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Student Wellness and Smart Snacks

KHSD Wellness Committee
Members of the Student Wellness Committee may include, parents, students, physical education teachers, school health professionals, school administrators, members of the general public and district administrators.
The Kern High School District is interested in your feedback with updating, implementing, and evaluating our Local School Wellness Policy. If you are interested in participating in this process please contact the Business Office at 827-3145 or email Zach McNinch
The District Student Wellness Committee meets throughout the year to review:
  • The current Student Wellness Policy, as well as, the USDA Final Rule on Local School Wellness Policy
  • Review Smart Snack Guidelines and product list offered by vendors, as well as, procurement issues
  • Discuss policy related to competitive food sale submission guidelines
  • Discuss policy implement taste tests for smart snack compliant foods
  • Review Student Wellness Policy Assessment Information
Kern High School District Wellness Policy
Student Wellness Plan Implementation Assessment
The district is required to review the effectiveness of its implementation of the Student Wellness Plan on a triennial basis. The Student Wellness committee reviews a series of indicators and makes recommendations regarding improvements to the Wellness Plan. 
Smart Snacks and Competitive Food Sales

A competitive food is a food or beverage in which the following five criteria are met: (1) sold, (2) to a student, (3) on the school campus, (4) During the school day (midnight before to 30 minutes after the end of the official school day), and (5) outside of the federal reimbursable meal program. All five criteria must be true in order for the competitive food rules to apply.

Any entity, group, or individual that sells a food or beverage to a student on campus, during the school day, and outside of the federal reimbursable meal program must comply with the competitive food rules.

If you have a question on whether or not the food or beverage item you are interested in selling is compliant, please use the California Project Lean Calculator:

If your item is compliant, please submit a request to the Business Department for approval.


California Department of Education Competitive Food and Smart Snack Requirements


Why are Smart Snack Nutrition Standards Important?

Nearly one third of kids in America are at risk for chronic diseases that are preventable, such as diabetes and heart disease, due to being overweight or obese.  If left unaddressed, health experts say that this generation may be the first to live shorter lives than their parents. A healthy, well-balanced diet plays an important role in the prevention of these diseases; therefore, it is critical for all students to have access to healthy school meals full of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and low-fat dairy, based on scientific recommendations for nutrition. With many students consuming at least one snack food during the school day, it is also important that items offered a la carte and in vending machines fit within nutritional guidelines to help reinforce the message of an overall healthy diet.


Current Smart Snack List, Regulations, and Food Sale Policy

District Wide Health and PE Courses of Study