Whipping Up Wisconsin Wellness

International School Meals Day

International School Meals Day is being celebrated on Thursday, March 6, 2014 to raise awareness of the importance of school meal nutritional quality, foster healthy eating habits and promote well-being on a global level. This year’s theme, Food Stories, 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 2014 on Thursday, March 6, 2014 or celebrate different cultures and their food in the classroom or cafeteria year round.

  • Celebrate our WI diversity and heritage by offering students traditional Native American or Hmong foods or by incorporating traditional staples into your existing recipes.

Classroom Recipes

Cafeteria Recipes

Hull Corn Soup (a traditional Oneida tribal recipe)

Seasoned Wild and Brown Rice (wild rice was a staple of WI Native Americans and is still grown here today)

Succotash (a Native American recipe that always contains corn and beans)

Hmong Beef Fried Rice (pg 31) (Hmong cuisine typically features a spiced rice dish)

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

Classroom Recipes

Cafeteria Recipes

Ajil (a traditional Iranian mixture of nuts, seeds, and dried fruits)

Chicken Suqaar (pg 16) (a dish from Somalia made of meat and vegetables)

Israeli Salad (a salad of diced cucumbers and tomatoes)

Hummus (a Middle Eastern dip made of chickpeas whose popularity has spread worldwide)


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 (Announcement Letter)

Wisconsin Team Nutrition and the Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board are pleased to announce the second annual Whipping Up Wellness, Wisconsin Student Chef Competition. Teams of middle and high school students will compete to develop a nutritious, student-friendly recipe that includes local foods and that can easily be incorporated into the school foodservice program. The competition consists of a Recipe Contest and a Cooking Competition.  Teams must submit a Team Application, Recipe Entry Form, nutritional analysis, and photo of their dish to the Department of Public Instruction by March 7, 2014.

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 15, 2014.  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. Prizes will be provided by the Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board and given to all finalists.   To access the winning recipes of the 2013 competition,   view the 2013 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).


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