A mini-workshop complete with taste-tests and information on creating a healthy school environment will be offered for parents and caregivers of students in the Decorah Community School District from 3 - 4:15 p.m. Wednesday, March 19, at John Cline Elementary.

Free childcare will be provided.

The workshop, lead by a registered dietitian nutritionist, is designed to get parents and caregivers involved to improve policy and practices related to school nutrition and wellness.

Attendees will learn how healthy eating and daily physical activity are linked to academic success and the benefits of school meals on children’s health and learning. Parents will have an opportunity to taste new school meal offerings and will engage in discussions about how to improve school wellness environments and promote school meals. 

School districts across the state of Iowa submitted applications to receive the workshop. The selected school districts include: Aplington-Parkersburg, Cedar Rapids, Clear Creek-Amana, Davis County, Decorah, Gilmore City-Bradgate, Iowa Falls, Indianola, Norwalk, Oelwein, Oskaloosa, Postville, Saydel and Wayne.

The workshops are part of the Meet the Challenge! program in collaboration with the Iowa Department of Education and the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Foundation and funded through the Iowa Department of Education’s USDA Team Nutrition grant. The goal of the program is to empower parents so that they will be able to support and lead changes in their children’s schools and promote the benefits of school meals to their peers.

For more information about the Decorah workshop, contact the Decorah Schools Wellness Team AmeriCorps volunteer Megan Woodward at woodme01@luther.edu or phone 262-751-1899.