James T Strickland Youth Center
James T Strickland Youth Center is committed to the optimal development of every Residents. James T Strickland Youth Center believes that for Residents to have the opportunity to achieve personal, academic, developmental and social success, we need to create positive, safe and health-promoting learning environments at every level, in every setting, throughout the Detention
This policy outlines James T Strickland Youth Center’s approach to ensuring environments and opportunities for all Residents to practice healthy eating and physical activity behaviors throughout the Detention day while minimizing commercial distractions. Specifically, this policy establishes goals and procedures to ensure that:
* Residents in James T Strickland Youth Center have access to healthy foods throughout the Detention/Detention day ‒ both through reimbursable School meals and other foods available for snacks in accordance with Federal and state nutrition standards;
* Residents have no access to vending machines or food sources outside of foods served through the Food Service Department
* Residents receive quality nutrition education that helps them develop lifelong healthy eating behaviors;
* Residents have opportunities to be physically active through a predetermined schedule before, during and after Detention;
* Detention engages in nutrition and physical activity promotion and other activities that promote Residents wellness;
* The Detention Staff is engaged in supporting the work of James T Strickland Youth Center in creating continuity between Detention and other settings for Residents and staff to practice lifelong healthy habits; and
* James T Strickland Youth Center establishes and maintains an infrastructure for management, oversight, implementation, communication about and monitoring of the policy and its established goals and objectives.
This policy applies to all Residents, staff and Detention and Classrooms in James T Strickland Youth Center. Specific measureable goals and outcomes are identified within each section below.
Detention Wellness Committee
Committee Role and Membership
James T Strickland Youth Center will convene a representative facility wellness committee (hereto referred to as the DWC that meets at minimum once a year to establish goals for and oversee Detention nutrition, health and safety policies and programs, including development, implementation and periodic review and update of this facility-level wellness policy (heretofore referred as “wellness policy”).
The DWC membership will represent all Detention levels and include (to the extent possible), but not be limited to: Residents advocate; representatives of the Detention nutrition program (e.g., Detention nutrition director); physical education teachers; health education teachers; Detention health professionals (e.g., health education teachers, Detention health services staff [e.g., nurses, physicians, dentists, health educators, and other allied health personnel who provide Detention health services], and mental health and social services staff [e.g., Detention counselors, psychologists, social workers, or psychiatrists]; Detention administrator (e.g.., superintendent, principal, vice principal), Detention board members; health professionals (e.g., dietitians, doctors, nurses, dentists)
The SYC Coordinator or designee(s) will convene the DWC and facilitate development of and updates to the wellness policy, and will ensure each Detention’s compliance with the policy.
James T Strickland Youth Center Wellness Committee
Name Title / Relationship to the Detention or Facility
Geoff Tynan Wellness Policy Coordinator
As Available Residential Advocate
Mark Sinclair Dietary Manager
Susan Lee Consulting Dietitian
Eddie Mitchell Education
Marquita Erobu Detention Representative
Wellness Policy Implementation, Monitoring, Accountability and Community Engagement
James T Strickland Youth Center will develop and maintain a plan for implementation to manage and coordinate the execution of this wellness policy. The plan delineates roles, responsibilities, actions and timelines specific to each Detention and classroom; and includes information about who will be responsible to make what change, by how much, where and when; as well as specific goals and objectives for nutrition standards for all foods and beverages available on the Detention campus, nutrition promotion and education, physical activity, physical education and other Detention-based activities that promote Residents wellness.
James T Strickland Youth Center will retain records to document compliance with the requirements of the wellness policy at [James T Strickland Youth Center Administrative Offices and/or on [James T Strickland Youth Center DYS compliance. Documentation maintained in this location will include but will not be limited to:
* The written wellness policy;
* Documentation demonstrating that the policy has been made available to the public;
* Documentation of efforts to review and update the Local Detention Wellness Policy; including an indication of who is involved in the update and methods James T Strickland Youth Center uses to make stakeholders aware of their ability to participate on the DWC;
* Documentation to demonstrate compliance with the annual public notification requirements;
* The most recent assessment on the implementation of the local Detention wellness policy;
* Documentation demonstrating the most recent assessment on the implementation of the Local Detention Wellness Policy has been made available to the public.
