectic and hurried, and even if you don't feel hungry. But, recent breakfast research demonstrates that what you eat matters just as much as the fact that you do eat. Find more ideas courtesy of the Defense Commissary Agency on healthy breakfasts.


2011 National Physical Education and Sport Week

Van Voorhis Elementary School joined thousands of others across the nation in May 2011 to show support for First Lady Michelle Obama's "Let's Move" initiative. Students and staff engaged in a variety of activities to increase awareness of the value of physical education and physical fitness.
2011 National Physical Education and Sport Week at Van Voorhis Elementary.

Staff Wellness
lunch bag

DoDEA highly values the health and well-being of every staff member and plans and implement activities and policies that support personal efforts by staff to maintain a healthy lifestyle. Each district/school establishes and maintains a staff wellness committee.
Staff wellness programs provide opportunities for the school faculty to engage in a wide variety of leisure time physical activities geared to adult interests and fitness readiness as well as nutrition education, physical fitness education, stress management and weight management.


Contact Us

Contact Information:
DoDEA Health and Wellness Program
4800 Mark Center Drive
Alexandria, VA 22350-1400