ACTIVE LIVING – Ashley Christensen
Over 6,000 Northeast Iowa students joined others across the state, country and even the world in celebrating the benefits of walking to school on International Walk to School Day. Read about Walk to School Day at St. Joes and Decorah.
YOUTH ENGAGEMENT – Laura Liechty
Twenty-five middle school and high school youth gathered for the first Regional Youth Leadership Team (RYLT) meeting of the year this week. The day consisted of learning about food concerns in our society, strategizing with their team to assess the health of their communities and begun brainstorming what changes they want to influence as a Food & Fitness Team in their schools.
EARLY CHILDHOOD – Halesia Johnson
October 24th is FOOD DAY! Celebrate healthy, delicious food and the people who grow, harvest, and serve it.
REGIONAL FOOD SYSTEMS – Teresa Wiemerslage
Teresa spent Tuesday in Story City with other local food coordinators from across the state at the Regional Food System Working Group meeting. A new publication from the Leopold Center talks about Local Food Coordinators and the important role they play in food system development. We are fortunate to have several people fulfilling these roles in NE Iowa.
Nick Mabe (Iowa Food Hub Coordinator) and Teresa spent Thursday afternoon with other food hub managers talking strategies for collaboration — how can food hubs work together to increase access of local, healthy food across the state? Good things to come!
The October edition of the NE Iowa Food and Farm Coalition and newsletter is full of info and events.
Unionland Feed and Supply and Unionland Market are hosting their Grand Opening on Oct 31 and Nov 1 in West Union.
SCHOOL WELLNESS – Luther College, FoodCorps, AmeriCorps
It has been fun to see how food and fitness activities fit seamlessly into homecoming traditions. The student body at MFL MarMac participated in Walk to School Day while donning tutus and ties as part of homecoming week (photo above). At North Fayette Valley, the high school students celebrate part of their homecoming week by doing an assortment of service projects. This year they tackled fall cleanup at the Valley school garden — much to the relief of RC Paige.
Student spends summer growing a garden for the food pantry
Hailing from Des Moines, IA, Luther College senior Jamison Ash has spent a significant amount of time volunteering at local food shelters at home. He quickly noticed that most of the food served wasn’t very healthy and none of it was fresh. Armed with a grant from the Decorah Rotary Club, plants from Decorah Greenhouses, and seeds and advice from The Pepperfield Project’s David Cavagnaro, Jamison obtained a 20×20 plot from the Luther Community Gardens and got to work. By the end of the summer, Jamison had grown and donated roughly 70 pounds of potatoes, 300 pounds of tomatoes, and eleven laundry baskets full of summer squash, cucumbers, and beans to the food pantries at Decorah Lutheran Church and First Lutheran Church.
TIP OF THE WEEK: Smoothies can be a great way to get more fruit into your day. Restaurant smoothies can be oversized and expensive at $3 to $4 each. You can make smoothies at home that taste great and cost about $1 per smoothie. The Spend Smart Eat Smart blog talks about how you can make a large batch of smoothies one night a week and freeze them for those busy mornings.