Wellness Program


P.S. 116 is committed to providing a school environment that promotes and protects children’s health, well-being, and ability to learn by supporting healthy eating and physical activity.

Therefore, P.S. 116 will:

  • Ensure that food and beverages sold or served at school meet the nutrition recommendations of the U.S. Dietary Guidelines for Americans.
  • Ensure that school meals provide students with access to a variety of nutritious, and appealing foods that meet their health and nutritional needs.
  • Establish linkages between health education and school meal programs, and related community service agencies.

Specific Policies

I. Nutrition

P.S.116 recognizes that a healthy, well balanced diet is linked to students’ success and longterm well-being. Eating healthy foods fuels students’ bodies and minds so they can remain focused in the classroom and helps them establish healthy eating habits. P.S. 116 is committed to fostering a healthy school environment by:

  1. Ensuring that all school meals meet basic nutritional requirements established by the USDA Smart Snacks nutrition standards.
  2. Offering students a variety of vegetables and fruits.
  3. Serving school meals that are attractive and appealing to students.
  4. Providing a clean space where students can enjoy meals.
  5. Continuing to serve regular or low-fat milk only (chocolate milk is not served at this school).
  6. Providing all students with a nutritional breakfast, either at home or at school.
  7. Providing nutrition education and physical education to foster life-long habits of healthy eating.
  8. Not serving chocolate milk to students because of the added sugar content. Instead, we offer students plain (unflavored) 1% milk and skim milk. 

II. Classroom Physical Activity

P.S. 116 believes that physical activity promotes academic achievement, improves attention span, classroom behavior, and attendance. In addition, physical activity helps students remain alert and fuels them to stay active and learn. P.S. 116 is committed to ensuring that all students have the ability to take part in physical activity outside of Physical Education class by:

  1. Training all teachers in Move-to-Improve, a classroom-based program that helps teachers enhance their lessons with activities that get students moving.
  2. Ensuring that Move-to-Improve is implemented in all classes for 8 minutes a day.

III. Active Recess

Daily physical activity promotes academic achievement. It also provides attention span, classroom behavior and attendance. We incorporate physical activity into the school day. Our school will maintain outdoor play periods on the vast majority of winter days. Our school offers at least 20 minutes of active recess for all students, and supervising adults encourage students to be active. Recess should not be used for meal time, as school schedules lunch periods so that students have at least 20 minutes to eat their lunch. Recess is scheduled before lunch, when applicable, but is always offered to every student. Recess is never withheld as a form of punishment. 

IV. Physical and Health Education

Physical Education (PE) is an important academic subject that teaches students to be physically active and create habits that can last a lifetime. P.S. 116 will ensure that all students receive PE as part of their education and will do so by:

  1. Ensuring that all students receive 120 minutes a week for PE.
  2. Providing daily instruction of PE from a certified physical education teacher.
  3. Incorporating side by side health and physical activity lessons to further engage students to live a healthy physical, social, and mental lifestyle.
  4. Ensuring that PE is not taken away as a form of punishment.

Monitoring & Policy Review

Policy Review

P.S. 116’s Wellness Council will review this policy and its success annually. During the review period, the Wellness Council may suggest revisions to the policy based on the school’s needs.

School Wellness Council

The P.S. 116 Wellness Council – consisting of school administrators, teachers, and representatives of the Healthy Schools Healthy Children Program will monitor school nutrition policies and practices. The Council's role is advisory; final responsibility for implementation rests with the principal. P.S.116’s School Wellness Council will meet at least once a month throughout the school year.

Communication of Policy

To implement our policy and make it sustainable, we communicate the policy to the whole school and community by including it in the handbook, in addition to making school announcements about the policy and conducting educational workshops with students revolving around nutrition and physical activity.

Inquiries and Questions

If you have any suggestions for this policy, have any questions about this snack policy, or are interested in being a member of P.S. 116’s Wellness Council, please reach out to Ms. Nunez and Mr. Hanning.