Dr. Thad Urban
ISD Assistant to the Superintendent
IES/IHS PE and Health Teacher
ISD School Nurse
ISD Food Service Director/Nutritionist, The Nutrition Group, Inc.
IHS Assistant Principal
IES Head Custodian
Dr. Steven Krauza
Parent/Community Wellness Expert
Athletic Director and Safety Coordinator(Committee Chairperson)
The District Wellness Policy can be reviewed by going to the link below. It is reviewed annually by our Wellness Committee. If you have any questions regarding the Wellness Policy, please contact Carl Zimmerman, 814-899-7643 ext. 2503.
Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Grant Program
Iroquois Elementary School received a grant for this school year that provides our elementary students with a fresh fruit or fresh vegetable 3 times per week. This healthy afternoon treat is delivered to the classrooms and provides the students with exposure to healthy food choices that they may otherwise not have the opportunity to experience.
Wellness Wednesday is a program in which our elementary students have come to love. Healthy, different food items are offered as a sample, encouraging students to try something new. The recipes use healthy, wholesome, and sometimes uncommon ingredients (such as farro or quinoa). A hand-out is sent home with students including nutrition facts, activities, and recipes.
Feature of the Week
At the secondary level and during each month, there is a special featured in the cafeteria a la carte section. These items range from a healthy Rootbeer Float to Asian Spring Rolls to Chocolate Dipped Fruit.
Recipe of the Month
Each month all secondary level TNG schools offer a Recipe of the Month. These homestyle entrees are created by our Corporate Chefs utilizing modern, healthy, and tasty ingredients. Some examples include: Savory Ham Pot Pie, Chili Cheese Tots, and Buffalo Chicken Alfredo.
The cafeteria provides students with nutritious, healthy food to nourish the body and mind. In addition, the café is also a place for students to gather and unwind for a brief period of time. Special, fun days are planned each month to help make the café a safe, happy, and comfortable place for students to enjoy. A few examples of our fun days are: Halloween Coloring Contest, National Popcorn Trivia Day, Twelve Days of Christmas, Super Bowl Contest, Lunch and a Movie, Groundhog Day, Disney Day.
Create Your Own Bowl
Create Your Own Bowl is a secondary level concept to give students more control in their entrée choice, toppings, and serving size. At least two Create Your Own Bowls are offered during the month. Options include: Fiesta Bowl, Pasta Bowl, Potato Bowl, Rice Bowl, and Salad Bowl.
Children need access to healthful foods and opportunities to be physically active in order to grow, learn, and thrive. Such good health fosters student attendance and education.
Unfortunately, obesity rates have doubled in children and tripled in adolescents over the last two decades. The predominant causes of obesity are excessive caloric intake and physical inactivity. Unhealthy habits established in childhood can lead to increased risk of heart disease, stroke, and diabetes for adults.
The National Alliance for Nutrition and Activity (NANA) provides documentation of the national impact of the increase in obesity and inactivity in its report, “Obesity and Other Diet- and Inactivity-Related Diseases.” The entire report with supporting statistics is available at www.NANAcoalition.org.
Plan school meals to meet standards defined by the State ad Federal regulations and recommendations.
Operate the School Breakfast Program to ensure that all children have access to breakfast.
No food or beverages shall be sold to students during established meal periods other than those sold by School Food and Nutrition Services.
All foods and beverages sold during the school day must meet established nutrition
Nutrition Education Goals
Provide classroom nutrition education that consists of age appropriate activities.
Expose students to a wide array of healthy foods and choices.
Fresh fruit and vegetable snack
Pilot Breakfast in the Classroom (Elementary School)
Partner with Nutrition Inc. to showcase a new food
Expand on the vegetable garden
Nutrition Education integrated in Health classes
Rat Diet Experiment
Physical Activity Goals
Provide regular physical education instruction for every student.
Students shall be moderately to vigorously active as much time as possible during a physical education class. *Adaptive physical education and medical curriculum will be established to accommodate students.
Offer a variety of cooperative, individual/personal and competitive physical activities in physical education classes that shall reflect the needs and interests of all students.
Prohibit using physical activity as a punishment and strongly discourage withholding opportunities for physical activity as a punishment.
Work cooperatively with private and community organizations to make quality activities, spaces and facilities available to students, staff, and community members.
Provide at least twenty minutes each day of supervised recess for all elementary school students.
Create a brochure/publication that details the extracurricular physical activity programs available to all elementary, middle, and high school students.
Student Wellness Initiatives
President’s Fitness Challenge00 Mile Club
Fuel Up to Play 60
Principal’s Boot Camp Partner with YMCA
Provide 9th grade Students with Guest Memberships
Certified P90X instructors
Justice Jumpers (jump rope team)
Fit 4 U Club – morning fitness
PRIDE (Practicing Repeatedly Increases Development of Excellence) – before-school basketball drills
Mighty Milers after-school running
Don’t Give up Your Stick – monthly sustained running minutes
Ring the Bell Challenge – climb diagonal pole on playground and ring bell at top. Pictures taken and posted.
Faculty and Student Push-Up Challenge
Jump Rope for Heart
Hoops for Heart
Walk for Diabetes
Walk for Autism
Administer and analyze Wellness Screenings
Height/Weight BMI/Push-Ups/Pacers Test
Boys/girls Biddy League Basketball
Boys/girls soccer club