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FOOD SYSTEMS – Teresa Wiemerslage & Kayla Koether
A new pilot project is bringing more fresh, local veggies and fruit to northeast Iowa preschoolers while supporting local farmers in the region. Three preschool sites participating in the Fresh Local Snack pilot project are NICC Child Development Center in Calmar, Rainbowland Preschool and Daycare in Fayette, and Waukon West Preschool and Waukon Headstart.
From August 21 to December 4, the Iowa Food Hub will deliver a fresh, local snack once a week to the sites. Teachers will serve the snacks and report on what fresh fruit and veggie items work best in the classroom. Students will taste foods like cucumbers, summer squash, kohlrabi, peppers, broccoli, carrots and more. A full schedule is posted here.
|Turkey River Farm hosted an awesome Cochinita pibil pit pig roast! Check out the blog and video to learn how it was done- and don’t miss their harvest party if you want to eat some Cochinita pibil this weekend!|
EARLY CHILDHOOD – Haleisa Johnson
A new case study compared the qualities of young children’s language in three different learning environments: an indoor classroom, an outdoor classroom, and a natural environment. The findings show that children used richer language in the natural environment than in the other two environments.
ACTIVE LIVING – Ashley Christensen & April Bril
You’re input is needed! A needs assessment is being conducted as part of the Transportation Plan for the region, which will help provide guidance for future transportation planning. Please take 5 minutes to complete the survey by Friday, Sept. 29.
Healthy Living Opportunity for National 4-H Week, October 1-7
Live Healthy Iowa Kids is partnering with the Healthiest State Initiative to support healthy and active students by encouraging Iowa schools and youth organizations to ‘Walk More. Connect More’, as part of the annual Healthiest State Walk on Oct. 4. Live Healthy Iowa Kids will be awarding 10 – $100 mini-grants to help support walk events on Oct. 4. The funding opportunity is open to Iowa schools and youth organizations who have registered for the walk. Applications must be received by September 22, at 5:00 pm. For example, Fayette County 4-H and friends are hosting a walk in Fayette.
SCHOOL WELLNESS – FoodCorps and AmeriCorps Service members
The Waukon Middle School was treated to tomato salsa entirely sourced from the courtyard garden!
MIDWEST MENU, OCT 5 The Midwest Menu is an opportunity for school districts across the region to highlight their healthy, local, and sustainable sourcing on the first Thursday of October. Participating districts will serve a variation on the following regional menu: whole muscle chicken, apples, a vegetable side dish, and a whole grain item. Visit the Midwest Menu website to learn more, register, and find helpful resources like school food service recipes and resources to help you purchase local proteins for schools.
FOLLOW THE ARROWS Over 110 people participated in the “Get Your Walk On in Waukon” annual family fun walk and 5K on August 19. The event was sponsored in part by the Healthiest State Initiative who strongly encourages everyone to walk at least 30 minutes per day. Veterans Memorial Hospital would like to invite the public to continue to enjoy the routes anytime. Maps of the 1.5 mile and 5K routes are available at the min entrance of the hospital. In addition, orange painted arrows on the streets outline both courses.
FARM TO SCHOOL BILL members of Congress took the first step toward a major win for local economies, farm families and the health of our nation’s children by introducing the bipartisan Farm to School Act of 2017. Learn more about the legislation and how you can support it.
TIP OF THE WEEK
Does your school have a water bottle filling station? If not, check out this grant through Delta Dental. Please pass on! Deadline is September 22.