REGIONAL FEEST - Smiles to our FFI 4-H youth who attended the Youth/Adult FEEST (Food Empowerment Education and Sustainability Team) last Friday. These youth members worked together to prepare a delicious, healthy meal while learning about the local food community. Members also led discussions with local community members and school board members. Watch the video.
ACTIVE LIVING – Ashley Christensen
Out and about…Postville, Central, North Fayette Valley, Riceville and Allamakee spring Safe Routes to School activity planning; Clayton County Wellness Fair with Bike Blender; Howard-Winneshiek and Central Walking School Bus route walk-throughs; Joined Decorah, Waterville and West Union Walking School Buses and West Central Fitness Club.
EARLY CHILDHOOD – Halesia Johnson
Spring is finally here and we need to get moving. A new study by researchers in the U.K. suggests a correlation between a mother’s physical activity and that of her young children. Even small increases can have profound impacts for moms and kids.
REGIONAL FOOD SYSTEMS – Teresa Wiemerslage
The Allamakee New Beginnings Board of Directors has announced that Nick Mabe has been promoted to Coordinator of the Iowa Food Hub. In his new role, he will be the primary contact for the food hub and will manage daily operations. He will continue to work with NE Iowa Food & Fitness and ISU Extension partners on research and market development projects. More.
SCHOOL WELLNESS – Ashley Turk, Food Corps
“If this were a TV show, it would be called the Walking School Bus. You know, like the Magic School Bus, but better.” ~Oelwein student. These are the happy musings of elementary school students that greeted the spring revival of the walking school bus in Oelwein; over fifty children walked to school during its return in April. Held monthly, the event is a fantastic opportunity for exercise before the school day.
No Bits Next Week.
We are taking a break for spring and to attend the National Farm to Cafeteria Conference in Austin, TX with a small army – 4 food service directors, a teacher, 2 FoodCorps members, 2 FFI staffers…. (We’re very excited!)