FFI Bits – January 26

ACTIVE LIVING – Ashley Christensen & April Bril

IOWA WALKING COLLEGE  The Healthiest State Initiative and Active Living Iowa is accepting applications for the second Iowa Walking College. The Iowa Walking College is an interactive educational program created to increase the number of walking advocates in local communities across the state. Applications are due March 1.

OPEN GYM  In need of a space for you and your little ones to run off some energy this winter? Join us January 26 and February 2, 9, 16 and 23 from 10:30-11:30 a.m. for some open gym fun inside Luther’s North Gym! There is no admission fee, and balls, scooters, etc. will be provided. A Parent or guardian MUST stay to supervise their child(ren).

FOOD SYSTEMS – Teresa Wiemerslage & Kayla Koether

With multiple partners, multiple funders, and a ready-made audience, the stars aligned to bring the Food Hub Financial Management Boot Camp to Iowa, where it was a timely intervention and unanimous success.

Brennan Chapman has joined the Iowa Food Hub as the Sales and Warehouse Manager. Brennan has a background in business marketing and sales. “I am very excited to begin connecting local producers with local consumers,” said Brennan. “I’m looking forward to developing new markets for Iowa producers.”

EARLY CHILDHOOD – Haleisa Johnson

Vicki Starks has joined FFI as the Fayette County Early Childcare Education Associate. “I look forward to meeting the children, parents and caregivers, teachers and staff, and daycare providers.  I will be sharing the bounties of Fayette county as I explore locally sourced foods with children in the early learning setting.  I am excited to share the experience of the delicious and healthy foods available to us locally!”


The Oelwein Farm to School Cross Age Teachers visited the 2nd grade classroom and did a lesson on milk. After learning about dairy foods and their nutrition, the students became ‘milk detectives’ during a blind taste-test of whole, skim and local cream-line milk.

SCHOOL WELLNESS – FoodCorps and AmeriCorps Service members

SEEKING INPUT  For the last few years, MFL MarMac had a resource contact through the Northeast Iowa Food and Fitness Initiative who helped implement some of those goals. However, when funding sources for the program changed, the district opted not to participate this school year. As a result, the wellness committee has taken on a different role. Right now, they’re working on updating the district’s wellness policy. More.

WAUKON  Beautiful yogurt parfaits, made with love by West Elementary Kindergartners to celebrate the Harvest of the Month – milk!  More.


NEW RINK  For the first time in over a decade, local families can enjoy ice skating on the Marquette bench. Just before the new year, the city’s public works employees created the ice rink on the basketball court at the city park.

VOLUNTEER RECOGNITION  The West Union Chamber of Commerce recently announced its 2018 Community Award winners within the areas of education, community service, youth, historical preservation, health and religion. Chris Ebbers, winner of the health award, is a pastor at United Methodist Church in West Union and a regular West Union Walking School Bus (WSB) volunteer.

SRTS FUNDING  The Iowa Transportation Commission recently approved $756,084 in total funding for three statewide Iowa’s Transportation Alternatives program projects. One of the projects is the Iowa Safe Routes to School Partnership for $196,574. More.


Beat the Blues Winter Marathon is happening NOW…..Keep track of your outdoor activity from Jan. 7 to March 3 for your chance to win a fun raffle prize! Anyone in the NE Iowa region is encouraged to participate!  You can do it as an individual or as a family!

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