About 200 middle school students and teachers from across the state will learn how eating right and staying active bring out the super powers inside them at the annual Super Power Summit on Wednesday at the State Historical Building, 600 E. Locust St., in Des Moines. The event, which runs from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., provides wellness information that students and teachers can take back to their own schools.
As part of the summit, students will take part in the Healthiest State Walk with Lt. Governor Kim Reynolds starting at noon at the west side of the state Capitol. The one-kilometer walk is part of the Governor’s Healthiest State Initiative to demonstrate Iowa’s commitment to build a healthier Iowa.
“We must teach our youth the importance of eating healthy and being physically active. We need to do it in a way that engages them, motivates them and captures their imagination,” said Carrie Scheidel, a consultant in the Iowa Department of Education’s Bureau of Nutrition and Health. “Some of the best motivators for students to lead a healthy lifestyle are their peers.”
Students and adult team leaders from more than 40 schools will learn how to create and activate wellness programs in their schools. Topics include school gardening, new changes in school meal requirements, and marketing healthy messages. (A complete agenda can be found online.) Teams can apply for small grants to help cover the costs of implementing their local wellness programs.
“Students who eat right and stay active can utilize the super powers inside them to stay healthy and excel in the classroom,” Scheidel added.
Wednesday marks the fifth annual Super Power Summit. The event is sponsored by Iowa Partners: Action for Healthy Kids, the Iowa Department of Education’s Team Nutrition Program, the Midwest Dairy Council, the Iowa Department of Public Health’s Iowans Fit for Life Program and the School Nutrition Association of Iowa.