State law addresses healthy eating/nutrition.
Alaska Health Education Standard
A. A student should be able to acquire a core knowledge related to well-being. A student who meets the content standard should:
- Understand how the human body is affected by behaviors related to eating habits...
State of Alaska Gold Standard School Wellness Policy
Schools will provide age-appropriate nutrition education as part of the health and physical education curricula that respects the cultural practices of students, is integrated into core subjects, and provides opportunities for students to practice skills and apply knowledge both inside and outside the school setting. The District will seek to provide evidence-based nutrition education curricula that foster lifelong healthy eating behaviors integrated into comprehensive school health education. To the extent practicable:
- (a) Students in grades pre-K-12 shall receive nutrition education that teaches the skills needed to adopt lifelong healthy eating behaviors and incorporates resources and materials from the USDA, Food and Nutrition Services, Team Nutrition.
- (b) Classroom nutrition education shall be reinforced in the school dining room or cafeteria setting as well as in the classroom, with coordination among the nutrition service staff, administrators and teachers.
- (c) Students shall receive consistent nutrition messages from schools and the district. This includes in classrooms, cafeterias, outreach programs and other school-based activities.
- (d) Nutrition education shall be taught by a certified/licensed health education teacher.
- (e) Schools will strive to establish or support an instructional garden within nutrition education and the core curriculum that provides students with experiences in planting, harvesting, preparing, serving and tasting;
- (f) Schools will make available to students information on the caloric, sodium and other nutritional content (such as fat, nutrients, and sugars) of foods and beverages available for purchase at school.