Wellness Policy

Ocean’s Harbor House is committed to providing a healthy environment for all residents designed to lead to a healthy lifestyle and lifelong maintenance of healthy habits.  As such, the organization has developed a wellness policy which incorporates nutrition education and standards, physical activity, and other learning activities.

Nutrition Education Goals

The shelter will educate, encourage, and support healthy eating by all residents.

Nutrition Standards

The shelter will comply with the current USDA Dietary Guidelines for Americans.

The shelter will ensure that breakfast, lunch, and after-school snack meet the requirements of the Board of Nutrition.  The dinner menu will be periodically reviewed by a licensed dietician to ensure it meets nutritional standards.

Nutrition Education Guidelines

The shelter will provide fruits, vegetables, whole grains, low fat and fat-free dairy, healthy food preparation, and health-enhancing nutrition practices whenever possible.  Lactose-reduced milk will be made available for residents with special dietary restrictions.

Nutrition education will be incorporated into weekly Healthy Living Groups and well as meal preparation with the residents.

Nutrition education will involve sharing information with families whenever possible to positively impact students and the health of the community.

The shelter will provide enjoyable participatory activities in order to encourage youth to involve themselves in healthy meal preparation and consider nutrition when making healthier choices.

The shelter will incorporate nutrition education at the appropriate level in order to provide residents with the knowledge and skills necessary to promote and protect their health.

The shelter will accommodate the special nutrition needs of students and will accommodate cultural, ethnic, and religious diversity in consideration of meal-planning.

The staff at the shelter will be trained and knowledgeable about Board of Child Nutrition/USDA nutrition requirements.

Physical Education Goals

Ocean’s Harbor House will provide opportunities for students to maintain physical fitness.

Physical Activity Guidelines

Residents will participate in regularly-scheduled physical education classes at their schools during the day.

Residents will be encouraged to participate in extracurricular activities through their school that incorporate physical activity whenever possible.

Residents will be encouraged to participate in outside physical activities when whether permits during free time (e.g. basketball, walks, trips to the YMCA).

Physical activity including yoga and trips to the YMCA will be incorporated into weekly Healthy Living Groups.

Other Considerations

Residents will be encouraged to participate in menu-planning with staff geared toward recognizing what constitutes a healthy meal.

All meals will be prepared in a health-inspected facility in accordance with safety regulations.

Residents will be provided access to hand-washing before eating any meals or snacks.

Residents will be given sufficient time to eat in the kitchen or dining room and all meals will be scheduled at appropriate times during the day.

Food will never be withheld and the choices will never be altered as a punishment or consequence for inappropriate behavior.

 

You may view our Wellness Policy Assessment Tool by clicking here. If you have any questions or comments about our Wellness Policy, please email us at shelter@oceansharborhouse.org.

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