"Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much." Helen Keller
The Northeast Iowa Food & Fitness Initiative is grounded in the work of these core partners:
Iowa State University Extension & Outreach
ISU Extension and Outreach coordinates the work of the Northeast Iowa Food and Farm Coalition to create opportunities for farmers to engage in the local food system. ISU Extension also leads the youth engagement efforts in schools by embedding the work in the Iowa 4-H program. The vision of FFI aligns closely with the mission of Iowa's land grant university—to create healthy people, healthy environments and healthy economies.
Luther College coordinates education and outreach to school wellness teams and supervises the AmeriCorps and FoodCorps members. Luther sets the example of healthy lifestyles for their region through their students and faculty. Their campus has numerous sustainability initiatives. Luther's outreach for Northeast Iowa FFI focuses on policy, system and environmental changes that support a sustainable, healthy choices and lifestyles , such as growing and using healthy, local foods and offering opportunities for active transportation.
Northeast Iowa Community College
NICC joined the Initiative in 2012 to expand work on FFI's newest strategy to reach out to young families and encourage healthy eating and active living into the everyday lives of parents, students and young children. Through the college's child development center and its early childhood education curriculum, NICC brings significant connections and expertise in working with regional agencies, childcare providers, parents and children from birth to five years of age.
Upper Explorerland Regional Planning Commission
Upper Explorerland joined FFI in 2011 to coordinate activities related to active transportation. Upper Explorerland brings expertise in community planning and advisory and resource development services that help communities build the future of Northeast Iowa.