Whipping Up Wisconsin Wellness

Whipping Up Wisconsin Wellness Newsletter

The Whipping Up Wellness Newsletter is a bi-monthly newsletter to promote nutrition education. The newsletter will provide tips and resources that assist teachers, foodservice professionals, and parents with connecting nutrition education in the classroom, cafeteria, and home by providing easy-to-use nutrition education lessons, healthy eating tips, and recipes.  The newsletter can be delivered to your email by subscribing to our listserv or you may view our archived issues.


2014 Student Chef Competition

The 2014 student chef competition was held on May 15th at Babcock Hall on the University of Wisconsin – Madison campus.  Congratulations to the Purple Pirates of Grantsburg High School for winning the second annual competition with their delicious wild rice quiche. A total of 140 recipes were submitted for consideration and the top five teams were invited to participate in the cook-off where the teams of students prepared their own nutritious, student-friendly dishes at the competition.  

 The five finalist teams were:

  • Team Wellness (James Madison Middle School, Appleton Area School District) - Mediterranean Breakfast Quinoa 
  • The Purple Pirates (Grantsburg High School, Grantsburg School District) - Savory Wild Rice Quiche - CHAMPIONS
  • American Kitchen (Craig High School, Janesville School District) - Covered with Cheese 
  • HAMS (Kromrey Middle School, Middleton-Cross Plains Area School District) - Quinoa and Vegetable Stuffed Peppers 
  • Healthy Plymouth Panthers Team #2 (Plymouth High School, Plymouth School District) - Southwest Stuffed Peppers RUNNERS UP

The dishes were evaluated on their creativity, flavor, texture, visual appeal, and team presentation.  State Superintendent Tony Evers served as a judge, along with Karen Doster, regional program manager, Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board; Carl Welke, certified executive chef and foodservice director, Weston School District; and Julie Cox, DPI School Nutrition Team assistant director.  Qualifying entries will become part of the second annual student chef cookbook, published by the Wisconsin DPI.  Congratulations to all participants!

A cookbook featuring all qualifying recipes will be available by request in fall 2014. To access the winning recipes of the 2013 competition,   view the 2013 Whipping Up Wellness Cookbook or request hard copies of the cookbook by contacting Alicia Dill (alicia.dill@dpi.wi.gov) or Kelly Williams (kelly.williams@dpi.wi.gov).


Wisconsin School Garden Resources

  • Home Grown: School Gardens in Wisconsin – this guide introduces 12 schools that started a school garden during the 12-13 School Year. It provides information on garden size, struggles faced, garden-based education practices, and best practice recommendations. 
  • The Wisconsin School Garden Initiaitve is working to build a statewide network among WI garden educators. 


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