June Healthy Schools - Healthy Students Newsletter

Healthy Schools - Healthy Students

FREE School Nutrition Decals

Team Nutrition Schools can order Team Nutrition’s new Discover New Foods and Fueling My Healthy Life decal sets to promote healthy choices in the cafeteria. Quantities are limited; each school may order up to 2 of each decal set. Decals are available until June 15th or until supplies last! Ordering Form - Username: TNUser2, Password: TNSchools2019


energize with grains

Discover New Foods Decal Set: Perfect for elementary schools, these 6 x 6 inch decals are available as a set of 5 that includes 1 of each:

  • Discover New Dairy Foods
  • Discover New Fruits
  • Discover New Grains
  • Discover New Protein Foods
  • Discover New Veggies

Fueling My Healthy Life Decal Set: Designed for middle and high school, these 6 x 8 inch decals are available as a set of 5 that includes 1 of each:

  • Fueling My Active Life
  • Fueling My Busy Life
  • Fueling My Colorful Life
  • Fueling My Creative Life
  • Fueling My Flavorful Life
Fuleing My Healthy Life
money management

Money Management for School Nutrition Managers

Money Management (formally titled Dollars and Sense) is scheduled for June 25-26 at Indianola CSD. The training includes pennywise fundamental skills of kitchen management and marketing to identify and achieve school meal program success. The training will be led by Chef Cyndie Story and the K-12 Culinary Team. There are spots available! Register today!

summer meal meet ups

Summer is a Time for Food, Friends, and Fun! 

 Summer break is here! While learning does not end when school lets out, neither does the need for good nutrition.  The USDA Summer Food Service Program, administered by the Iowa Department of Education and sponsored by local schools, cities, and community organizations, provides free meals to children when school is out.

Over 500 summer meal sites, also known as Summer Meal Meet-Ups, will operate across Iowa from June through August. All kids and teens, ages 18 and younger, can receive a meal for free, no identification or sign-in is required. In addition to a meal, many sites will offer fun learning and recreational activities, so kids stay active and spend time with friends.

Your help is needed to ensure a nutritious summer today! Your organization can assist families in finding a summer meal site near them by using one of the methods below. Meals, days and times vary by location, so check the local site for availability. Help spread the word in your community!

Iowa Falls Healthy habits mission

5-2-1-0 in Action at Iowa Falls CSD!

Students were investigating healthy habits at Alden Elementary. The secret agents were school staff who highlighted their favorite fruit and vegetables, outdoor activity, book, and ways to stay healthy. #healthychoicescount

Contact Nicky (nnachazel@ifacadets.net) for more information.

secret agents

SWITCH School Wellness Program

SWITCH provides an opportunity to enhance implementation of 5210 habits by enrolling your school in S.W.I.T.C.H.- School Wellness Integration Targeting Children’s Health.  SWITCH provides a way for schools to help students in 4th-8th grade “Switch what they Do, View, and Chew!”.  A limited number of free enrollments along with mini grants are available. 2019-2020 Online Registration - Questions? Contact Laura at lliechty@iastate.edu.

training for a race

Hy-Vee Kids Fit June Challenge: Training for a Race

Hy-Vee KidsFit® is a fun, at-home program designed for kids and families to help promote health, exercise and nutrition as a priority in our daily lives. This program is designed to be done without workout equipment to make it accessible for everyone. Hy-Vee KidsFit help provide kids the tools to learn why it is important to make your personal health a priority. These life skills are incorporated into our monthly challenges.

Join the Hy-Vee KidFit Club Today!

Meal Cost Study

School Nutrition and Meal Cost Study

USDA published the first comprehensive study of school meal programs since the updated school meal standards went into effect. Presented below are a few results from the study:

  • The nutritional quality of both SBP breakfasts and NSLP lunches has greatly improved since SY 2009-2010.
  • The greatest improvements in foods offered for lunch were seen with whole grains and greens and beans.
  • There was an observed decrease in concentrations of refined grains, empty calories and sodium served for both breakfast and lunch.
  • The use of Offer vs. Serve related to significantly less plate waste.
  • Students participating in the NSLP were found to have consumed more whole grains, vegetables, and dairy and less refined grains than students not participating.
  • Participation rates were significantly higher in schools with higher scores on the Healthy Eating Index.

School Nutrition and Meal Cost Study Summary of Findings

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