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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
Smart Snacks in School Nutrition Standards (Final Rule) - The Healthy, Hunger‐Free Kids Act of 2010 establishes nutrition standards for all foods and beverages sold to students before, during, and 30 minutes after the school day.
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.
- Iowa Healthy Kids Act Nutrition Standards Chart, Effective June 4, 2014
- 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.
- Physical activity requirements for students:
- Grades K–5: minimum of 30 minutes per school day (i.e. recess, physical education, brain breaks, etc.)
- Grades 6–12: minimum of 120 minutes per week (i.e. recess, physical education, interscholastic sports, non school activities - can be documented through a physical activity contract)
- Final Physical Activity Rules
- Sample Physical Activity Contract
- Physical Activity FAQs
- Iowa Physical Education and Health Education Voluntary Standards
- Physical Activity Resources
- Requires every student to complete a course that leads to certification in cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) by the end of Grade 12.
- Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation FAQs
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