Iowa

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.


School Meal Parent Campaign Resources (PDF | 7.37 MB)

Iowa Team Nutrition; University of Iowa.

Posters promoting the National School Lunch Program to parents.


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.


Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Bar Guide (PDF | 15.7 MB)

Iowa Team Nutrition.

An extensive guide for creating and maintaining a school produce bar.


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.


School Meal Pattern Communication Tools

Iowa Department of Education.

These tools were developed to help school nutrition programs communicate effectively with the school staff, parents and the community about the needs and value of the child nutrition program. Each tool can be edited and customized to meet specific school needs.


School Breakfast Signage – Build a Healthy Breakfast!

Iowa Team Nutrition.

Set of school breakfast reimbursable meal identification signage to assist students in selecting their meal choices and to reduce unintentional purchase of food items not included in the reimbursable meal. The signage can be posted or place in a letter sized clear acrylic sign holder and compliments the previously developed “Build a Healthy Lunch” school lunch signage.


Setting the Stage: Nutrition and Physical Activity Lessons for Early Childhood Settings Setting the Stage: Nutrition and Physical Activity Lessons for Early Childhood Settings (PDF | 519 KB)

Team Nutrition Iowa.

Nutrition and physical activity lesson plans using learning centers in the early childhood classroom.


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.


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.


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:


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).


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.


Dietary Guidelines 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 motivating 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)


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


Nutrition Education Take-Home Bag Nutrition Education Take-Home Bag

Iowa Team Nutrition; 2012.

Healthy eating and physical activity materials that can be placed in a bag for elementary teachers share with the families of their students.


Iowa CACFP Healthier Menu Toolkit

Iowa Team Nutrition; 2012.

These materials are part of the Healthier Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) Award in Iowa. Healthier CACFP is a recognition system that supports the wellness efforts of child care centers and homes participating in CACFP.


Stories in Motion: In-class Activity Breaks

Iowa Team Nutrition.

Short stories that can be used in classrooms to provide short physical activity breaks.


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