May Healthy Habits Start Early Newsletter

CACFP Team Nutrition Newsletter

May, 2019

The CACFP Team Nutrition monthly newsletter provides information on nutrition and physical activity for young children, trainings and funding opportunities, resources, and success stories from Iowa CACFP programs working to support healthy habits.

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

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Kala Shipley

Welcome Kala Shipley!

Kala Shipley is the new Bureau Chief, Nutrition and Health Services. Kala is a Registered Dietitian and has worked several years at the Iowa Department of Public Health. She has a wealth of knowledge and vast work experience including past employment at a Community Action Agency, State WIC Office, and Southeast Polk Community School District. Welcome Kala to the Iowa Department of Education!

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Iowa Farm to School Conference, June 21-22 

Register Today! Central College in Pella

Want to learn more about how farm to early care works? Join us for one or both days as we share ideas, resources, and success stories to help grow the Farm to Early Care movement in Iowa. Sub-grants will be offered! 

Strawberry Patch

Healthy Habits Start Early Success 

The Learning Center (TLC) in Charles City is one of 27 childcare centers that participated in Iowa Team Nutrition’s Healthy Habits Start Early project. The project included Grow It, Try It, Like It, a garden-themed nutrition education kit to encourage children ages 3-5 years to eat more fruits and vegetables. TLC Director Pam Ost states, “The children were given the opportunity for hands on experiences with new and colorful foods. They planted seeds, were shown what the fruits and vegetables will look like when harvested and then given a tasting of these new foods. They loved getting their hands dirty and deciding whether they liked this new food or not.”


CACFP Resources Website!

The CACFP Center Resources Google site provides easy access to CACFP information and resources, including training, position statements, sample policies, CACFP administrative manual, and more. The CACFP Conference presentations and handouts are posted under "Training".  If you don't have access or wish to request access for others, email

CACFP Training

CACFP Meal Pattern Training

June 25 - Cedar Falls

July 9 - Council Bluffs

Free, interactive meal pattern training for centers includes, identifying whole grain rich foods & ounce equivalent, using the grain/bread chart, serving creditable foods in their correct portions, menu planning and using the CACFP shopper app, and CACFP best practice menu ideas.

Contact for more information. 

Mileage reimbursement ($0.39/mile) and sub-pay up to $80 is available

Save the Date - Team Up for CACFP Success!

Central Rivers AEA in Cedar Falls - August 9th

Plan to join this peer-to-peer mentorship training to create solutions to CACFP menu planning and program administration challenges through development of action plans. Rich Luze from Sioux City CSD and Shelly Mohr from Tipton CSD will lead and facilitate this training.

Team Up

Explore Iowa's Outdoors with 99 Parks Initiative


The State of Iowa announced the launch of its new effort encouraging residents and visitors alike to explore Iowa’s outdoors. The “99 Counties, 99 Parks” initiative features one county conservation-managed park in each of Iowa’s 99 counties. Individuals are encouraged to visit Travel Iowa to browse parks to see what features they offer.

The Family Fun Guide includes a variety of activities, including recipes, a scavenger hunt, art projects, geocaching,  and creating nature sculptures. Many of the parks include “selfie stands” where visitors can take photos and share their experiences on social media.

5-2-1-0 Action Guide

action plan

You may have heard of 5-2-1-0, but are not sure how to get started. The Iowa Healthiest State Initiative has created a 5-2-1-0 Action Guide to help go through the process, help assess your site and provide the resources and tools to create and implement an action plan to meet your unique goals.

Step 1: Engage

Step 2: Register

Step 3: Implement

Step 4: Share

Step 5: Check-in