December Healthy Schools - Healthy Students

Team Nutrition Iowa

December 2016

DOE - Healthy Schools

This monthly newsletter is published in partnership with Iowa Team Nutrition and Iowa Partners: Action for Healthy Kids and provides information on nutrition and physical activity programs, upcoming school wellness trainings and funding opportunities, and success stories from Iowa schools working to support healthy habits in their students and staff.

Carrie Scheidel (
Iowa Department of Education - Bureau of Nutrition and Health

Carrie Scheidel

It's the Time of Year to Volunteer!


Service learning provides children with the opportunity to feel more connected to their school and community and enhance their concern for others.

Family Friendly Volunteering Ideas

• Help elderly neighbors with raking leaves, shoveling, taking care of their pets, or providing them meals.
• Help serve food at a local shelter.
• Take time to play games or read books with the elderly.
• Go with your children around your neighborhood and pick up litter to help keep your community clean.
• Make cards or care packages to send overseas to U.S Soldiers. If you don’t know someone personally, check with friends or coworkers for addresses of soldiers.
• Ask your school or local churches if there is anything that parents or children can do to help out.

This month my daughter and I are volunteering at a Women's and Children's shelter and are planning to do a craft with the children and bring a snack to share.

It is so important for children to learn kindness by "feeling" what its like to make someone else smile. Especially this time of year when children can get caught up in the holiday frenzy of getting gifts and not giving kindness.

For more on this topic, check out ISU Extension's Dare to Excel Service Learning Resource.

Davis County Schools Video - Grab a Tissue!

Mobile Food Bus

Davis County Schools participate in the USDA Summer Food Service Program and have partnered with First Book the past few summers. First Book provides free books to summer sponsors across the nation to help enhance the services offered at the summer meal sites. 

First Book was so impressed with Davis County's Mobile Feeding Bus they wanted to showcase their meal program and use of the First Book resources. 

This video is so inspirational. A rock star lunch lady is truly making a difference!

Stephanie Hawkins now works for Fairfield CSD and can be reached at

Dan Roberts is the Director of Support Services at Davis County Schools can be reached at

Information about the Summer Food Service Program

Iowa Agriculture Literacy Foundation


IALF offers great resources for Iowa Schools!

Iowa Ag Today Student Magazine - The latest edition focuses on STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) in agriculture. Use the online digital version or request copies for your classroom by sending an e-mail to

Journey 2050 - Virtual simulation that explores world food sustainability, using an inquiry based approach. The program encourages students to make decisions and adjust them as they see their impact on society, the environment and the economy at a local and global scale. You can request a guest speaker if you are interested in using Journey 2050. Contact for more information.

Seeds - If you need seeds to conduct growth experiments in your classroom...they have got you covered! They can provide corn, soybeans, alfalfa, sorghum, canola, and sunflower seeds on request.

$200 Grants for Teachers - Designed to help Iowa teachers initiate new projects or expand existing projects that promote agriculture literacy in students. Teachers can apply to fund innovative lessons, activities, classroom resources, guest speakers, outreach programs, field trips, and other projects. Up to 170 grants will be awarded. Deadline to apply: Jan. 10, 2017

USDA Local Wellness Policy Tool-Kit

Wellness Policy Toolkit

New resources are now available to help school districts engage parents and school staff in Local School Wellness Policy efforts. 

A Local School Wellness Policy is a written document that guides school district’s efforts to establish a school environment that promotes students’ health, well-being and ability to learn.

 It’s important for parents and school staff to be a part of this process so the wellness policy is representative of both the community and student’s needs.  

Local Wellness Policy Outreach Toolkit:  

  • A letter to the wellness coordinator;
  • Sample letter to school principals;
  • Informational flyers, in English and Spanish;
  • Presentations for parents and school staff;
  • Sample newsletter article; and
  • Social media posts and graphics.

Healthy Snack Shack Open for Business!

Clear Lake Logo

A recent partnership between Cerro Gordo Department of Public Health and Clear Lake’s High School provides students in the entrepreneurial class the opportunity to manage a Snack Shack available to students after school. It is not only a learning opportunity to understand the business side, but also an avenue to offer healthy snacks to students. Snack Shack News Clip 

Pick a Better Snack Radio Ads

Pick a Better Snack logo

Have you heard the radio commercials promoting fruits and snacks as healthy snacks for kids?  The adds were developed by are funded by Iowa Department of Public Health's Iowa Nutrition Network School Grant Program. The ads are airing in 84 radio stations, representing a variety music genres.

Listen to the radio ad: Mom & Boy Questions

Listen to the radio ad: Mom & Boy Singing