Health Policy

PPC Part of Iowa 2012 Team Nutrition Grant

Children eating apples at school lunch

Iowa is one of 20 states to be awarded a 2012 Team Nutrition Grant from the US Department of Agriculture. The goal of the grants is to support schools as they strive to serve healthy food, provide nutrition education, and create an environment focused on healthy eating and physical activity.

PPC Health researcher Natoshia Askelson will contribute to the effort by designing health communication materials to be used to help parents understand the new policy changes around school lunch. The Changes in School Meals toolkit will be used by school districts to inform parents of the new school meal patterns, update them on the school wellness policy, mobilize them to maximize their role modeling potential, and provide resources to assist in the development of healthy habits at home.