Weekly Bits – April 28

We’re live! Our website at https://walkneiowa.org/ is available for your use. Read walking stories, download resources to promote walking in your community, or submit your own walking story!  Community health partners from the region gathered this week to learn about the new resources and to create plans for rolling out the campaign in their communities and healthcare centers.


EARLY CHILDHOOD – Haleisa Johnson

Denise Menne took at trip to Hauth Park in Hawkeye. The park has many great features including a paved walking trail and two modern restroom facilities on each side of the park.  There is also a baseball/softball diamond with bleachers and lights for night games. If you are visiting on a Tuesday evening stop in at the Hawkeye Farmer’s market.  Vendors offer baked goods, preserves, and fresh, locally grown, seasonal produce at great values!


ACTIVE LIVING – Ashley Christensen

Could you go screen-free for one week? That’s the challenge being put forth by a group of Winneshiek County organizations looking to celebrate Screen-Free Week May 1-7.



Spring time means field trips for NE Iowa classrooms. One popular destination is Iowa’s Dairy Story at the Iowa Dairy Center, NICC, Calmar. At Iowa’s Dairy Story, students get nutrition, history, social studies, and science lessons while getting up close and personal with the farm residents.


FOOD SYSTEMS – Teresa Wiemerslage & Kayla Koether

The final version of the strategic plan for the NE Iowa Food System is now posted.


SCHOOL WELLNESS – FoodCorps and AmeriCorps Service members

“This is what we think of the AMAZING salad greens we received today from our talented Mr. Tim Hayes, Mr. Brad Johansen and student greenhouse crew! A whopping 50+ pounds for Decorah student lunches!”  Decorah Viking Galley



NAMED F2S CORE PARTNER  The ISU Extension Local Foods Team has been selected as the National Farm to School Network Iowa Core Partner! Congratulations on being recognized as a leader of farm to school and farm to early childcare education in our state!


IOWA LOCAL FOODS ANNUAL REPORT The ISU Extension Local Foods Team has released its annual report for 2016. It features profiles of NE Iowa Food and Fitness Initiative, the beginning farmer network and Iowa Food Hub.



Looking for a great way to eat healthier on the go? Add some smoothies to your diet. AnswerLine has some excellent suggestions.

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