Great Give Day is the best time of year to give to the NE Iowa Food and Fitness Initiative (or any of your favorite non-profits)! Gifts on May 3 are eligible for matching prizes and other rewards for your charity. Hope we can count on all our partners that day!
FOOD SYSTEMS – Teresa Wiemerslage
In the spring months, my food system duties expand a bit to include additional responsibilities to teach youth about their roles in the food system. Laura Liechty coordinates the Iowa’s Dairy Story field trips for schools and is expecting over 850 kids at the Dairy Center in Calmar this spring. I usually get to lead the barn tours and teach the kids about ruminant nutrition.
Junior 4-H members are busy attending Food Safety and Quality Assurance (FSQA) training to learn more about their 4-H livestock projects and their role in producing safe food. This year, the members are learning about feed and keeping their animals healthy with biosecurity strategies.
EARLY CHILDHOOD – Haleisa Johnson
Study Finds Most British Children Have an “Indoor” Childhood – Three-quarters of British children spend less time playing outside than the recommended daily period of outdoor exercise for prisoners, according to survey of parents in a sample of 10 countries around the world, both developed and developing. Why? The answer may surprise you. It did me.
ACTIVE LIVING – Ashley Christensen
Fourth graders at MFL MarMac had a blast at their Bike Rodeo! They are now road-safe and ready for biking season. A BIG Thank you to Ashley and Troy from Safe Routes to School and the Clayton County Foundation of the Future for making this event possible!
YOUTH ENGAGEMENT – Laura Liechty
Students in Mr. Neal’s construction class installed pergolas at the Postville Swimming Pool. Speaking for the Parks, Pool and Recreation Board, Larry Klocke said, “We very much appreciated the work of the students and their teacher, Todd Neal. Funding was provided for the pergola shade project, and pool ladders, new bleachers and two outdoor message-information centers by the Allamakee County Community Foundation, the Clayton County Foundation for the Future, the Federal Land and Water Conservation Fund, the R J McElroy Trust Fund, local donations and the City of Postville.
SCHOOL WELLNESS – FoodCorps and AmeriCorps Service members
OELWEIN Second graders walked up to the high school and visited the greenhouse for their Food and Fitness lesson this month. They enjoyed four activities: sampling cherry tomatoes, planting tomato seeds, some exercise, and touring the greenhouse. It was fun!
CENTRAL Ideally, we teach our children to celebrate Earth Day every day, but Earth Day projects at Central are a great way to get the students outdoors and to help the community. Our Garden Committee decided to add a few raised beds to the school garden this year. We often have trouble growing plants along the basketball court, so we decided to experiment with a raised bed. We also put in a raised bed outside of the garden to be a pollinator garden.
FOOD JUSTICE LECTURE On Wednesday, May 4 at 7 pm in Valders 362 at Luther College, Sonia Kendrick of Feed Iowa First will present “Using Food Democracy to Rebuild Local Food Systems” about her work with food justice in the Cedar Rapids area. A Veteran of the War in Afghanistan, Sonia is the founder of Feed Iowa First, a nonprofit that partners with 22 businesses and churches throughout Cedar Rapids to grow fresh produce which is then distributed for free to food insecure residents of Linn County. Dedicated to confronting food insecurity today and tomorrow by growing food and farmers, Feed Iowa First raises wholesome, top-quality, fresh food and delivers it to those in need. An engaging speaker, Kendrick is sure to inspire and entertain.
YOUTH CURRICULA The ISU Extension Local Foods Team has released a new list of local foods-related curricula for youth. This list is chock full of curricula and lesson plans to help young people learn about the production, uses, and health connections of locally grown foods. “These resources serve to improve the health and civic responsibility of our next generations starting from a young age,” says Allie Lansman, the Youth Development Intern with the Local Foods Team who compiled the list. “Anyone working with a youth development group or in an educational setting are welcome to use this list and modify it to fit their setting and needs.”
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What’s keeping you from moving more? Words on Wellness says doing so is crucial to stay healthy and avoid risk of cancer.