April Healthy Schools - Healthy Students Newsletter

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Healthy Schools
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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.

Stay Connected! Iowa Department of Education - Bureau of Nutrition and Health Services

Facebook: @healthyschoolsIA  Twitter: @IAhealthyschool E-mail: schoolmeals@iowa.gov

Apply for the Healthy Schools - Healthy Project!

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An initiative of the Iowa Department of Education’s Team Nutrition Program aims to empower elementary students through school-based nutrition education, healthy school environments, promotion of school meals, and engagement of school staff, parents, and the community.

Targeted work will take place in elementary schools beginning fall 2017 that will include: financial support ($1,000), wellness policy and school nutrition trainings, nutrition education in 4th grade classrooms ($690/classroom to deliver lessons and taste testing), school meal promotion resources, and evaluation. For more information contact Carrie at carrie.scheidel@iowa.gov.  Application of Interest is due April 21  

Equipment Grants - Midwest Dairy Council

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Midwest Dairy Council is pleased to offer the Fuel Up to Play 60 School Nutrition Equipment Grants again this year! The grant application is available at FuelUpToPlay60.com. Up to $5,000 can be awarded per school building (up to 3 buildings/district) to purchase equipment that will enhance the long-term implementation of their school meal programs.

Equipment may include large and small items such as breakfast in the classroom equipment, utility carts, coolers, etc. The deadline for this opportunity is April 28th. Contact Jen Ransom at jransom@midwestdairy.com for more information.

School Nutrition Staff Trainings

Iowa Team Nutrition is developing a series of 10-15 minute webcasts School Nutrition Directors can utilize during staff training. The webcasts are narrated by the Iowa Team Nutrition Co-Director and include hands-on activities and quizzes to assess knowledge gained. In addition, the Facilitator Guide provides links to additional trainings and resources to support the topic.

Topics available include: Customer Service, Food Production Records, and Build Healthy Lunch (offer vs. serve). More will be added as they are completed. Send topic suggestions to Carrie at carrie.scheidel@iowa.gov.

Reading on the Go at St. Joe's!

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Thanks to a donation from the Bill Weigel Memorial, St. Joseph's school in New Hampton purchased stationary bikes for their library. The students will be able to visit the library, checkout a book and read while exercising. They also purchased multiple exercise peddlers that the students can use in their classrooms while sitting at their desks. Contact: Christina Carlton (school principal) ccarlton@stjoseph-nh.pvt.k12.ia.us

Every Kid Healthy Week

Schools are encouraged to participate in the fifth annual Every Kid Healthy Week celebration, April 24-28. Whether just starting out or celebrating all your school's health and wellness accomplishments, join the movement by hosting and registering your Every Kid Healthy Week event.

Find ideas and resources for Every Kid Healthy Week events at EveryKidHealthyWeek.org.

  Every Kid Healthy Week

New Smarter Lunchroom Scorecard

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The Smarter Lunchrooms Scorecard contains simple, no-cost or low-cost strategies that school nutrition can use to increase participation, improve consumption of healthy food, and reduce food waste. The strategies are based on research from the Cornell Center for Behavioral Economics in Child Nutrition Programs.

For the past 3 years, Cornell has continued to conduct research and gather essential feedback from schools, trainers, and partners about how to improve the scorecard. The new and improved version is now available.


There are 60 strategies on the Smarter Lunchrooms Scorecard.  The more strategies you implement, the more improvements in revenue, participation, and healthy eating you will see.

Iowa Team Nutrition recently held a webinar that provided an overview of the updated scorecard. 

Webinar Recording
New Smarter Lunchroom Scorecard

Garner-Hayfield-Ventura New Nutrition Webpage!

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Garner-Hayfield-Ventura Community School District recently launched a new webpage to highlight their school nutrition program and school wellness policy. Check it out at: http://ghvschoolnutrition.weebly.com/

Action for Healthy Kids - Call for Presenters

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Illinois and Iowa Action for Healthy Kids is hosting a School Wellness Conference on Thursday, November 2nd, 2017 in Rock Island, IL.  

They are currently inviting individuals with expertise in school health and wellness to submit presentation proposals to be considered for the conference. They are specifically interested in presentations that highlight successful school health and wellness-related outreach in schools, innovative projects that improve the overall health of the school community, and emerging issues impacting school health and wellness. Selected presenters will receive up to two complimentary registrations.

Please contact Ryan Monroe at rmonroe@actionforhealthykids.org for an application. The deadline to apply is April 30th.