Children’s Receiving Home of Sacramento (CRH) is committed to the optimal development of every youth in our care. CRH believes that for youth to have the opportunity to achieve personal, academic, developmental, and social success, we need to create positive, safe, and health-promoting learning environments at every level, in every setting, throughout the year.

Research shows that two components, good nutrition and physical activity before, during, and after the school day are strongly correlated with positive student outcomes. For example, student participation in the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) CRH Breakfast Program is associated with higher grades and standardized test scores, lower absenteeism, and better performance on cognitive tasks.1,2,3,4,5,6,7 Conversely, less-than-adequate consumption of specific foods including fruits, vegetables, and dairy products, is associated with lower grades among youth.8,9,10 In addition, youth who are physically active through active transport to and from CRH, recess, physical activity breaks, high-quality physical education, and extracurricular activities – do better academically.11,12,13,14

This policy outlines CRH’s approach to ensuring environments and opportunities for all youth to practice healthy eating and physical activity behaviors throughout the day while minimizing commercial distractions. Specifically, this policy establishes goals and procedures to ensure that:

  • Youth in CRH have access to healthy foods throughout the day—both through reimbursable CRH meals and other foods available throughout CRH campus—in accordance with Federal and State nutrition standards;
  • Youth receive nutrition education that helps them develop lifelong healthy eating behaviors;
  • Youth have opportunities to be physically active during their placement at CRH;
  • CRH engages in nutrition and physical activity promotion and other activities that promote student wellness;
  • CRH staff are encouraged and supported to practice healthy nutrition and physical activity behaviors while at CRH;
  • The community is engaged in supporting the work of CRH in creating continuity between CRH and other settings for youth and staff to practice lifelong healthy habits; and
  • CRH establishes and maintains an infrastructure for management, oversight, implementation, communication about, and monitoring of the policy and its established goals and objectives.
  • CRH will coordinate the wellness policy with other aspects of CRH management, including CRH Improvement Plan, when appropriate.

This policy applies to all youth and staff at CRH.