August Healthy Schools - Healthy Students

Healthy Schools - Healthy Students

Which Fruit or Vegetable Are You?

Fruit and vegetable survey

Take this quiz to learn which produce represents your personality. A great ice breaker idea for back to school staff trainings and an opportunity to learn more about produce grown in Iowa!   

Fruit & Vegetable Survey

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Training Opportunities

School Nutrition Professional Standards are intended to ensure staff who manage and operate school nutrition programs have adequate knowledge and training to meet program requirements.

Iowa Department of Education offers a variety of in person, webinar, and on-line school nutrition training opportunities:

- School Meals Education Events: schedule of upcoming in person and webinars.

School Meals Learning Tools: collection of recorded webinars on a variety of topics.

Web-Based Tutorials: self-directed learning on Iowa Learning Online.

School Nutrition Staff Training Webcasts: 10-15 minutes that include facilitator guides.

- School Nutrition E-mail Based Group: communication tool to share ideas and gather feedback from others. To participate, contact

Healthiest State Walk - October 2nd

The Annual Walk is an opportunity for your school to join thousands of other Iowans statewide in walking for 30 minutes. This is the 9th annual event and we hope you'll join us and be inspired to walk for 30 minutes not just on October 2, but every day! #GetYourWalkOn2019

This year includes a School Mascot Challenge for the first 16 schools who register walks in their regions for a total of 64 schools. The schools will compete in a bracket style challenge for a chance to win $1,000! Limited spots remain in each region.

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Iowa local food day

Iowa Local Food Day - October 11

Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship is sponsoring the annual Iowa Local Food day on October 11th.

What does the day include? Schools serve at least two food items in school meals that feature local ingredients from Iowa farms.

How do I sign up? Visit Iowa Local Food Day.

Questions? Contact

Physical Activity, Physical Education & Health

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Physical Activity Requirements

The Iowa Healthy Kids Act has been in place since 2008 and includes physical activity requirements for students:

- K-5: minimum of 30 minutes per school day (i.e. recess, physical education, brain breaks, etc.)

- 6-12: minimum of 120 minutes per week (i.e. recess, physical education, interscholastic sports, non school activities - can be documented through a physical activity contract, etc.).

Voluntary Physical Education and Health Standards

Iowa's voluntary physical education and health standards were approved and adopted by the Iowa State Board of Education on March 28, 2019 based on public input and review team recommendations. Questions? Contact Lyn Jenkins at

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Meal Signage Requirements

School meal programs are required to have signage that identifies the content of a reimbursable breakfast or lunch near or at the beginning of serving lines. This requirement is to ensure students do not unintentionally purchase a la carte items and minimize issues at point of sale.

Iowa Department of Education has a collection of Reimbursable Meal Signage to assist schools in meeting this requirement:

Next Step Challenge

Staff Wellness Idea

Start the school year off on the right foot by participating in the Next Step walking challenge with colleagues from Sept 9 - Oct 18th.

Teams of 2-10 compete in an active competition tracking the number of steps accumulated. Through an online dashboard, members report their step count in effort to move their team up the challenge leaderboard. There are opportunities to win team incentives and individual prizes!

Cost is $10/participant. Visit Live Healthy Iowa for more information or to register.

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Join others from across the state working in schools, child care, out-of-school programs, health care, and communities to adopt strategies to support the healthy choices as the easy choice.

The summit will take place on October 22nd at Des Moines University. Mileage ($0.39/mile) and sub-pay (up to $100/staff member) reimbursement will be available for school staff to attend. Cost: $30/person Registration opens August 19th!

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