December Healthy Schools - Healthy Students

Healthy Schools - Healthy Students
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P.E. & Health Resources and School Visits!

PE and Health Standards

The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) includes health and physical education as part of a "well-rounded" education that should be offered to all students. With new recommended standards for health and physical education, the Iowa Department of Education is working with a statewide leadership team to develop resources to support schools in their implementation.

New tools and resources will be shared via this newsletter, IAHealth&PhysEd on Twitter, and the DE Physical Education and Health Education webpage. Check out the newest resource Guidance for Physical Education Standards!

The Health and Physical Education Consultant is looking to visit programs across Iowa. Please contact Lyn Jenkins at with questions or to invite her to visit.

Brain Breaks Resources!

Children need at least 60 minutes of moderate-to-vigorous physical activity every day to support overall health. Most children fall short of this goal. Lack of physical activity can impact a child's ability to do well in school. It can affect their memory, attention span, school attendance and grades.

Along with recess and physical education class, a 3-5 minute "brain break" can help students be more active. Iowa Department of Public Health has two resource books that include a collection of classroom activity ideas. Check them out!


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Did You Know? Sugar-Free Gum is Allowable!

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The USDA Smart Snack Standards are required for all foods and beverages sold to students before, during and 30 minutes after school. The standards apply to all organizations selling foods or beverages, even student run stores. There are often requests for ideas of items that are allowable. Sugar-free gum is exempt from the nutrition standards and can be sold to students! Please check local policies on gum prior to selling.

For a list of resources and Smart Snack approved recipes visit the Iowa Department of Education's Smart Snack webpage. Questions? Contact Carrie at

Teacher Supplement Grants Now Available

Iowa Ag Literacy Foundation Grants

Iowa Agriculture Literacy Foundation (IALF) is offering grants up to $250 to support teaching about agriculture in classroom or after school programs. Grants can fund innovative lessons, activities, classroom resources, guest speakers, field trips, and more! The grant is open to Iowa PreK to 12th grade teachers/librarians. Deadline: January 10th, 2020
Visit IALF for more information.

University of Iowa Community Grant Program

U of IA College of Public Health

The UI College of Public Health has developed the Business Leadership Network (BLN) Community Grant Program to support programs and activities that build collaborations and support community well-being. Topic areas include: healthy lifestyles, workplace/school wellness, and, arts and health collaborations, etc. Grant awards of up to $3,000 are available. Deadline: January 15, 2020.
Visit UI College of Public Health for more information Check out previous recipients.

Iowa 4-H Healthy Living Ambassador Opportunity

4-H grows leaders

Iowa 4-H is looking for high school students to serve as ambassadors, who will grow their leadership skills, learn more about Healthy Living area, and put new ideas into action in their communities. A limited number of youth will be selected and will be responsible to complete trainings, attend the National 4-H Healthy Living Summit, and fulfill their project goals by August 2020. Applications are due: December 13th.
Visit Iowa 4-H for more information.

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