Whipping Up Wisconsin Wellness


2015 Student Chef Competition (Announcement Letter)

The period to submit entries for the 2015 Student Chef Competition has closed.  The top five finalists from the Recipe Contest will be invited to prepare their recipe during the Cooking Competition at the University of Wisconsin-Madison on Thursday, May 14, 2015.  Dishes will be judged on taste, student appeal, presentation, and creativity.  The five finalists from the Cooking Competition will receive a banner to display at their school and recognition on the Department of Public Instruction website. Additionally, top teams will receive prizes provided by Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin. To access the winning recipes of the 2014 competition, view the 2014 Whipping Up Wellness Cookbook.  You may request hard copies of the cookbook by contacting Alicia Dill (alicia.dill@dpi.wi.gov) or Kelly Williams (kelly.williams@dpi.wi.gov).

International School Meals Day

International School Meals Day is being celebrated on Thursday, March 5, 2015 to raise awareness of the importance of school meal nutritional quality, foster healthy eating habits and promote well-being on a global level. International School Meals Day encourages students and schools to celebrate International School Meals Day by promoting healthy eating and learning through stories – one of the most powerful ways to exchange ideas. Similarly to food, stories communicate people’s unique culture and the dreams that people have for a healthier and better future.

It is each individual country, school, and classroom’s responsibility to take part and work together to make the day special. The vision for International School Meals Day is that it will foster an awareness of and obedience to healthy eating patterns among school-age children not just one day of the year, but every day.

For ideas and more information on how to get involved with International School Meals Day, visit http://www.internationalschoolmealsday.co.uk/get-involved/. For information on how to connect with teachers and classrooms around the world visit:

Schools can celebrate International School Meals Day 2015 on Thursday, March 5, 2015 or celebrate different cultures and their food in the classroom or cafeteria year round.

You may also choose to celebrate the day by learning about foods served around the world. 


Classroom Recipes

Cafeteria Recipes


(hummus is a Levantine dip or spread made from cooked, mashed chickpeas)

Chicken Tikka Masala 

(a dish that is popular in India made with chicken that is marinated in yogurt and spices)

Flat Bread

(flat bread is found in the cuisines of West, Central, and South Asia)

Asian Stir Fry Over Rice

(stir frying is a Asian cooking technique in which ingredients are fried in a small amount of very hot oil while being stirred)

The Wisconsin Nutrition, Physical Activity and Obesity State Plan

The state plan was developed by the WI Department of Health.  It is a long range planning document focusing on the best ways to be active, eat well and prevent obesity.  Strategies in the plan to reduce overweight and obesity in Wisconsin will be targeted to reach children, adolescents and adults across all races and socioeconomic levels.


For questions about this information, contact Angela Farris (608) 267-9206