Students at the Postville Summer Wellness Camp show off the homemade trail mix with dehydrated apples they made the previous day. After snack they played a rousing game of Garden Freeze Tag and explored the Postville School Garden.
FOOD SYSTEMS – Teresa Wiemerslage
Summaries of 11 recently completed research projects are available from the Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture at Iowa State University. One project was completed by the NE Iowa Food and Fitness Initiative (FFI) and ISU Extension and Outreach in partnership with local schools. It investigated the effectiveness of a cycle menu featuring Iowa-grown foods to increase local food purchases by schools. By the end of the project, local food purchases by four school districts increased 158 percent in two years.
EARLY CHILDHOOD – Haleisa Johnson
July is upon us! See what Brynne has been up to: School Gardens, Kindernature, Tot’s Program and Fun Food Fact of the Week.
ACTIVE LIVING – Ashley Christensen
The MFL MarMac School Board agreed at its monthly meeting on June 8 to contribute $20,000 of local option sales tax funds toward phase I of McGregor’s Turner Park: Fitness for All Ages project through a 28E agreement, which would allow the school to use the park for activities and practices.
YOUTH ENGAGEMENT – Laura Liechty
Getting to help with “Cook This” at the Summer Kids Club in Ossian this month was a lot of fun! We had 30+ kids learning about the MyPlate, playing games to match the foods to their proper groups, making tasty snacks like English Muffin Mini Pizzas and Hungry Caterpillar Fruit Kabobs, and lots of physical activity!
SCHOOL WELLNESS – FoodCorps and AmeriCorps Service members
Students in the Waukon summer program have found a creative outlet in their school garden. They painted raised beds with designs drawn by students. They turned pallets into bright signs for the garden. They put a walkway in the courtyard, and students were pleased to shovel rocks into wheelbarrows and dump them into the pathway. Check out the photos.
Support Oelwein’s school gardens with a simple click! Vote once a day, every day until July 6, and you could help the school district secure $15,000 in funding from Nature’s Path Gardens for Good program. We really appreciate the support!
The Summer Iowa Games offer sports for individuals and teams of all ages and abilities. Registration is still open for many many of the sports at the 2015 Summer Iowa Games powered by the Iowa Food & Family Project. The main weekends of the Games are July 11-12, July 16-19 and July 24-26 with other competitions being held from May-August. Be a part of the Iowa’s premier sports festival with 60 sports and 13,000 athletes. Find your sport today at www.iowagames.org.
Thanks to a new law, kids will have another winter activity option again. Starting July 1, Iowa cities will have liability protection against sledding accidents on municipal property. Earlier this year Gov. Branstad signed House file 570, which protects municipalities from claims of negligent design or construction of a public facility for recreational activities, such as sledding. Cities across the state closed down public sledding areas last winter after concerns of liability were raised.
TIP OF THE WEEK:
This week’s tip comes from FFI Intern Brynne. She has suggestions for colorful and healthy snacks for the July 4th weekend.