Woodbourne Launches New Wellness Policy

Together with Maryland State Department of Education, Baltimore nonprofit Woodbourne Center institutes a Wellness Program effective June 30, 2017. The policy is designed to encourage the health and development of students on campus and is now available on Woodbourne’s website.

“It is our goal to develop, implement and evaluate a wellness policy that promotes student’s health, well-being, and ability to learn,” says Rudeine Demissie, Dietitian at Woodbourne Center.

Woodbourne Center provides psychiatric residential treatment for boys, ages 12-18, who have exhibited unhealthy and behavioral issues. Woodbourne also operates a specialized school, as well as a treatment foster care program for boys and girls under age 21.

The wellness policy will ensure that Woodbourne is compliant with the Final Rule on Nutrition Standards for all Foods Sold in School, a set of requirements developed by U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). Congress created the Final Rule with the goal of establishing broader guidelines for all foods and beverages available during the school day.

A triennial report will be available three years after the policy’s launch.

Please contact Rudeine Demissie for any information at 410.433.1000 ext. 2280 or rdemissie@woodbourne.org. Those interested in participating in the development, implementation, review, update, and assessment of the Wellness Policy, should contact Rudeine Demissie or Medical Director Deepa Khushlani at 410.433.1000 ext. 2213 or dkhushlani@woodbourne.org.


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