More Than a Meal: Fueling the Commonwealth Tour

SWITCH is excited to announce its newest initiative, More Than a Meal: Fueling the Commonwealth Tour. In School Year 23-24, SWITCH Partners will be co-hosting school meal stakeholder visits. The purpose of these visits is to show the impact of the investment of universal free school meals to state legislators and education stakeholders. For more information, download the brochure.

马萨诸塞州学校健康 辅导计划

As a result of the findings from the Massachusetts School Wellness Needs Assessment (MSWNA), the Office for Food and Nutrition at the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) and The John C. Stalker Institute of Food & Nutrition (JSI) at Framingham State University collaborated to develop the Massachusetts School Wellness Coaching Program (MSWCP). Partnering theory with evidence-based strategies for school wellness success, this model helps schools get those wellness policies off the shelf and into action! 

The Massachusetts School Wellness Coaching Program (MSWCP) provides technical assistance on assessment, action planning, implementation, monitoring, and evaluation with an emphasis on enhancing compliance with the USDA Final Rule for Local School Wellness Policy Implementation under the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010. 

There are two tiers in the program. Districts may request participation in either tier. 

Tier 1: Perfecting Policy
Cost: $1300

Goal: To assist the school wellness committee in assessing and revising their local wellness policy so that it is compliant with state and federal requirements.

Requirements: Districts must have an existing policy in place and must have an active school wellness committee to participate in Tier 1. 

This tier includes:

  • Two* virtual 1.5-hour coach-facilitated meetings
    1. Complete WellSAT 3.0 assessment of LSWP
    2. Local wellness policy revisions based on WellSAT 3.0 results
  • 3 hours of technical assistance
  • Compliance review of the revised policy by the School Wellness Coach and DESE School Wellness Specialist prior to school wellness committee’s submission to school board or equivalent for adoption

Tier 2: Implementing Initiatives
Cost: $1800

Goal: To assist the school wellness committee in assessing the implementation of the local school wellness policy, and prioritize and develop wellness action plans.

Requirements: Districts must have an up-to-date written local wellness policy that is compliant with state and federal regulations to participate in Tier 2. 

This tier includes:

  • Four* virtual 1-hour coach-facilitated meetings
    1. Complete the Massachusetts Local Wellness Policy Implementation Evaluation Form
    2. Identify wellness priorities
    3. Wellness action planning
    4. Monitoring and evaluation of action plans; sharing and celebrating success
  • 1 hour of technical assistance

**Massachusetts regulation 105 CMR 215:000: Standards for School Wellness Advisory Committees requires school wellness committees to meet at least four times per year. A school/district participating in Tier 1 will need to meet 2 additional times outside of the MSWCP to be compliant. Districts participating in Tier 2 will meet this requirement through the four MSWCP meetings.


The Massachusetts School Wellness Coaching Program is currently accepting requests from schools/districts for school year 2024-2025! To request a spot in the program, complete the Request Form. Please allow up to 3 weeks for a response.


For questions related to the coaching program, please contact MassSchoolWellness@framingham.edu.


For questions regarding local school wellness policy regulations and compliance, please contact Nutrition@doe.mass.edu.

Frequently Asked Questions

The Massachusetts School Wellness Coaching Program helps districts to achieve compliance with state and federal regulations related to local school wellness policies. The assessments completed in the program help districts to meet the triennial assessment requirement under the USDA最终规则. 

The program is also designed to help schools/districts develop a sustainable structure for school wellness committee meetings to move wellness initiatives forward and stay on track with assessment requirements. 

The Massachusetts School Wellness Coaching Program is administered by The John C. Stalker Institute of Food and Nutrition (JSI) at Framingham State University. The JSI coaches are experts in school nutrition and wellness and are skilled in communication and facilitation. Coaches work collaboratively with the Office for Food and Nutrition Programs at the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) to ensure that the wellness assessments, action planning, implementation, monitoring, and evaluation that districts engage in throughout the program are compliant with all state and federal regulations and requirements. This also includes a collaborative effort between JSI coaches and DESE to review all local wellness policies developed in Tier 1 of the program to ensure compliance with the requirements of the USDA最终规则.