Annual Notification of Policy
James T Strickland Youth Center will actively inform families and the public each year of basic information about this policy, including its content, any updates to the policy and implementation status. James T Strickland Youth Center will make this information available via James T Strickland Youth Center website and/or facility-wide communications. James T Strickland Youth Center will provide as much information as possible about the Detention nutrition environment. This will include a summary of James T Strickland Youth Center’s events or activities related to wellness policy implementation. Annually, James T Strickland Youth Center will also publicize the name and contact information of James T Strickland Youth Center/Detention official leading and coordinating the committee.
At least once every three years, James T Strickland Youth Center will evaluate compliance with the wellness policy to assess the implementation of the policy and include:
* The extent to which Strickland Youth is in compliance with the wellness policy;
* The extent to which James T Strickland Youth Center’s wellness policy compares to the Alliance for a Healthier Generation’s model wellness policy; and
* A description of the progress made in attaining the goals of James T Strickland Youth Center’s wellness policy.
The position/person responsible for managing the Progress Assessment and contact information is Food Service Manager and James T Strickland Coordinator.
The DWC, in collaboration with individual Detention Center and School Educators, will monitor Detention and Site Schools compliance with this wellness policy.
James T Strickland Youth Center notify households/families of the availability of the triennial progress report via the James T Strickland Youth Center Website
Revisions and Updating the Policy
The DWC will update or modify the wellness policy based on the results of the annual Detention Wellness plan meeting and triennial assessments and/or as Facility priorities change; community needs change; wellness goals are met; new health science, information, and technology emerges; and new Federal or state guidance or standards are issued. The wellness policy will be assessed and updated as indicated at least every three years, following the triennial assessment.
Community Involvement, Outreach and Communications
James T Strickland Youth Center is committed to being responsive to community input, which begins with awareness of the wellness policy. James T Strickland Youth Center will actively communicate ways in which representatives of DWC and others can participate in the development, implementation and periodic review and update of the wellness policy through a variety of means appropriate for that facility. James T Strickland Youth Center will also inform parents of the improvements that have been made to Detention meals and compliance with DYS and National School Lunch Meal Standards, availability of child nutrition summer feeding programs and how to apply, and a description of and compliance with Smart Snacks in Detention nutrition standards. James T Strickland Youth Center will use electronic mechanisms, such as email or displaying notices on James T Strickland Youth Center’s website, as well as non-electronic mechanisms, such as newsletters, presentations to parents, or sending information home to parents, to ensure that all families are actively notified of the content of, implementation of, and updates to the wellness policy, as well as how to get involved and support the policy. James T Strickland Youth Center will ensure that communications are culturally and linguistically appropriate to the community, and accomplished through means similar to other ways that James T Strickland Youth Center and individual Detentions are communicating important Detention information with parents.
James T Strickland Youth Center will actively notify the public via Strickland Youth Center website about the content of or any updates to the wellness policy annually, at a minimum. James T Strickland Youth Center will also use these mechanisms to inform the community about the availability of the annual and triennial reports.
Nutrition and Food Services
James T Strickland Youth Center is committed to serving healthy meals to children, with plenty of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and fat-free and low-fat milk; that are moderate in sodium, low in saturated fat, and have zero grams trans fat per serving (nutrition label or manufacturer’s specification); and to meeting the nutrition needs of Detention children within their calorie requirements. The Detention meal programs aim to improve the diet and health of Detention children, help mitigate childhood obesity, model healthy eating to support the development of lifelong healthy eating patterns and support healthy choices while accommodating overall cultural food preferences and special dietary needs as ordered by a physician.
James T Strickland Youth Center participates in USDA child nutrition programs, including the National Detention Lunch Program (NSLP), the School Breakfast Program (SBP), and maintain nutritional guidelines established by Alabama Department of Youth Services. James T Strickland Youth Center is committed to offering residents meals through the NSLP and SBP programs, and other applicable Federal child nutrition programs available that:
* Are accessible to all Residents;
* Are appealing and attractive to residents;
* Are served in clean and pleasant settings;
* Meet or exceed current nutrition requirements established by local, state, and Federal statutes and regulations. (James T Strickland Youth Center offers reimbursable meals that meet USDA nutrition standards.)
