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 Community Guide

Iowa Team Nutrition. Iowa Action for Healthy Kids.

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

Pick a Better Snack™ (PDF | 711 KB)

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).

Healthy Eating Posters

Iowa Team Nutrition.

Encourage students to drink more water and to eat more fruits, vegetables, and fat-free or low-fat milk with these posters.
- Strong, Fast, The Best I Can Be- Milk (PDF | 773 KB)
- Milk: Choose Fat-free or Low-fat (PDF | 3.10 MB)
- Make Half Your Plate Fruit and Vegetables (PDF | 215 KB)
- Drink Water Instead of Sugary Drinks (PDF | 555 KB)

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:

Iowa Team Nutrition Newsletter Iowa Team Nutrition Newsletter (2016)

Iowa Department of Education.

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

Steps to Success (2016)

Iowa Child and Adult Care Food Program.

Introductory workshop on CACFP administration for centers including the following modules: Menu Planning, Production Records, Healthy Child Care, Income Applications, Counting & Claiming, Financial Reports, Online Claims, Training, Civil Rights, Review Preparation, New Organizations, Emergency Shelters, Center Sponsors, Infant Feeding, At-Risk Program, Outside School Hours, and Adult Care.

School Wellness Resources (2016)

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.

Go Local and Get GREEN! Choose Local Products for Healthy Fundraisers (April 2016) (PDF | 386 KB)

Iowa Team Nutrition.

Great fundraiser ideas, ideas for implementation that promote active lifestyles, and additional resources.

Parent School Breakfast Survey (2015)

Iowa Team Nutrition.

The University of Iowa conducted a survey of Iowa parents (n=8,982). The purpose of the survey was to 1) evaluate parents' knowledge of the school breakfast program at their child's school, 2) determine parent perceptions of the school breakfast program, and 3) identify general breakfast consumption behaviors of school-aged children.

Administrator School Breakfast Survey (2015)

Iowa Team Nutrition.

The University of Iowa conducted an online survey of K-12 school administrators in the state of Iowa (n=152). The purpose of the survey was to better understand administrator perceptions, attitudes, and beliefs around the school breakfast program and determine barriers and facilitators to improving school breakfast program participation in Iowa schools.

Move for Thought PK-K (May 2015)

Iowa Team Nutrition.

Move for Thought is a resource to increase physical activity opportunities for Pre-K and Kindergarten. The strategies can be used to meet physical activity needs, improve physical literacy and fundamental gross motor skills, and develop physical, cognitive, social, and emotional skills. Resource includes 57 activities, 11 songs, and training presentation and materials.

Engaging Your Entire School in the Garden: Webinar (March 2015)

Iowa Department of Education.

Iowa Team Nutrition hosted webinar on March 17, 2015, for elementary teachers, principals, food service directors, school nurses, and others who were interested in learning how to integrate the school garden into the classroom. Iowa State University Extension, FoodCorps, and Iowa Agriculture Literacy Foundation shared their insight and suggestions on how to make the school garden become part of the entire school learning process.

Healthy Schools - It's a Team Effort! Workshops (March 2015)

Iowa Department of Education.

The Iowa Department of Education’s Team Nutrition Program is partnering with the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Foundation to hold workshops led by registered dietitian nutritionists (RDNs). The two-hour workshops held across the state will provide training for elementary teachers and staff to support a school wellness through nutrition education and physical activity, featuring the new Enhanced Healthy Schools Teacher Workshop.

Smarter Lunchrooms Resources (2014-2016)

Iowa Department of Education.

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

Twitter Toolkit for School Cafeterias (2014) (PDF | 1.57 MB)

Iowa Department of Education.

The purpose of this toolkit is to provide food service directors, cafeteria workers, and school administrators with information and resources to develop and manage their own Twitter account, including how to set up an account, how to develop messages, what to tweet about, and how to increase your followers. This resource can be used to target middle and high school students.

Fruit and Vegetable Resource (2014)

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.

Snacks from A to Z (March 2014)

Iowa Team Nutrition.

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

School Breakfast Reimbursable Meal Identification Signage (June 2014)

Iowa Team Nutrition.

School breakfast signage to assist students in selecting their meal choices and to reduce unintentional purchase of food items not included in the reimbursable meal.

Food Waste Reduction in School Meals (June 2014) (PDF | 595 KB)

Iowa Team Nutrition.

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

Iowa Recess Before Lunch (July 2014)

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.

School Breakfast Best Practice Guide (August 2014) (PDF | 608 KB)

Iowa Team Nutrition.

The guide represents the student perspective on practices related to school breakfast and provides solutions to common school breakfast challenges including: awareness, competing priorities, timing, location, food preferences, and misconceptions.

Flavor Shakers (August 2014)

Iowa Department of Education.

Chef Deanna Olson created these low-sodium herb/seasoning mixtures to be utilized in child care and schools to decrease sodium consumption.

USDA Foods Recipes by Chef Deanna Olson (August 2014)

Iowa Department of Education.

Chef Deanna Olson developed and standardized ten new recipes for schools utilizing USDA Foods.

Indoor Recess 101 (November 2014) (PDF | 186 KB)

Iowa Team Nutrition.

During inclement weather, schools have students stay indoors. Here are some ideas of how to have active recess, even if it's indoors.

Empowered Parents for School Wellness (October 2014)

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.