September Healthy Schools - Healthy Students

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DOE - Healthy Schools
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Super Power Summit - Wednesday, September 28th!

Super Power Summit

The Super Power Summit is an event that empowers teams of middle school students to live an active lifestyle and to choose healthy food options, all while being advocates for school wellness. Middle schools are invited to send a team for an interactive day full of fun activities, empowering presentations, and networking. 

There is no cost to attend the summit. Mileage, parking, and sub-pay reimbursement will be available. Meals will be provided at no charge. Teams that attend will have the opportunity to apply for a $500 sub-grant to support school wellness initiatives.

The summit will be held in partnership with Iowa Partners: Action for Healthy Kids, Iowa Department of Education, Hy-Vee Kids Fit, School Nutrition Association of Iowa, and the American Cancer Society. 

To view the agenda visit the registration page. Deadline to register is September 21st!

For any questions, please contact Carrie at or 515-281-4758.

Team Up for School Nutrition Success!

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A workshop will be held on September 27-28 to provide a unique learning experience for School Nutrition Directors. Workshop goals are to support school nutrition programs by providing tailored technical assistance for a healthy environment and increased student meal participation. This workshop will pair participants with mentors so that effective peer-to-peer mentoring is provided in a variety of areas.

This workshop will be facilitated by the Institute of Child Nutrition (ICN) and peer mentors (School Nutrition Directors) who are trained by the ICN. There is no cost to attend and mileage, sub-pay, and lodging reimbursement will be available. 

For more information visit the registration page or contact Jan Steffen at

School Wellness $1,000 Sub-Grants for Iowa Schools

Action for Healthy Kids is accepting School Grants for Healthy Kids applications, through funding provided by Cargill to support initiatives such as: recess, play space/gymnasium refurbishing, physical education equipment, classroom physical activity breaks, nutrition education, school gardens, healthy celebrations, and more!  The goal is to award 22, $1,000 grants to Iowa schools!

Grant applications need to be submitted online. Don't know where to start? Overwhelmed by the application? We are here to help! Contact either Ryan Monroe at (National contact) or Carrie Scheidel at

Deadline: September 16, 2016.

Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship Mini-Grants

The $30 mini-grant funds are to support the purchase of locally grown produce from a local farmer's market. In addition, grant recipients will receive classroom supplies to integrate the sampling into the classroom environment. All requests to participate must be received by September 9. 

This opportunity is open to all grade levels, no more than two applicants per school will be approved. If you are interested, please contact Tammy Stotts at

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Annual Healthiest State Walk

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Live Healthy Iowa Kids is excited to once again be joining forces with the Healthiest State Initiative, to continue their message of healthy and active kids in Iowa. They are partnering to promote physical activity on Oct. 5 by encouraging Iowa schools and youth organizations to 'Step It Up', as part of the annual Healthiest State Walk. Register your walk today!

Fuel Up to Play60 Program Advisor Training Camp


Join fellow educators, administrators and other community members who share your passion for health and wellness at the interactive 2016 Fuel Up to Play 60 Program Advisor Training Camp to be held on Friday, October 7 from 9:00 am - 3:00 pm at the Botanical Center in Des Moines.

Learn how to develop student leaders and build a healthier school through Fuel Up to Play 60, network and exchange ideas, and dig into available Fuel Up to Play 60 funding, rewards and incentives, and more!

This event is free to attend.  Attendees will be reimbursed for travel and your school district will be reimbursed for substitute pay.  For more information, contact Jen Ransom at

Upcoming Action for Healthy Kids Webinars

Walking and Running Initiatives in School
Wednesday, September 14, 3 - 3:30

Game On: Six Steps to Building a Healthy School
Tuesday, September 27, 3 - 4

Smart Ideas to Implement Smart Snacks in Schools
Wednesday, September 28, 1 - 2


This newsletter and past editions can be found on the DE webpage!