* Promote healthy food and beverage choices using by providing a wide variety of foods at meals throughout residents stay at James T Strickland Youth Center:
− Whole fruit options are provided at meals and snacks as planned on the menu
− Sliced or cut fruit is available on the planned menu
− Daily fruit options are displayed in a location in the line of sight and reach of Residents.
− All available vegetable options have been given descriptive name.
− All staff members, especially those serving, have been trained to politely prompt
− White milk is placed in front of other beverages in all coolers.
− Dining space decor and Hallways promote healthy eating
− Residents artwork is displayed in the service and/or dining areas as available
* Menus will be posted on James T Strickland Youth Center website will include nutrient summary content
* Menus will be created/reviewed by a Registered Dietitian on an annual basis. A report for DYS will be maintained annually for review
* Detention meals are administered by a team of child nutrition professionals and Detention Staff.
* James T Strickland Youth Center child nutrition program will accommodate Residents with special dietary needs as ordered through the Medical Staff
* Residents will be allowed at least 10 minutes to eat breakfast and at least 20 minutes to eat lunch, counting from the time they have received their meal and are seated for their meal
* Residents are served lunch at a reasonable and appropriate time of day.
* Participation in Federal child nutrition programs will be promoted among Residents and families to help ensure that families know what programs are available during their childs stay at James T Strickland Youth Center
* James T Strickland Youth Center implement at 2 of the following five Farm to School activities annually
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− Incorporates Local and/or regional products into the Detention meal program through local vendors;
− Implements a Detention garden Program. Foods obtained in the garden are served to residents
− The food Service manager meets with a Detention Group every 6 months for taste testing of new food menu items and obtains request for upcoming menu items
Staff Qualifications and Professional Development
All Detention nutrition program directors, managers and staff will meet or exceed hiring and annual continuing education/training requirements established by National School Lunch Program and Alabama Department of Youth Services. Training records are maintained and reviewed annually
To promote hydration, free, safe, unflavored drinking water will be available to all Residents throughout the Detention day* and throughout every Detention campus* (“Detention campus” and “Detention day” are defined in the glossary). James T Strickland Youth Center will make drinking water available where Detention meals are served during mealtimes.
* Water cups/jugs will be available in the cafeteria
* All water sources and containers will be maintained on a regular basis to ensure good hygiene and health safety standards. Such sources and containers may include drinking fountains, water jugs, hydration stations, water jets and other methods for delivering drinking water.
Competitive Foods and Beverages
To support healthy food choices and improve Residents health and well-being, all foods and beverages outside the reimbursable Detention meal programs that are served to Residents on the Detention campus during the Detention day will meet or exceed the USDA Smart Snacks nutrition standards These standards will apply in all locations and through all services where foods and beverages are served.
Celebrations and Rewards
All foods offered on the Detention campus will meet or exceed the USDA Smart Snacks in Detention nutrition standards including through:
1. No outside food sources from families or teachers are provided to Residents
2. Classroom snacks at James T Strickland Youth Center will meet USDA Smart Snacks
3. Rewards and incentives- James T Strickland Youth Center will not use food as a reward, or withheld as punishment for any reason, such as for performance or behavior.
No fundraising is allowed James T Strickland Youth Center
Nutrition promotion and education positively influence lifelong eating behaviors by using evidence-based techniques and nutrition messages, and by creating food environments that encourage healthy nutrition choices and encourage participation in Detention meal programs. Residents and staff will receive consistent nutrition messages throughout Detentions, classrooms, gymnasiums, and cafeterias.
