The Iowa Pediatric Obesity Mini CollN State Team recently attended the Pediatric Obesity Nutrition mini Collaborative Improvement & Innovation Network (CoIIN) meeting June 13-14, 2017 at the Courtyard by Marriott Downtown, Minneapolis, Minnesota. State team members are Erin Olson, Community Health Consultant -Iowa Department of Public Health; Carol Voss, Nutrition Coordinator – Iowa Department of Public Health; Kelly Hanson, Farm to Early Care & Education Program Specialist -Iowa Association for the Education of Young Children and Haleisa Johnson, Early Childhood Program Coordinator – Northeast Iowa Food and Fitness. Continue reading
If you know any school-age children, you have probably participated in a school fundraiser at some time. Just like any other school activity, if your school chooses to do fundraisers, they should communicate the same messages that support the goals of a healthy school environment while still earning money. Continue reading
Nearly 2000 students were educated on bike and pedestrian safety education this spring through Upper Explorerland Regional Planning Commission’s Bike Rodeo events held in conjunction with area schools. During the Bike Rodeos, students learned many important safety skills and then practiced their new skills on an obstacle course and mini-roadway. Helmets (just about 600!) were also handed out to any student needing one free of charge. Continue reading
The Iowa 4-H Youth Development Program has partnered with an interdisciplinary research team of Iowa State University faculty and students to strengthen in-school wellness across the state. They’re working together on an evidence-based obesity prevention program called SWITCH — “School Wellness Integration Targeting Child Health.” Continue reading
The Oelwein Middle School Food and Fitness 4-H Club celebrating the last day of school with a day at the bowling alley. Continue reading
Students in Mrs. Lawrence’s class learned about food by comparing and contrasting foods grown locally to foods grown throughout the nation. The students concluded that most of the farm products grown on large farms in Iowa are for animal consumption, while gardens and farmers markets supply foods for families to eat. Continue reading
Oelwein Food and Fitness volunteers coordinated a fun family day on June 2 at the Oelwein City Park.
A Calmar couple has donated their 170-acre farm to the Sustainable Iowa Land Trust—the largest donation ever to SILT. Continue reading