Weekly Bits – Sept 21

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ACTIVE LIVING – Ashley Christensen & April Bril

(Above) The Biking Club beat the rain and welcomed back Amber Seitz! As an FFI AmeriCorps member Amber and Katrina Allen Brickley (parent volunteer) were key in starting the Biking School Bus several years ago. Amber saw our biking post from last Wednesday and instantly contacted April about volunteering again! The physical benefits from biking and walking are great, but the social and emotional benefits are just a important…thanks for reconnecting with us Amber!

Lace up your walking shoes, Iowans! Registration for the Healthiest State Annual Walk, presented by Delta Dental of Iowa, is now open. Schools, worksites and communities are invited to go for a 30-minute walk on October 3. Click here for more walk information and to register a walk.

October 3 is also National Walk to School Day. Register.

SCHOOL WELLNESS – FoodCorps and AmeriCorps Service members

Join us in welcoming the FoodCorps Iowa and AmeriCorps service members for this year!


Emma Dubay is the FoodCorps Service Member in Oelwein. She is riginally from a small town in Vermont, and graduated with a degree in social work from St Olaf College in Northfield, MN.


Harleigh Boldridge is the new AmeriCorps member for Allamakee schools. She grew up in a small town in Northeast Kansas where her family has lived for a few generations and have been farming throughout the area and the Missouri River valley for over 100 years!


Claire Anderson is back for a second year as the Foodcorps member at Postville community schools. She is originally from Chagrin Falls, Ohio and received her bachelor’s degrees in Graphic Design and Cultural Anthropology from Miami University of Ohio.

Third-grade students helped Claire plant kale seedlings in the Postville school garden in May and by late August, the kale was plentiful for a taste-test in the cafeteria.

FOOD SYSTEMS – Teresa Wiemerslage & Kayla Koether

Exploring new methods of food preparation is quickly becoming a tradition for farmers involved in the Northeast Iowa Food and Farm Network. Last year, farmers created a workshop to learn how to pit roast pork; this year, the group learned how to spit roast a lamb in the Patagonian style of Asado al Palo.

EARLY CHILDHOOD – Haleisa Johnson

Fayette County preschoolers have been having a lot of fun exploring the varieties and colors of fresh produce that is available at our local fall Farmers’ Markets. Remember to “Eat the colors of the rainbow!”


Schools can help make the healthy choice the easy choice for students by incorporating 5-2-1-0 habits into their wellness policy. 

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