Fitness and Nutrition Resources

New resource from the National Summer Learning Association:

GREAT resource on healthy snacks!

Research by Jennifer Braun, University of Iowa College of Public Health Masters Candidate, supported the development of the following vending resources and a policy brief on how to improve the nutrition of snacks provided after school.

From Jen:
As a side project I collaborated with a dietitian, Carol Voss, at Iowa Department of Public Health to create a useful tool to help choose food items from Hawkeye Foodservice (Iowa City, area). While I know some of you don’t have access to important resources like refrigerators, the stop-light system that we have applied may help simplify some decisions regardless of resources. The first handout is the background and basic information while the following handouts are foods that are considered ‘green’ and others that are considered ‘yellow.’ We did not include ‘red’ food items. As you will notice that are a handful of yellow items and even fewer green items but hopefully that will change someday!

Online resources from the Iowa Department of Public Health:
Walking with a Purpose
Walking Works for Schools
Making Worksite Wellness Work at Your School
An Apple a Day and Other Small Steps
Eat and Play the 5-2-1 Way
School Nurse Toolkit: Student Overweight/Obesity
CATCH: Coordinated Approach to Child Health
Safe Routes to School
Team Nutrition

2011 Fitness Camp held at Starmont Community School District featured Dr. Ed Thomas using Indian Clubs! It was an excellent training for youth and staff. Check him out on You Tube! Dr. Ed Thomas

Iowans Fit for Life Safe Routes to Schools Webinar - archived at
During this webinar, two safe routes to school resources were shared. I-WALK presented by Tami Larson and the Iowa Bicycle Coalition's program, Iowa Safe Routes to School presented by Nick Sobocinski. I-WALK is an Iowa Safe Routes to School (SRTS) project funded through the Iowa Department of Transportation, administered by Iowa Department of Public Health and Iowa State University Extension, and implemented by communities across Iowa with the goal of providing community coalitions with relevant local information to help them continuously update, implement, and evaluate their Safe Routes to School plan.

From the Iowa Department of Education website:

CACFP Afterschool Snack Program Overview

How do I apply for CACFP afterschool snacks?

In Iowa and in most states, the CACFP State agency will be your State Department of Education. If you are located in Iowa you may call the Iowa Department of Education, Bureau of Nutrition, Health and School Transportation for more information at (515)-281-5356.

Is my afterschool care program in an eligible area?

In order for a site to participate, your program must be "area eligible". An afterschool care program site is "area eligible" if it is located in the attendance area of a school where at least 50 percent of the enrolled children are eligible for free or reduced price meals. Afterschool care programs can use free and reduced price meal data from elementary, middle, or high schools to document a site as "area eligible". You must also provide children with regularly scheduled educational or enrichment activities in a supervised environment.

How do we get reimbursed?

Programs may claim reimbursement for one snack per child, per day. All snacks which meet the CACFP meal pattern are reimbursed at the free rate. Sites may not charge for snacks served to eligible participants.

What type of snacks must be served in my program?

In order to be reimbursed, the snacks must contain at least two different components of the following four: a serving of fluid milk; a serving of meat or meat alternate; a serving of vegetable(s) or fruits(s) or juice; a serving of whole grain or enriched bread and/or cereal.

What times of the day/year may snacks be claimed?

Snacks may be reimbursed under CACFP after the school day has ended and at any time of day on weekends, holidays, and vacation periods during the school year.

What records must be maintained?

Your State agency will provide you with specific information on the reporting and record keeping requirements. You will need to maintain a roster or sign-in sheet for participating children. Additionally, you must record and report the total number of snacks you serve each day, and document compliance with the meal pattern for CACFP. Your State agency will be able to provide you with a copy of the CACFP meal pattern.

Which Type Should I Choose? Outside School Hour Child Care (OSHCC) or "At-Risk" Afterschool Snack Program (AASP)?

The Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) has two special types of serving sites (OSHCC and AASP) that are well suited for part-day childcare operations (usually before school hours, or after school hours or both before and after school hours). Your part-day childcare site(s) operation may be located separately from your full-day childcare center or located within your full-day childcare center but serving a group of older children distinctly separate from the full-day children.

If you have a part-day childcare, use the following information to determine if you are eligible, whether the OSHCC or the AASP best suites your part-day childcare needs, and whether or not you wish to submit an OSHCC or AASP Site Application.

You must first contact the State Agency before submitting a new Site Application.

You are qualified for an OSHCC when you:

  • Serve a separate group of children through 12 years of age before/after normal school hours, usually during the school year, school vacations and during the summer.
  • Serve breakfast or afternoon snack or both.
  • Located anywhere in a licensed/license-exempted facility.
  • You collect free and reduced-price Iowa eligibility applications if you claim reimbursement at free or reduced-price rates.

You are qualified for an AASP when you:

  • Serve a separate group of children up to age 19 years after normal school hours during the school year, including weekends and during school vacations.
  • Serve a afternoon snack
  • Are located in a licensed/license-exempted facility located within an eligible low-income area (50% or more based on school data or based on 2000 US Census data). All snacks are automatically reimbursed at the free rate.

To enroll:

  1. Attend the CACFP workshop. One time every 12 months.
  2. Train staff on snack program guidelines.
  3. Complete the application packet.
  4. Schedule a pre-approval visit.
  5. Arrange for a fire inspection of program.

For more information on eligibility and signing up for the program, contact Robin Holz at the Iowa Department of Education at or 515-281-5356.

Online Resources

Food Research and Action Center Afterschool Meals Guide:

Healthy Out of School Time Program:

USDA Child and Adult Care Food Program:

National School Lunch Program (State):

National School Lunch Program (Federal):