Johnny Key

Commissioner of Education

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A Division of the Arkansas Department of Education


Overview of Wellness, Smart Snacks, and Arkansas Nutrition Standards
Wellness Updates SY 2019-20 PowerPoint Presentation (PPTX)
Smart Snacks in Arkansas Schools SY 2019-20 PowerPoint Presentation (PPTX)
Wellness Policy
For a list and description of requirements, see Commissioner’s Memo CNU-17-016
USDA Local Wellness Policy Summary of the Final Rule (PDF)
USDA Wellness Policy Tools
USDA Nutrition Standards for School Meals
USDA Smart Snacks Standards
Arkansas Rules Governing Nutrition, Physical Activity and BMI (PDF)
Triennial Assessment
For instructions on completing the assessment, see Commissioner’s Memo CNU-17-038
Triennial Assessment Cheat Sheet (PDF)
Wellness Committee Requirements Checklist – Implementation and Compliance (DOC)
Food and Beverage Marketing
To see tips for addressing policies, see Commissioner’s Memo CNU-17-027
Wellness Committee Responsibilities
For guidance on how to successfully implement Federal and State wellness requirements in Arkansas schools, see the Wellness is Worth It! Workbook.

Wellness Committees have the following responsibilities:

1. Regular Meetings

2. Committee Membership

3. Menu Reviews

4. School Health Index

5. School Improvement

6. Wellness Policy

7. State Nutrition Standards

8. State Physical Activity Standards

9. Record Keeping

10. Public Updates

To learn more about each responsibility, see Commissioner’s Memo CNU-17-013 Wellness Committee Responsibilities: A Joint Memo from ADE Child Nutrition and School Health Services and LS-18-080 Wellness Committee Responsibilities: School Health Index Assessment

Be sure to document when each annual responsibility is completed using the Wellness Committee Requirements Checklist (which is now part of the Triennial Assessment) (DOC)
Smart Snacks Cheat Sheet (PPTX)
Tools for Arkansas Schools – Smart Snacks, Wellness, and Best Practices for Child Nutrition

United States Department of Agriculture

Smart Snacks Q and A (PDF)
Smart Snacks Summary Sheet (PDF)
Wellness Policy Outreach Toolkit

Center for Disease Control and Prevention Resources

Tools for Promoting a Healthy School Nutrition Environment

Alliance for a Healthier Generation

Tools or Snacks and Beverages 
Tools for Wellness Policies 
Tools for Breakfast and Lunch 
Smart Snack Calculator

ADE Division of Elementary and Secondary Education School Health Services - Website and Resources

State Standards

Learn more about the standards that define the knowledge and skills Arkansas students should have in order to be ready for college and careers.

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Licensure & Certification

Find critical information about renewing Arkansas educator licenses, adding areas of licensure, licensing by reciprocity from other states, background checks and more.

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