James T Strickland Youth Center will promote healthy food and beverage choices for all Residents throughout the Detention campus, as well as encourage participation in Detention meal programs. This promotion will occur through at least:
* Implementing at least ten or more evidence-based healthy food promotion techniques through the Detention meal programs using Smarter Lunchroom techniques; and
* Ensuring 100% of foods and beverages promoted to Residents meet the USDA Smart Snacks in Detention nutrition standards. Additional promotion techniques that James T Strickland Youth Center and individual Detentions may use are available at http://www.foodplanner.healthiergeneration.org/.
James T Strickland Youth Center will teach, model, encourage and support healthy eating by all Residents. Detentions will provide nutrition education and engage in nutrition promotion that:
* Is designed to provide Residents with the knowledge and skills necessary to promote and protect their health;
* Is part of not only health education classes, but also integrated into other classroom instruction through subjects such as math, science, language arts, social sciences and elective subjects;
* Includes enjoyable, developmentally-appropriate, culturally-relevant and participatory activities, such as cooking demonstrations or lessons, promotions, taste-testing, farm visits and Detention gardens;
* Promotes fruits, vegetables, whole-grain products, low-fat and fat-free dairy products and healthy food preparation methods;
* Emphasizes caloric balance between food intake and energy expenditure (promotes physical activity/exercise);
* Links with Detention meal programs, cafeteria nutrition promotion activities, Detention gardens, Farm to Detention programs, other Detention foods and nutrition-related community services;
* Teaches media literacy with an emphasis on food and beverage marketing; and
* Includes nutrition education training for teachers and other staff.
* Nutrition education will be offered at to meet a grade level 6 as part of a sequential, comprehensive, standards-based health education curriculum that meets state and national standards
* All health education teachers will provide opportunities for Residents to practice or rehearse the skills taught through the health education curricula (meets Healthy Detentions Program Silver/Gold-level criteria).
Essential Healthy Eating Topics in Health Education
James T Strickland Youth Center will include in the health education curriculum a minimum of 12 of the following essential topics on healthy eating:
* Relationship between healthy eating and personal health and disease prevention
* Food guidance from MyPlate
* Reading and using FDA's nutrition fact labels
* Eating a variety of foods every day
* Balancing food intake and physical activity
* Eating more fruits, vegetables and whole grain products
* Choosing foods that are low in fat, saturated fat, and cholesterol and do not contain trans fat
* Choosing foods and beverages with little added sugars
* Eating more calcium-rich foods
* Preparing healthy meals and snacks
* Risks of unhealthy weight control practices
* Accepting body size differences
* Food safety
* Importance of water consumption
* Importance of eating breakfast
* Making healthy choices when eating at restaurants
* Eating disorders
* The Dietary Guidelines for Americans
* Reducing sodium intake
* Social influences on healthy eating, including media, family, peers and culture
* How to find valid information or services related to nutrition and dietary behavior
* How to develop a plan and track progress toward achieving a personal goal to eat healthfully
* Resisting peer pressure related to unhealthy dietary behavior
* Influencing, supporting, or advocating for others’ healthy dietary behavior
Food and Beverage Marketing in Detention
James T Strickland Youth Center is committed to providing a Detention environment that ensures opportunities for all Residents to practice healthy eating and physical activity behaviors throughout the Detention day while minimizing commercial distractions. James T Strickland Youth Center strives to teach Residents how to make informed choices about nutrition, health and physical activity. These efforts will be weakened if Residents are subjected to advertising on Facility property that contains messages inconsistent with the health information James T Strickland Youth Center is imparting through nutrition education and health promotion efforts. It is the intent of James T Strickland Youth Center to protect and promote Residents’s health by permitting advertising and marketing for only those foods and beverages that are permitted to be sold on the Detention campus, consistent with James T Strickland Youth Center’s wellness policy.
Any foods and beverages marketed or promoted to Residents on the Detention campus* during the Detention day* will meet or exceed the USDA Smart Snacks in Detention nutrition standards [or, if stronger, “state nutrition standards”], such that only those foods that comply with or exceed those nutrition standards are permitted to be marketed or promoted to Residents.
Food and beverage marketing is defined as advertising and other promotions in Detentions. Food and beverage marketing often includes an oral, written, or graphic statements made for the purpose of promoting the sale of a food or beverage product made by the producer, manufacturer, seller or any other entity with a commercial interest in the product. This term includes, but is not limited to the following:
* Brand names, trademarks, logos or tags, except when placed on a physically present food or beverage product or its container.
