Capital City Youth Services Wellness Policy Guidelines

Capital City Youth Services (CCYS) is committed to providing an environment that enhances learning and development of lifelong wellness practices. The Health, Safety, Facilities, and Risk Management sub-committee of CCYS' Performance and Quality Improvement (PQI) Program will constitute the Wellness Committee. This committee typically involves a client representative, the Shelter Manager (or designee), the Program Services Director, the Chief Operating Officer and the Human Resource Manager from CCYS. The chairperson of the PQI sub-committee, in cooperation with the Program Services Director, is charged with the operational responsibility for ensuring that the program is adhering to the wellness policy guidelines.

In order to measure and evaluate the implementation of the wellness program /policy, information on the number and types of wellness activities that are conducted will be discussed through the Wellness Committee. CCYS will develop and maintain an internal method for surveying youth for subjective data regarding wellness activities. These reports, in addition to meal counts, production records and other documentation required by DOE Food and Nutrition will be reviewed regularly. The will meet as determined necessary, but no less than annually to review the policy and make necessary recommendations for changes to the Board.

The main purpose of the committee is to ensure that interdisciplinary nutrition education is provided and promoted. To that end, the following general guidelines are offered:

  • Nutrition education is integrated into the curriculum.
  • Nutrition Education consists of sharing infonnation with the youth and families to positively promote good health for the community. Infornlation sharing may include discussions, posters, pamphlets, guest speakers, etc.
  • The youth participate (when appropriate within program operations) in cooking with staff supervision to learn and practice in the areas of food nutrition and meal preparation.
  • Educational material is posted on the walls of the dining facility to encourage and educate tbe youth of healthy food choices.
  • All youth are encouraged to start each day with a healthy nutritious breakfast.
  • Nutrition education will incorporate learning about nutrient value, dieting, healthy eating and safety.
  • Physical activity is a part of the program curriculum.
  • Physical activity time is the setting where the youth learn, practice, and develop knowledge of appropliate motor and social skills.
  • Physical activity time will consist of no less than one hour of activities on a daily basis.
  • Physical education will include the instruction of individual, team, competitive and non-competitive activities.
  • The facility will ensure that adequate equipment is available for all youth.
  • All foods served to shelter residents adhere to food safety and security guidelines.
  • All foods made available on site comply with the state and local food safety and sanitation regulations. Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points (HACCP) plans and guidelines are implemented to prevent food borne illness.
  • For the safety and security of the food and faci lity, access to the food storage area, equipment and food preparation area limited authorized CCYS staff and Volunteers. Youth are never to enter these areas without staff supervision.
  • Adequate resources are available to access enough food to maintain a healthy and active lifestyle.
  • Staff who prepare or serve food as part of their job description will have adequate pre-service training in food services operations.
  • The youth participate in creating menu lists for periodic events (food /meals related to cultural studies)
  • Health and nutrition groups/ learning exercises are provided to teach and motivate youth about eating healthy and general fitness.
  • Youth watch a hand washing video and participate in a hand washing activity to promote food safety.
  • Special dietary needs of residents are addressed upon intake and will be determined by staff, with the advice of a nutritionist, if needed.
CCYS follows the USDA National School Lunch Program nutrition requirements. The Client Care Manger will consult with Food and Nutrition Management / local dietician regarding menu items and food nutrient content. CCYS will take every measure to ensure that foods and beverages served to youth meet federal, state and local law guidelines. CCYS will ensure that age appropriate healthy food items and reasonable portion sizes are offered. Reimbursable meals will not be less restrictive than regulations and guidance issued by USDA.

Snacks served during the after-school tutoring program will make a positive contribution to children's diets and health. There is an emphasis on serving healthy snacks with water, milk, or 100% juice as a beverage choice. Snacks served during this program are in accordance with eligibility guidelines for reimbursements through the National School Lunch Program.

The residents are provided access to a hand washing area before they eat meals or snacks. The dining area is maintained such that it is attractive and has enough space for seating all residents. A variety of fruits is available with each meal and snack. Nutritional information is posted in the dining area to share information about the nutritional content and value of meals. The youth are provided adequate time to eat each meal. There is a minimum of 30 minutes allowed from the time the youth are seated.