Iowa Nutrition Network School Grant Program

DMPS participates in Iowa Nutrition Network School Grant Program funding and activities. These funds are used to implement Pick a better snack nutrition education; social marketing; and policy, systems, and environmental supports for student wellness in qualifying preschool and elementary school buildings (60% free/reduced lunch participation).

The goals of the Pick a Better Snack program are to provide information and strategies to help children and their families:

  • Eat more fruits and vegetables
  • Be physically active every day
  • Consume fat-free or low-fat milk or milk products every day

Opportunities are available for in class nutrition education, school wide promotions (posters, books, etc), family/parent night involvement, staff training and more.

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