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The Live Healthy Iowa's 10 Week Wellness Challenge starts Jan 25 and registration opens December 15th.  

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Eat and Play the 5-2-1 Way  is a one stop shop for family health and patient education materials. The materials were developed by the Iowa Department of Public Health based on the 5-2-1-0 message from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), Healthy Active Living initiative of AAP and the United States Department of Agriculture Food and Nutrition Service core nutrition messages. 

For further information about the 5-2-1-0 program visit the 5-2-1-0 Let's Go!  website



The HealthierUS School Challenge (HUSSC) is a voluntary initiative established in 2004 to recognize those schools participating in the National School Lunch Program that have created healthier school environments through promotion of nutrition and physical activity. 



Evidence in showing many benefits to scheduling recess before lunch.  Read more on this topic on the NEA website and Peaceful Playgrounds. The Montana Team Nutrition Network has also created a guide called Recess before Lunch: A Guide to Success which will help schools make the change.


P.A.C.K. – Pack Assorted Colors for Kids Program

PACK is a simple five-day educational program aimed at encouraging kids to eat more fruits and vegetables, as well as a wider color variety, while at home and school. Last year hundreds of thousands of elementary school children “packed” more colorful fruits and vegetables into their diets. School nurses said the PACK program engaged their students in a dialogue about fruits and vegetables and started the year off with a focus on healthy eating. The PACK program is a collaboration between Welch’s and Produce for Better Health Foundation.

How Can You Participate?

Each day of the PACK five-day program is assigned a different color to help children focus on broadening their selection of fruits and vegetables. Whether children buy lunch at school or “pack” it from home, they’ll be encouraged to include fruits and vegetables of the color of the day in their snacks and lunches. Since all forms count – fresh, dried, canned, frozen and 100% juice – it’s easy to eat more fruits and vegetables each day.
Schools, nurses, teachers click here for free downloadable materials.
Parents can learn more about how to implement to program by clicking here.

Energy Balance 101 is a one-stop interactive and educational portal where teachers, parents, students, and community members can learn about the role that energy balance can play in achieving an active, healthy lifestyle. 

Fruit & Veggie Color Champions is an interactive online resource for children ages 2 to 8. Help your child learn about eating healthy with food champion games, activity pages, coloring sheets, and easy, healthy recipies. 

Game On! The Ultimate Wellness Challenge (grades K-8) is a flexible framework that makes it easy for schools to help youth and their families eat healthy and be active every day. Game On! helps schools increase awareness of existing programs and tailor new initiatives, like school breakfast, to the needs of their school community.  Through fun, paired "challenges" around Making Better Food Choices and Moving More, Game On! leads to positive changes in behavior that impact student health and achievement.

Fuel Up to Play 60 enables kindergarten through 12th grade teachers and students to take action to improve nutrition and physical activity at their school and for their own health.  The program can be tailored to meet each school's wellness goals and features easy enrollment at no cost, step-by-step guidance for adults and students, incentives to motivate students and rewards to recognize those who take action.

Students Taking Charge (grades 7-12) is a national program where secondary students can learn, join together, and take action to make their schools healthier places to learn and achieve.  Students Taking Charge helps youth investigate their school, develop an action plan, and translate their own creativity, energy, and passion into programs and policies like school breakfast!  Through Students Taking Charge, students gain leadership skills as they improve their school health environment for themselves and their peers.


For curriculum lessons designed for preschool and early childhood settings please visit the Healthy Kids Today website.


President's School Challenge helps people improve their fitness and eating habits to live happier, healthier lives.


Safe Routes to School is a rising international effort to increase safety and promote walking and bicycling to school through the “5Es: engineering, education, enforcement, encouragement, and evaluation."


First Lady Michelle Obama is launching Let's Move! Child Care - a nationwide call-to-action that empowers child care providers, like you, to make positive health changes in children, early on, that could last a lifetime. 


Creating an Optimum School Health Environment in Your District: What Decision - Makers Need to Know  


School Wellness Policy Support Materials and Resource Guide  


The "Implementing Strong Nutrition Standards for Schools: Financial Implications" fact sheet summarizes the existing evidence of the financial impact on schools that have implemented strong nutrition standards. Implementing nutrition standards can be an effective strategy to improve the nutritional quality of foods offered and purchased in the school setting. One of the primary reasons that state and local education agencies are hesitant to implement strong nutrition standards for competitive foods is that they are concerned about losing the revenue that is generated from selling snacks and beverages to students. However, a key finding presented is that while some schools report an initial decrease in revenue after implementing nutrition standards, a growing body of evidence suggests that schools can have strong nutrition standards and still maintain financial stability.  


Click here for additional School and Youth Resources listed on the Iowans Fit for Life website



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