April Healthy Schools - Healthy Students Newsletter

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 This monthly newsletter is published in partnership with Iowa Team Nutrition and Iowa Action for Healthy Kids and provides information on nutrition and physical activity resources, upcoming school wellness trainings, funding opportunities, and success stories from Iowa schools.

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Congratulations to Waverly-Shellrock Middle School!

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Waverly-Shellrock has received a USDA Bronze HealthierUS School Challenge Award for their exemplary work with school nutrition, school wellness policy implementation, and physical activity! They will receive a $500 monetary incentive to support their school wellness efforts.

The HealthierUS School Challenge is ending July 1st. If you are interested in applying the time is now! Receiving the award is a great way to showcase the school wellness efforts at your school and also a chance to receive some funds. For more information visit, the HealthierUS School Challenge webpage or contact Carrie at carrie.scheidel@iowa.gov.

Farm to School and Procurement Webinar

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As part of the Bureau of Nutrition and Health Services What's New in School Nutrition webinar series, Keerti Patel will be presenting a webinar on Monday, April 23rd from 2-3pm on how USDA regulations are applied in the procurement of local foods. Information will be shared about Iowa Dept. of Agriculture and Land Stewardship sub-grants to support local food taste testing events that include food carts! Registration Link

School Nutrition Equipment Grant

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Midwest Dairy is offering grants to assist School Nutrition Directors in the purchase of equipment that will enhance the long-term implementation of their school meal programs with a preference to increasing school breakfasts served outside the cafeteria and afterschool suppers.

Schools may apply for up to $5,000 to purchase foodservice equipment for the storage, handling and delivery of dairy foods. Equipment may include insulated bags, transportation carts, kiosks or remote point of sale equipment for meals sold outside of the cafeteria. For more information, watch a short video on how to complete a grant application.These grants are competitive. Deadline to apply: April 30th, 2018.
For more information, please contact Jen at jransom@midwestdairy.com

Go the Distance May!

Go the Distance May

Live Healthy Iowa Kids invites schools and youth organizations to "Go The Distance" in the month of May! Schools and youth organizations can choose any day in May to celebrate active and healthy kids. Event activities ideas include obstacle courses, school-wide walk, fitness stations, nature hikes, group dancing, and much more!

Planning a Field Day in May? This can be your Go the Distance May Event!

To get involved, plan a 30-minute event, register online at Live Healthy Iowa Kids, and share using the #GoTheDistanceMay to be eligible to win cash prizes (1 - $500 and 2 - $250)!

Questions? Contact Nicole at nicole.kennedy@livehealthyiowa.org.

I've lost my teenager to a smart phone!


In 2017, a study published in the Clinical Psychological Science journal and reported by The Washington Post outlined some serious health issues among teenagers across the country. Nearly a half a million U.S. teens (ages 13 to 18) completed questionnaires about how much they use their devices (smartphone, tablet, computer), sleep habits and also their general attitudes and feelings. The analysis revealed a sharp jump in depression and suicidal thoughts when screen time increased. And nearly half of U.S. teens are seriously sleep-deprived. Learn a few tips on how to get your teens to put down the smart phone on the Healthiest State Initiative website. #healthychoicescount

National Dairy Council Food Models

Food models are an ideal tool for teaching nutrition and complement the Dietary Guidelines and MyPlate. They are also great visuals for bulletin boards to promote healthy eating. The National Dairy Council has their food models cards available on-line to be downloaded and printed. Their models convey the serving size and appropriate nutrient content information of common foods. By printing the PDFs as double-sided, you can create your own Food Model cards. Consider laminating for additional durability. National Dairy Council Food Models

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School Garden Lessons

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Teachers Going Green is excited to share a new series of garden lessons that they developed in partnership with the Des Moines Public Schools Nutrition Department. The lessons are organized by grade level and are connected to the Iowa Core and Next Generation Science Standards. Farm to School Garden Lessons

Walk and Roll Punch Card Contest

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Iowa Safe Routes to school is holding a Walk and Roll Punch Card Contest during the month of April. They are challenge schools across the state to motivate healthy lifestyles by encouraging students to walk or bike to schools. The contest will run from April 9-20th. Every day a student walks or bikes to school they will receive a punch on their card. After the contest punch cards will be submitted and 20 winners will be drawn. State level prizes include: Fit Bits, bike bells, and helmets. Please contact Troy Carter if you are interested in participating at troy@iowabicyclecoalition.org.

Walking School Bus or Bike Train Survey

The Center for Children's Healthy Lifestyles & Nutrition in Kansas City is partnering with the Safe Routes to School National Partnership to learn more about Walking School Bus and Bike Train best practices as part of a National Institutes of Health grant. To collect information they have created an on-line survey.

To participate in this survey, you must be either a coordinator of a Walking School Bus or Bike Train program at a single school or multiple schools, or a high-level supporter of Walking School Bus programs in your community (e.g., staff member of a health department or bike/pedestrian organization who provides support but not coordination). Walking School Bus or Bike Train Survey

Every Kid Healthy Week April 23-27th

Every Kid Healthy Week

Launched by Action for Healthy Kids, Every Kid Healthy Week is an annual observance that celebrates school wellness achievements. This special week shines spotlight on the link between nutrition, physical activity, and learning and the great efforts schools are making to improve the health and wellness of students -- because healthy kids are better prepared to learn!

REMINDER - Action for Healthy Kids Grants

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School Breakfast Grants: $2,000 - $3,000 (must have free and reduced percentage of 40% or greater). - DEADLINE Friday!

Game On Grants: $500 - $1,000 - DEADLINE FRIDAY!

Parents for Healthy Kids Grants: $1,000 DEADLINE April 13th!

Questions? Contact Ashley at acarroll@actionforhealthykids.org.