March Healthy Schools - Healthy Students Newsletter

Healthy Schools - Healthy Students
school breakfast week

Happy School Breakfast Week!

This year’s theme, “Start Your Engines,” reminds the entire school community that school breakfast provides a healthy and energizing start to the day for students. Iowa students will be encouraged to show their enthusiasm for school breakfast during this week with special menus, cafeteria events, prizes, and more. Check out what Iowa schools have planned!

School Wellness Conference

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Registration is filling up for the conference scheduled on Thursday, March 28th in West Des Moines!

Sessions will highlight successful school wellness initiatives, the impact of wellness on academic success, strategies to engage key stakeholders, and resources to support school wellness implementation.

Mileage and sub pay reimbursement is available for school staff and there is no charge to attend! Continuing education is available for school nutrition professionals, Registered Dietitian Nutritionists, and teacher license renewal credit. School Nurse CEUs are pending approval.

For more information or to register visit the School Wellness Conference Webpage or contact


School Nutrition Email Group


The Iowa School Nutrition Group is a communication tool to link professionals who are directing school nutrition programs in the state of Iowa. The primary purpose of this list serv is for participants to share resources, provide information, and to gather input or feedback from others.

To be added, contact

Water Bottle Filling Station Grants - Delta Dental


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Schools across Iowa have the opportunity to apply for a new water bottle filling station through the Rethink Your Drink program, funded by the Delta Dental of Iowa Foundation.

Selected schools will have an old drinking fountain replaced with a new water fountain/bottle filling station. They will also receive water bottles and toothbrushes for all students and staff, along with a Rethink Your Drink educational kit.

Applications will be accepted through April 1, 2019.
Priority will be given to:

- Communities with optimally fluoridated water;

- Schools with the highest rates of students eligible for free and reduced price school meals; and

- Schools that do not already have a water bottle filling station. 

Rethink Your Drink Application and Information

Charition Taste testing

Smoothie Taste Testing

Chariton Community School District attended the Healthy Choices Count conference in October and applied for a $500 sub-grant from Iowa Department of Education's Team Nutrition program.

With the funds, they conducted "blenderless" smoothie taste testings at Van Allen Elementary School. They tried two flavors Food Court Smoothies & Chocolate Dipped Strawberry! The winner was the Food Court Smoothie which included vanilla yogurt, orange juice, and applesauce.

Contact Becca Bittner, Food Service Director ( for the recipes!

Iowa Schools in the News


Sioux City CSD: School physical education class combines exercise with math, literacy.

Waukee CSD: Yoga Instructor Turned Middle School Health Teacher Awarded Golden Apple

Boone CSD: Boone schools show path to local food procurement

Central CSD: Central Project Learning to Make Healthier Choices

News to Know in School Nutrition Webinar - Preschools/CACFP Meal Pattern



Schools that serve meals to child care centers, pre-kindergarten, or preschool students are required to follow the Preschool/CACFP meal pattern. Compliance with the CACFP meal pattern is assessed during the triennial School Nutrition Administrative Review.

A webinar will be held on Monday, March 25th from 2-3pm that will provide an overview of the requirements, creditable foods within each meal pattern component, and exceptions for following the CACFP meal pattern if your younger students are co-mingled with K-12 grade students.

Webinar Registration Page

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