October Healthy Schools - Healthy Students Newsletter

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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.

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

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

Meet the Faces Behind Iowa Team Nutrition!

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Carrie Scheidel has been with the Department of Education for 8 years. She has two daughters that are in 2nd and 4th grade. She has her Masters in Public Health.

Patti Delger has been with the Department of Education for 9 years. She has three grown sons and 5 grandchildren. She is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist.


October is National Farm to School Month!

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A time to celebrate the connections between children and local food! There are many ways to get involved!

Promote National Farm to School Month!
Find logos, posters and more at farmtoschool.org.

Local Foods: Conduct a taste test or feature a local item for lunch.

Plan Educational Activities:
Farm to School Lessons: Growing Minds: preK-12th grade

Farm to Plate Game: from farmer to grocer to customer, children and play an interactive game that includes the steps foods take before ending up on their plates.

Iowa MyPlate Activity Sheet: research what foods are grown, raised, and produced in Iowa.

Utilize the Iowa Agriculture Literacy Foundation’s Lending Library for FREE!

SHARE YOUR STORY - Tell us how you’re celebrating National Farm to School Month and you will be entered to win prizes that can support farm to school activities! Prizes include a 5 gallon salad spinner, totes full of farm to school classroom supplies, a grow light, and more!
Please e-mail a summary and photos to schoolmeals@iowa.gov.

Healthy Habits All-Stars

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The Iowa Department of Public Health has released a multi-faceted public health campaign, available free of charge to all Iowa educators, health care providers and parents. The “Healthy Habits All-Stars” are animated cartoon characters that help teach elementary-age children about public health topics in an age-appropriate manner.

The Healthy Habits All-Stars campaign includes FREE posters, temporary tattoos, coloring books and an activity guide. The initial cartoons associated with the campaign focus on immunizations and illness prevention.

National School Lunch Week (NSLW) - October 9-13

National School Lunch Week

The 2017 theme, “School Lunch: Recipes for Success” is designed to help school nutrition staff share their school lunch story. This week recognizes the importance of a healthy school lunch in a child’s life, and the impact it has inside and outside of the classroom.

The School Nutrition Association has developed a tool-kit that includes celebration ideas, social media posts, ways to freshen up the menu, communication tools, images/logos, activity sheets and more!

Healthier US School Challenge Award Winning Schools


Iowa has new schools added to USDA's HealthierUS School Challenge Award list! The award is a voluntary certification initiative recognizing schools that have created healthier school environments through promotion of nutrition and physical activity.

English Valleys Community School District
English Valleys Elementary School (Bronze)
Cedar Rapids Community School District
Wright Elementary School (Silver)
Central Decatur Community School District
North Elementary School (Silver)
South Elementary School (Silver)
Ottumwa Community School District
Liberty Elementary School (Silver)
Wilson Elementary School (Silver)
Southeast Polk School District
Four Mile Elementary School (Silver)
Waverly-Shell Rock School District
Waverly-Shell Rock Middle School (Bronze)

Currently we have 63 Award Winning Schools in Iowa!

Program Advisor Training Camp

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Join fellow educators, administrators and other community members who share your passion for healthy, high-achieving students at the interactive 2017 Fuel Up to Play 60 Program Advisor Training Camp, on Thursday Oct. 19th from 9am - 3pm at the Cedar Rapids Community Schools Educational Leadership and Support Center.  

Throughout the day you will learn how to develop student leaders and build a healthier school through Fuel Up to Play 60, network and exchange ideas, 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, e-mail Jen at jransom@midwestdairy.com.

Eggs in Schools Tools

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Looking for school breakfast promotional materials? Explore the Eggs in Schools logos, posters, labels, and other downloadable resources to help promote eggs in your school nutrition programs. All of the files are ready-to-use and available in various formats.

Check them out at the American Egg Board website.

Provide Feedback on School Wellness Tool

Iowa State University is in the process of developing a School Wellness Environment Profile (SWEP) Tool to better understand important components of elementary school physical activity and healthy eating environments. They are seeking input from elementary school wellness stakeholders.

To provide feedback, please use the links below. The surveys have been divided by topic area. If you have any questions, contact Joey Lee at jalee3@iastate.edu. Deadline: October 13th.

Quality PE - Physical Activity during School

Physical Activity Before and After School

Staff Wellness

Family and Community Engagement

School Food Environment

Whole Kids Foundation School Garden Grant

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Created in partnership with FoodCorps, the Garden Grant program provides a $2,000 monetary grant to support a new or existing edible garden at either a K-12 school, 501(c)(3) Non-profit working in partnership with a K-12 school, or 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. The application period is open September 1, 2017 thru November 15, 2017.