The Kansas Pork Association was a sponsor for the 2019 Wellness Workshops hosted by the Kansas State Department of Education as part of a Team Nutrition Training Grant from USDA. Over 330 students and school representatives, including food service directors, school nurses, teachers, principals and more, participated in the four workshops held at different locations around the state.
 
Students in attendance participated in a breakout activity where they had to use the Kansas School Wellness Policy Model Guidelines to solve clues and come up with promotions and goals for their schools. The adults participated in best practice panel presentations on the topics of: Innovative Breakfast Delivery Models, Physical Activity Throughout the Day, Farm to Plate and 365 Days of Meal Service. Each of the topics relate to a modeling level policy in the Kansas Model Guidelines. Participants also had the opportunity to hear about resources and community partners related to the topics and to share some of their own goals and areas of need related to the topics.
 
“Kansas Pork was one of the partners that we encouraged our participants to reach out to as an organization that can help with implementing policies related to Farm to Plate,” said Emily Brinkman of KSDE. “Our goal when we promote Farm to Plate is to make sure participants know that this doesn’t have to relate only to fruits and vegetables, which is a common misconception when many hear the term farm to plate.”
 
KPA was a sponsor of the pork lunches. Midwest Dairy was also a sponsor of the workshops.
KPA sponsors Wellness Workshops