Healthy Kids Act
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The purpose of the Healthy Kids Act is to establish physical activity requirements for students in kindergarten through 12th grade and to establish nutritional content standards for food and beverages sold on or provided on school grounds during the school day.
USDA Smart Snacks in School
As a part of the Healthy Hunger Free Kids Act of 2010, USDA has released an interim final rule effective July 1, 2014, Smart Snacks in School, which establishes nutrition standards for all foods and beverages sold to students on campus during the school day outside of meals served as a part of the School Breakfast and National School Lunch Programs. Iowa has nutrition standards in effect for foods sold outside of meal programs since July 1, 2010, established as a part of the Healthy Kids Act of 2008
Effective June 4, 2014, the State Board of Education amended Chapter 58 of the Iowa Administrative Code, which is the Iowa Healthy Kids Act rule for the nutritional content standards for other foods and beverages sold to students, outside of the meals program. The amended Healthy Kids Act standards are equivalent to the USDA Smart Snacks in School nutrition standards.
Smart Snacks in School Webpage – Provides Smart Snacks in School recorded webinar, flyer, link to USDA webpage, and links to the Alliance for a Healthier Generation product calculator and product navigator.
Healthy Kids Act Toolkit - This toolkit was created through a Wellmark Foundation Grant, Building on the Healthy Kids Act Opportunity. It was designed to assist schools in the implementation of the Healthy Kids Act Nutritional Content Standards for a la carte, vending, and regulated fundraising. Resources are divided up by their target audience and can be distributed in hard-copy format or electronically.
Included below are several resources that emphasize the need for adults in the school community to serve as healthy role models for students. The PowerPoint presentation, Role Modeling for Healthy Kids, can be used in staff meetings, in-services, and community settings to reinforce the importance of adults setting positive examples for youth - and their peers - in the area of nutrition and physical activity. Administrators and school staff are invited to view the recorded Taking School Wellness to the Next Level webinar to learn how to build support for school wellness.