Wellness Policy Information

The Elk Grove Unified School District recognizes the link between student health and learning and desires to provide a comprehensive program promoting healthy eating and physical activity for district students. The Wellness Policy addresses building a coordinated school health system that supports and reinforces health literacy through health education, physical education, health services, nutrition services, psychological and counseling services, health promotion for staff, a safe and healthy school environment, and parent/guardian and community involvement.

EGUSD’s Wellness Policy

EGUSD’s Wellness Plan

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Dear Ask Anne,
I am getting conflicting reports on whether I can count my soy and almond milk as dairy. I was wondering if you could tell me which food group they belong in? (One report said dairy, one said meat, another said dairy if calcium fortified) I am confused!
Thank you,
Jennifer

Dear Jennifer,
According to the USDA’s MyPlate, soy milk and other calcium fortified milk alternatives fit in the dairy group. Since both soy milk and cow’s milk contain protein, it is often assumed that they fit in the protein group, but because of the important role that calcium plays in our health, high calcium food sources are given their own food group, the dairy group.

Rice, soy, almond and other nondairy milk are more common than ever, giving vegans, the lactose intolerant, and those allergic to milk an alternate pour for their cereal. If you’re swapping one in for regular milk, make sure it’s fortified with calcium and vitamin D (unless it’s soy milk, which has the same amount of both nutrients as cow’s milk). Shoot for milks that say “unsweetened” — even plain varieties may contain extra sugar. Regardless of which milk you choose, all of us should be getting 3 cups of nonfat or low fat (1%) dairy products each day.
Thanks for asking,
Anne

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