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New Wellness Program for Ypsilanti Schools

Ypsilanti, MI – The Ypsilanti School District is in the process of approving a new wellness policy that, among other things, will mean big changes in what kids eat at school.
School nurse C-J Falsetta has been heading up the effort to draft a wellness policy, which is mandated for districts receiving federal dollars for school lunches.
Falsetta says there'll be major changes in the district's nutrition program. In addition, candy and other not-so-healthy choices will be removed from high school vending machines pending a review with the district's superintendent.
The district will also encourage more physical activity, and withholding recess will no longer be a discipline option on the playground.
The school board is expected to approve the new wellness policy at its next meeting.