* Displays, such as on vending machine exteriors
* Corporate brand, logo, name or trademark on Detention equipment, such as marquees, message boards, scoreboards or backboards (Note: immediate replacement of these items are not required; however, facilitys will replace or update scoreboards or other durable equipment when existing contracts are up for renewal or to the extent that is in financially possible over time so that items are in compliance with the marketing policy.)
* Corporate brand, logo, name or trademark on cups used for beverage dispensing, menu boards, coolers, trash cans and other food service equipment; as well as on posters, book covers, pupil assignment books or Detention supplies displayed, distributed, offered or sold by James T Strickland Youth Center.
* Advertisements in Detention publications or Detention mailings.
* Free product samples, taste tests or coupons of a product, or free samples displaying advertising of a product.
As James T Strickland Youth Center/Detention nutrition services/Athletics Department/PTA/PTO reviews existing contracts and considers new contracts, equipment and product purchasing (and replacement) decisions should reflect the applicable marketing guidelines established by James T Strickland Youth Center wellness policy.
Children and adolescents should participate in at least 60 minutes of physical activity every day. A substantial percentage of Residents’ physical activity can be provided through a comprehensive Detention physical activity program (CSPAP). A CSPAP reflects strong coordination and synergy across all of the components: quality physical education as the foundation; physical activity before, during and after Detention; staff involvement and family and community engagement and James T Strickland Youth Center is committed to providing these opportunities. Detentions will ensure that these varied physical activity opportunities are in addition to, and not as a substitute for, physical education (addressed in “Physical Education” subsection). All Detentions in James T Strickland Youth Center will be encouraged to participate in Let’s Move!
Physical activity during the Detention day (including but not limited to Outside Activity, classroom physical activity breaks or physical education) will not be withheld as punishment for any reason.
To the extent practicable, James T Strickland Youth Center will ensure that its grounds and facilities are safe and that equipment is available to Residents to be active. James T Strickland Youth Center will conduct necessary inspections and repairs.
James T Strickland Youth Center will provide Residents with physical education, using an age-appropriate, sequential physical education curriculum consistent with national and state standards for physical education. The physical education curriculum will promote the benefits of a physically active lifestyle and will help Residents develop skills to engage in lifelong healthy habits, as well as incorporate essential health education concepts
All Residents will be provided equal opportunity to participate in physical education classes. James T Strickland Youth Center will make appropriate accommodations to allow for equitable participation for all Residents and will adapt physical education classes and equipment as necessary.
All Facility Residents in each grade will receive physical education for at least 60-89 minutes per week throughout the Detention year. [
All [Facility] secondary Residents (middle and high Detention) are required to take the equivalent of one academic year of physical education.
James T Strickland Youth Center physical education program will promote Residents physical fitness through individualized fitness and activity assessments (via the Presidential Youth Fitness Program or other appropriate assessment tool) and will use criterion-based reporting for each Residents.
* Residents will be moderately to vigorously active for at least 50% of class time during most or all physical education class sessions (meets Healthy Detentions Program Silver-level criteria).
* All physical education teachers in [Facility] will be required to participate in at least a once a year professional development in education (meets Healthy Detentions Program Silver-level criteria).
* All physical education classes in [Facility] are taught by licensed teachers who are certified or endorsed to teach physical education (meets Healthy Detentions Program Gold-level criteria).
* Waivers, exemptions, or substitutions for physical education classes are not granted.