Yes, generally, nonprofit school food service account funds may be used to implement local school wellness policies, if the local school wellness policy is supporting the operation or improvement of the school meal program. In order to use this funding for local school wellness policy-related activities, the School Food Authority’s food service program must be providing meals in compliance with National School Lunch Program and School Breakfast Program meal patterns and in compliance with resource management. The MSWCP provides technical assistance on assessment, action planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of school wellness policies, which are essential activities. 



弗雷明汉州立大学 (FSU) 为教育工作者和学校专业人士提供各种为期四周的在线研究生课程,每年举办四次:秋季、春季和夏季两次。所有课程计为一个研究生学分,并为教师提供 22.5 个 PDP 或为学校营养专业人员、RDN 和 RN 提供 15 小时的继续教育。 

FSU 提供了一些专注于促进和促进学校健康的课程(如下)。可用课程因学期而异。请检查 教育工作者专业发展课程和注册页面 查看当前提供的课程、费用和注册。




This course is for educators and specialists. Through Special Topics, participants examine mindfulness, its history, its implications for learning, how schools use it to increase students’ attention and concentration, and the vital connection between social-emotional learning and mindfulness. Participants complete all course content before the online discussions and complete one weekly assignment and a final project. 

探索运动如何提高学生的学习成绩、课堂行为、注意力持续时间和社会情感发展。通过循证研究,学生探索课堂体育活动的类型以及体育教育对 K -12 年级学生的重要性。本课程包括增加学校运动的策略,为课堂和更广泛的学校社区提供精心设计、有效和可持续的运动机会。

对利用全校、全社区、全儿童模式解决学校健康问题的循证学校健康策略进行检查。课程面向教师、护士、行政人员、健康协调员和学校营养专业人员。学生审查联邦和州立学校健康政策要求,建立学校健康团队,启动疾病控制和预防中心 (CDC) 学校健康指数,探索成功的支持机制,并确定行动步骤和在学校实施的计划。


Designed to support the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) Social Emotional Learning in Massachusetts, this course emphasizes Holistic Support and Enrichment: Strengthening Social Emotional Competencies, Health & Safety goals, and the five core strategies. Participants will learn the principles of Social-Emotional Learning (SEL), its foundation, framework, and resources available to assist in the planning and implementing SEL practices in the elementary education classroom. Participants will learn to implement SEL across the curriculum, emphasizing equity and cultural responsiveness.

Within this course, you will learn the theory and principles of Social-Emotional Learning (SEL) to create a Middle School teaching and learning environment that is welcoming and nurturing. You will examine your misconceptions about SEL and analyze the principles that apply to middle school students. You will also learn how to apply the principles of SEL in the classroom, giving students a sense of understanding and belonging while nurturing each learner’s individuality. Students will feel challenged and empowered socially, emotionally, and intellectually. 


为教师、学校营养主任、学校护士和其他学校专业人员概述糖尿病及其对学校的影响。本课程涉及的主题包括:对 1 型和 2 型糖尿病的基本了解;糖尿病饮食管理和基本碳水化合物计数;以及为糖尿病学生创造安全环境的策略。参与者将探索可用资源来促进营养、体育活动和学生安全。

如何预防学校饮食失调的概述。主题包括:关于四 (4) 种可诊断饮食失调的背景和统计数据;饮食紊乱的迹象和症状;学校在预防饮食失调方面可以发挥的作用。展示了支持健康身体形象和媒体素养的资源和课程,以及学校工作人员可以在学校纳入饮食失调意识和预防的其他创造性方式。该课程面向教师、学校护士、学校心理学家和其他学校专业人员。




John C. Stalker 食品与营养研究所、马萨诸塞州中小学教育部、食品与营养计划办公室以及弗雷明汉州立大学食品与营养部合作开展了马萨诸塞州学校健康需求评估 (MSWNA)。