Wellness Program Initiative at DJJ

The Department of Juvenile Justice (DJJ) educates youth on life-long practices to ensure an overall healthy lifestyle.  DJJ encourages youth to be physically active, drink plenty of water, make nutritious meal choices and have a healthy mind.  In partnership with the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and Georgia Department of Education (GaDOE), DJJ further emphasizes the importance of overall wellness through its statewide Wellness Program Initiative.  The Wellness Program Initiative includes an Wellness Team and Wellness Ambassador at each facility that helps plan and implement two events for youth per school year. The events vary annually and have included health fairs, National School Lunch Week activities and fall festivals.  Facilities are also encouraged to go above and beyond by providing additional wellness events throughout the school year, putting theme in the running for the RYDC and YDC Wellness Committee of the Year award!

Check out some of the exciting wellness events taking place around the state:

Wellness Events

SY 18-19

Wellness Policy

Wellness Policy 9.4 2018

Wellness Policy 9.4 A Wellness Program Evaluation

Wellness Policy 9.4 B Afterschool Snack In-Service


Summer Food Rocks! 

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Summer Food Service Program, also known as the Summer Meals Program, provides kids and teens in low-income areas free meals when school is out. To find USDA-approved meal sites in your neighborhood, where children and teens age 18 and younger receive free meals in a safe and supervised environment, visit: https://www.summerfoodrocks.org/#


If you would like to provide wellness suggestions, partake in our wellness events, or have any questions and/or concerns regarding our wellness program, please contact Jessika Anderson, Nutrition Program Manager at Jessika.anderson@djj.state.ga.us.


If you would like see past Wellness Events at DJJ, click here.