Essential Physical Activity Topics in Health Education
Health education will be required in all grades (elementary) and James T Strickland Youth Center will require middle and high Detention Residents to take and pass at least one health education course. James T Strickland Youth Center will include in the health education curriculum a minimum of 12 the following essential topics on physical activity:
* The physical, psychological, or social benefits of physical activity
* How physical activity can contribute to a healthy weight
* How physical activity can contribute to the academic learning process
* How an inactive lifestyle contributes to chronic disease
* Health-related fitness, that is, cardiovascular endurance, muscular endurance, muscular strength, flexibility, and body composition
* Differences between physical activity, exercise and fitness
* Phases of an exercise session, that is, warm up, workout and cool down
* Overcoming barriers to physical activity
* Decreasing sedentary activities, such as TV watching
* Opportunities for physical activity in the community
* Preventing injury during physical activity
* Weather-related safety, for example, avoiding heat stroke, hypothermia and sunburn while being physically active
* How much physical activity is enough, that is, determining frequency, intensity, time and type of physical activity
* Developing an individualized physical activity and fitness plan
* Monitoring progress toward reaching goals in an individualized physical activity plan
* Dangers of using performance-enhancing drugs, such as steroids
* Social influences on physical activity, including media, family, peers and culture
* How to find valid information or services related to physical activity and fitness
* How to influence, support, or advocate for others to engage in physical activity
* How to resist peer pressure that discourages physical activity.
All Detentions will offer at least 20 minutes of Outside Activity on all days during the Detention year. This policy is waved in school has early dismissal or lock down times related to security. If Outside Activity is offered before lunch, Detentions will have appropriate hand-washing facilities and/or hand-sanitizing mechanisms located just inside/outside the cafeteria to ensure proper hygiene prior to eating and Residents are required to use these mechanisms before eating. Hand-washing time, as well as time to put away coats/hats/gloves, will be built in to the Outside Activity transition period/timeframe before Residents enter the cafeteria.
Outdoor Outside Activity will be offered when weather is feasible for outdoor activity.
In the event that the Detention or facility must conduct indoor Outside Activity, teachers and staff will follow the indoor Outside Activity guidelines that promote physical activity for Residents, to the extent practicable. [Facility can insert indoor Outside Activity guidelines here, which might delineate a minimum amount of time for activity opportunities during indoor Outside Activity. If these guidelines do not yet exist, James T Strickland Youth Center wellness council will create them or facilitate their development on a Detention-by-Detention basis and include them here.] [If Facility opts for Detention-by-Detention indoor Outside Activity guidelines, insert: Each Detention will maintain and enforce its own indoor Outside Activity guidelines.]
Outside Activity will complement, not substitute, physical education class. Outside Activity monitors or teachers will encourage Residents to be active, and will serve as role models by being physically active alongside the Residents whenever feasible.
Classroom Physical Activity Breaks (Elementary and Secondary)
James T Strickland Youth Center recognizes that Residents are more attentive and ready to learn if provided with periodic breaks when they can be physically active or stretch. Thus, Residents will be offered periodic opportunities to be active or to stretch throughout the day on all or most days during a typical Detention week. James T Strickland Youth Center recommends teachers provide short (3-5-minute) physical activity breaks to Residents during and between classroom time at least three days per week. These physical activity breaks will complement, not substitute, for physical education class, Outside Activity, and class transition periods.
James T Strickland Youth Center will provide resources and links to resources, tools, and technology with ideas for classroom physical activity breaks. Resources and ideas are available through USDA and the Alliance for a Healthier Generation.
Teachers will incorporate movement and kinesthetic learning approaches into “core” subject instruction when possible (e.g., science, math, language arts, social studies and others) and do their part to limit sedentary behavior during the Detention day.
James T Strickland Youth Center will support classroom teachers incorporating physical activity and employing kinesthetic learning approaches into core subjects by providing annual professional development opportunities and resources, including information on leading activities, activity options, as well as making available background material on the connections between learning and movement.
Teachers will serve as role models by being physically active alongside the Residents whenever feasible.
Before and After Detention Activities
James T Strickland Youth Center offers opportunities for Residents to participate in physical activity either before and/or after the Detention day (or both) through a variety of methods. James T Strickland Youth Center will encourage Residents to be physically active before and after Detention by: [Facility should choose appropriate and reasonable options such as physical activity clubs, physical activity in aftercare, intramurals or interscholastic sports, and insert approaches here.]
James T Strickland Youth Center will support active transport to and from Detention, such as walking or biking. James T Strickland Youth Center will encourage this behavior by engaging in six or more of the activities below; including but not limited to: [Facility will select from the list below and insert them here as policy].
