The Bureau of Nutrition and Health Services  annual “summer short course” provided in partnership with ISU Extension and Outreach will focus on the new nutrition standards expected to be released by USDA Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) as well as the following highlights:

Back-to-School Nutrition Conference
Dates: July 30, 31 and August 1, 2024   8:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. 
Registration Deadline: July 10, 2024
Location: ISU Alumni Center, 429 Alumni Lane, Ames, Iowa   New location!

Audience: Directors and Managers
Professional Standards: ~18 hours (6 hours/day)     
Cost: $95 per workshop/day*     
*Registration fees include morning refreshments, lunch, and printed materials.      

Workshop Offerings:

Workshop 1:
Date: Tuesday, July 30, 2024
Title: New Nutrition Standards for Healthy Kids 2024  (hear nutrition speakers from ISU and Action for Healthy Kids)
Agenda: Agenda announced soon

Learning Objectives:
  • Increase your knowledge about childhood nutrition and health and why meeting nutrition standards for school meals are important for children’s health (and learning) in Iowa.
  • Explore the FNS/USDA Final Rule on meal pattern requirements and understand the changes from Transitional Standards for Milk, Whole Grains and Sodium in place during SY2022-2024.
  • Review menu planning resources for healthy school meals, including “Shaking it Up”.  

Workshop 2:
Date: Wednesday, July 31, 2024
Title: Civil Rights and Special Diets for Healthy Kids 2024 (hear from USDA civil rights and nutritionist from USDA)
Agenda: Agenda announced soon

Learning Objectives:
  • Improve your understanding of current civil rights responsibilities for School Nutrition Programs.
  • Build an understanding of effective strategies for planning and preparing meals for accommodating students with dietary restrictions.
  • Learn what is a “reasonable” meal modification and why SFAs may not use OvS for special diets.
  • Review resources for special diets.  

Workshop 3:
Date: Thursday, August 1, 2024
Title: Ensure Food Safety at Your School and Learn about Other Nutrition Programs for Healthy Kids 2024 (hear from Iowa Department of Inspections, Appeals, and Licensing)
Agenda: Agenda announced soon

Learning Objectives:
  • Review the current Food Code regulation relevant to school nutrition; learn issues to be aware of from the Iowa Department of Inspections, Appeals and Licensing.
  • Learn practical strategies for reviewing your written food safety plan based on HACCP principles to ensure solid food safety practices are in place at your school.
  • Review produce safety resources and discuss Farm to School considerations.
  • Examine “other” CN programs including Afterschool Snack Programs and CEP; review regulation for Smart Snacks and the local Wellness Policy/Triennial Assessment.