• Student Wellness Policy

    West Des Moines Community Schools (WDMCS), in partnership with the community, is concerned about nutrition and education awareness, responsible eating habits, physical activity, and childhood obesity. The entire school environment, not just the classroom, will positively influence a student’s understanding, beliefs, and habits as they relate to good nutrition and regular physical activity. In trying to address the issues that underlie the soaring rates of childhood obesity, the following recommendations, guidelines, and goals are intended to provide:

    • healthy food and beverage options to our students through WDMCS' nutrition services program,
    • nutrition education that enables students to make healthy decisions about their eating habits,
    • physical activity that embraces a healthy lifestyle, and   
    • access to healthy nutritional food and beverage options throughout the school day. 

    Read the full student wellness policy

Student Wellness Resources

  • Student Wellness Policy Committee

    WDMCS will permit parents, students, representatives of the school nutrition services program, teachers of physical education, school health professionals, the school board, school administrators, and the general public to participate in the development, implementation, and periodic review and update of this policy. WDMCS will inform and update the public (including parents, students, and others in the community) about the content and implementation of this policy. WDMCS will periodically measure and make available to the public an assessment on the implementation of this policy, (i) the extent to which schools in WDMCS are in compliance with the policy; (ii) the extent to which the policy compares to model local school wellness policies; and (iii) a description of the progress made in attaining the goals of the policy. 


    Committee Members

    • Preeti Acharya, parent
    • Melinda Dunnwald, community member
    • Willow Kriegel, Nutrition Services director, school wellness leader
    • Leigh Goldie, elementary curriculum director
    • Tess Grandgenett, school counselor
    • Joshua Griffith, Valley High School associate principal
    • Cindy Hoeksema, school nurse
    • Erica Jaramillo, elementary teacher
    • David Perrigo, Stilwell Junior High assistant principal
    • Bambi Press, parent
    • Brian Rhoads, K-12 Physical Education and Health curriculum lead, school wellness leader
    • Shane Scott, secondary curriculum director
Last Modified on August 10, 2023