* Designate safe or preferred routes to Detention
* Promote activities such as participation in International Walk to Detention Week, National Walk and Bike to Detention Week
* Secure storage facilities for bicycles and helmets (e.g., shed, cage, fenced area)
* Instruction on walking/bicycling safety provided to Residents
* Promote safe routes program to Residents, staff, and parents via newsletters, websites, local newspaper
* Use crossing guards
* Use crosswalks on streets leading to Detentions
* Use walking Detention buses
* Document the number of children walking and or biking to and from Detention
* Create and distribute maps of Detention environment (e.g., sidewalks, crosswalks, roads, pathways, bike racks, etc.)
Other Activities that Promote Residents Wellness
James T Strickland Youth Center will integrate wellness activities across the entire Detention setting.
James T Strickland Youth Center will coordinate and integrate other initiatives related to physical activity, physical education, nutrition and other wellness components so all efforts are complementary, not duplicative, and work towards the same set of goals and objectives promoting Residents well-being, optimal development and strong educational outcomes.
Residents at James T Strickland Youth Center are encouraged to participate in daily physical activities.
James T Strickland coordinate content across curricular areas that promote Residents health, such as teaching nutrition concepts in mathematics, with consultation provided by either the Detention or James T Strickland Youth Center’s curriculum experts.
All Detention-sponsored events will adhere to the wellness policy guidelines. All Detention-sponsored wellness events will include physical activity and healthy eating opportunities when appropriate.
James T Strickland Youth Center establishes relationships with community partners in support of this wellness policy’s implementation. Existing and new community partnerships and sponsorships will be evaluated to ensure that they are consistent with the wellness policy and its goals.
James T Strickland Center currently has partnered with a Community Program for a Fruit Orchard. James T Strickland Youth Center Detainees will be able learn about for Farm to Table Program.
Community Health Promotion and Family Engagement.
James T Strickland Youth Center will promote to parents/caregivers, families, the benefits of and approaches for healthy eating and physical activity throughout the Detention year. Families will be informed and invited to participate in visitation and will receive information about health promotion efforts via James T Strickland Youth Center Website.
As described in the “Community Involvement, Outreach, and Communications” subsection, James T Strickland Youth Center will use electronic mechanisms (e.g., email or displaying notices on James T Strickland Youth Center’s website), as well as non-electronic mechanisms, to ensure that all families are actively notified of opportunities to participate in Detention-sponsored activities and receive information about health promotion efforts. Activities include providing Healthy Holiday Meal for Detention Residents and Families.
Staff Wellness and Health Promotion
James T Strickland Youth Center will implement strategies to support staff in actively promoting and modeling healthy eating and physical activity behaviors.
James T Strickland Youth Center promotes staff member participation in health promotion programs support programs for staff members on healthy eating/weight management that are accessible and free or low-cost.
· James Strickland Youth Center maintains a Staff Wellness Program (Scale Down) annually and each year develops a program for staff.
· Nutrition and Wellness Information is provided throughout the program
· James T Strickland Youth Center encourages a healthy meeting policy for all events with available food options
When feasible and within DYS Standards of Practice, James T Strickland Youth Center will offer annual professional learning opportunities and resources for staff to increase knowledge and skills about promoting healthy behaviors in the classroom and Detention (e.g., increasing the use of kinesthetic teaching approaches or incorporating nutrition lessons into math class). Professional learning will help Facility staff understand the connections between academics and health and the ways in which health and wellness are integrated into ongoing facility reform or academic improvement plans/efforts.
Extended Detention Day – the time during, before and after School that includes activities such as clubs, intramural sports, band and choir practice, drama rehearsals and more.
Detention Campus - areas that are owned or leased by the Detention and used at any time for Detention-related activities, including on the outside of the Detention building, Detention buses or other vehicles used to transport Residents, athletic fields and stadiums (e.g., on scoreboards, coolers, cups, and water bottles), or parking lots.
Detention Day – the time between midnight the night before to 30 minutes after the end of the instructional day.
Triennial – recurring every three years.