The New York City Department of Education Wellness Policies on Physical Activity and Nutrition 




The New York City Department of Education is committed to providing school environments that promote and protect children's health, well-being, and ability to learn by supporting healthy eating and physical activity. Therefore, DOE will: 


• Support all schools in providing opportunities for physical activity and encouraging all students to be physically active on a regular basis.

• 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 affordable, nutritious, and appealing foods that meet their health and nutritional needs.

• Participate in available federal school meal programs (including the School Breakfast Program, National School Lunch Program [including after-school snacks], Summer Food Service Program, Fruit and Vegetable Snack Program, and Child and Adult Care Food Program [including suppers]).

• Provide nutrition education and physical education to foster life-long habits of healthy eating and physical activity. Establish linkages between health education and school meal programs, and related community service agencies.

West Side High School does not sell food or sugary beverages of any kind, and we never sell food for fundraising purposes. 


Food as Reward - Teachers should not use foods or beverages, especially those that do not meet School Food nutrition standards (described above), as rewards for academic performance or good behavior.


Physical Activity and Punishment - Teachers and other school and community personnel should not use physical activity (e.g., running laps, pushups) or withholding opportunities for physical activity (e.g., recess, physical education) as punishment.

Schedule - Students have at least 10 minutes to eat breakfast (8-9 AM) and at least 20 minutes to eat lunch 12:36 - 1:09 PM), counting from the time they are seated. 

For more information and the complete updated New York City Department of Education Wellness Policies on Physical Activity and Nutrition, please CLICK HERE