Iowa students will tap their ‘Super Powers’ on Wednesday
Middle school summit focuses on wellness training, Healthiest State Walk
About 150 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, Oct. 9, at the State Historical Building, 600 E. Locust St., in Des Moines. The event 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 Iowa Department of Public Health Director Mariannette Miller-Meeks and Jared DeVries, an NFL alumnus from Iowa, 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 state. Following the walk the students will eat lunch at the Capitol, followed by a short tour.
“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. “The best motivators for students to lead a healthy lifestyle are their peers.”
Students and adult team leaders from more than 30 schools will learn how to create and activate wellness programs in their schools. Topics include a chef’s healthy snack demonstration, a how-to on organizing a healthy food drive, and school wellness challenges and solutions. 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 sixth-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, the American Cancer Society and the School Nutrition Association of Iowa.