Iowa

Making Worksite Wellness Work at Your School (PDF | 2.33 MB)

Iowa Department of Public Health; Iowa Department of Education.

Provides school staff with suggestions to get an employee wellness program started.


School Wellness Community Guide

Iowa Team Nutrition. Iowa Action for Healthy Kids.

This guide provides information on how to engage communities in school wellness programs.


Wellness Challenges and Solutions (PDF | 193.95 KB)

Iowa Team Nutrition.

This handout presents common wellness challenges alongside their solutions so that schools can continue wellness practices.


Snacks from A to Z

Iowa Team Nutrition.

A handout for child care centers, home childcares, and preschools that lists snack ideas according to letter.


Electronic Health Messages

Iowa Department of Education.

The students of Muscatine East Campus and Middle School developed a series of electronic messages to be utilized on televisions and monitors in cafeterias and throughout the school building. The messages have been added to a library of already developed messages and have been promoted to schools across the state as a nutrition education tool.


Iowa Farm to School Poster (PDF | 3.21 MB)

Iowa Department of Education.

Developed in partnership with Iowa commodity organizations, Des Moines Public Schools nutrition education, Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship, and Food Corps. The poster highlights foods that are grown in the state of Iowa.


Pick a Better Snack (PABS) Fruit and Vegetable Fact Sheets

Iowa Department of Public Health.

Iowa’s Pick a better snack™ fact sheets provide nutrition facts, uses, varieties, origin, trivia, etc. for over 30 fruits and vegetables.


School Wellness Resources

Iowa Department of Education.

Provides information on the school wellness policy requirements that are part of the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act; resources to help schools implement, assess, and evaluate policies at the local level; recordings from informational Webinars; and handouts provided at trainings.


Healthy Snacks and Physical Activities for Early Childhood Programs Healthy Snacks and Physical Activities for Early Childhood Programs (PDF | 7.3 MB)

Team Nutrition Iowa.

Healthy snack ideas, fun physical activities, and suggested books to incorporate into lessons in the early childhood setting.


Iowa Recess Before Lunch

Iowa Team Nutrition Program; Iowa State University Extension; Midwest Dairy Council.

Pilot programs were conducted in 3 Iowa elementary schools. Results per school building and a guide to assist schools in making the determination of moving recess before lunch are available.


Being a Role Model for School Wellness Workshop

Iowa Department of Education; Iowa Team Nutrition.

Iowa held a one-day Train-the-Trainer workshop for school staff members including adult advisors of student organizations. The following resources were provided:


Fruit and Vegetable Resource

Iowa Department of Education.

Provides fun fact sheets, tasting instructions for students, words to describe foods, etc. to display on your classroom Smart Board or to assist in classroom discussion/education while tasting a new fruit or vegetable.


Healthy Minutes Healthy Minutes

Iowa Public Television; Iowa Department of Education.

Series of video clips featuring Dan Wardell who shows children in K-2 how to make healthy choices about food, physical activity and hygiene.


Empowered Parents for School Wellness

Iowa Department of Education.

The 1 ½ hour workshop will empower parents to support school meals and lead change for school wellness. The school Food Service Director can “team up” to lead the workshop with a local Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN), dietetic student, school nurse, health teacher, etc. Workshop materials include a leader guide, handouts, fact sheets, table tent awards, and myth and fact quiz.


Iowa Team Nutrition Newsletter Iowa Team Nutrition Newsletter

Iowa Department of Education.

Newsletters for schools with information on nutrition and physical activity programs, upcoming training opportunities, and success stories.


Walking Works for Schools Toolkit (PDF | 1.87 MB)

Team Nutrition Iowa.

Guide for planning a walking program at your school. A Webinar with additional information is also available.


Pick a Better Snack™ Pick a Better Snack™

Iowa Department of Health; Iowa Department of Education.

Campaign that encourages fruit and vegetable choices for snacks. Includes elementary classroom lessons, bingo cards, marketing materials, fact sheets, and family newsletters (newsletters are also available in Spanish).


Smarter Lunchrooms Resources

Iowa Department of Education.

Resources include presentation slides, self-assessment scorecard, cues for positive communication, and a best practice and implementation guide.


Spend Smart, Eat Smart in Childcare

Iowa State University Extension and Outreach.

The webinar offers many useful ways to save money yet provide healthy meals in the childcare setting.


Food Waste Reduction in School Meals (PDF | 595 KB)

Iowa Team Nutrition.

This resource provides ideas on how to increase consumption and reduce food waste in schools.


Build a Healthy Lunch Reimbursable Meal Identification System

Iowa Department of Education.

Kit helps students identify foods that are part of the reimbursable meal for the day at the near or beginning of the serving line.


Expanding Farm to Childcare Webinar Expanding Farm to Childcare Webinar

Iowa Team Nutrition; Iowa State University Extension.

Covers a wide range of topics related to management of a farm to child care program.


Iowa Gold Star Cycle Menus

Iowa Department of Education.

Breakfast and lunch cycle menus that meet the current USDA requirements and feature USDA foods. Includes a 2-week breakfast cycle menu, 1 week Grab ‘n Go breakfast menu, and 5-week lunch menu, as well as recipes, nutrient analyses, and other tools.


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