Iowa

School Breakfast Reimbursable Meal Identification Signage

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.


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.


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.


School Breakfast Promotion Twitter Toolkit

Iowa Department of Education.

Toolkit for using Twitter to increase school breakfast participation among teens. The toolkit provides 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 followers.


School Breakfast Best Practice Guide

Iowa Department of Education.

This 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.


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 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.


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.


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.


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.


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).


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


Comfortable Cafeterias Webinar Comfortable Cafeterias Webinar

Iowa Team Nutrition.

Tips for proving an atmosphere that encourages students to select healthy foods choices. Webinar Slides and a Mealtime Philosophy Poster are also available.


Think Fresh, Not Fried Poster State of Iowa Youth Advisory Council (SIYAC) Posters

Team Nutrition Iowa; 2011.

These two posters were developed and created by Iowa high school students.
- Think Before You Drink: Regular Soda (PDF | 420 KB)
- Think Fresh, Not Fried (PDF | 466 KB)


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.


No- to Low-Cost Ways to Promote Physical Activity in the Child Care Setting

Team Nutrition Iowa.

This card set provides fun and interactive physical activities for young children that can be done without costly equipment.


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