Weekly Bits – May 19

The traffic at this busy intersection serves as a reminder of why Walking School Buses are important in communities.


FOOD SYSTEMS – Teresa Wiemerslage & Kayla Koether

Winneshiek County Development’s Biz Booster Challenge and Ag-Mini Grant programs were a great success this year awarding small businesses approximately $17,000 in grant funds. A variety of projects were supported by the programs including a wood-fire pizza establishment at a local farm, the purchase of over 60 pear trees for a new local brewery and additional Pilates equipment for an established Pilates studio. It is fun seeing all these ‘food‘ and ‘fitness‘ businesses emerging!


EARLY CHILDHOOD – Haleisa Johnson

There are some amazing benefits when cooking and eating together as a family. It is something NE Iowa Food and Fitness Early Childhood encourages through our Family Cooking activities. More.


ACTIVE LIVING – Ashley Christensen

Does your child like to “veg out” after school?  Does he or she want to join a Walking School Bus but mornings don’t work for you family’s schedule?  Do you or your child want to develop friendships AND a love for active living at the same time? If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, then a Walking Club might be a perfect fit for your family!  A Walking Club is a group of students and adult volunteers that meet after school for a group walk, followed by free play at a park or other green space. Learn more.



The Cook This! Challenge was held Saturday in Postville with 15 Junior and Intermediate 4-H teams registered. Each group of 3 participated in 3 rounds of competition: trivia, communications and of course, cooking!




PLANS FOR A FITNESS CENTER IN CALMAR  The NICC Board of Trustees has approved the sale of 1.3 acres of land at its Calmar campus to build a fitness center on the property. The company plans to build a 4,800 square foot fitness center for the community and students. The first floor of the building will house fitness machines and equipment that will accommodate 50 to 80 people in the gym area. The second floor will house four apartments with a total of nine bedrooms.


OELWEIN WORLD CAFE  More than 80 Oelwein residents contributed bright ideas for healthy living to the World Café held March 9 and the Oelwein Community Plaza. The group would be starting some walking clubs. The second plan is to host a “Fun Day” on Friday, June 2, the day before the Oelwein Celebration on June 3. This day will feature all kinds of health living activities taken from the many other ideas discussed at the World Café.



According to Feeding America, the number one item requested by pantry clients in Iowa that is not available to them is fresh produce. Donations from home gardeners and commercial fruit and vegetable growers are important to food pantries. It is a fairly easy and very worthwhile process. Learn how.

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