Over the last four years, Meet the Challenge! project has brought the assistance of Registered Dietitian Nutritionists to over 100 Iowa schools through engaging food service directors and parents in school wellness improvements. Meet the Challenge! is a collaborative project with the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Foundation and the Iowa Department of Education through their Team Nutrition grant.
During the 2015-2016 school year, Meet the Challenge! project RDNs led 20 workshops with teachers using an enhanced version of the Kids Eat Right, Healthy Schools. It’s a Team Effort toolkit, reaching over 400 Iowa teachers with ideas to integrate nutrition education and physical activity into their teaching plans.