EARLY CHILDHOOD – Haleisa Johnson
“If Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled peppers, where’s the peck of pickled peppers Peter Piper picked?“ The peppers were at northeast Iowa preschools. Peppers were the Farm to Preschool featured food last month (above).
FOOD SYSTEMS – Teresa Wiemerslage
Eating more fruits and veggies is a piece of cake with a few tips and tricks. The Spend Smart Eat Smart blog from ISU Extension has new tip sheets to help you store, clean and prepare your favorite fruits and vegetables. How much produce can you buy for $8.00 or $10.00? Click here for bundle ideas. Remember, fruit and vegetable prices vary with the season. Buy produce when it is in season for the best flavor and lowest price.
ACTIVE LIVING – Ashley Christensen
Safari Season is just about to begin in Northeast Iowa! Starting Memorial Day weekend, families and individuals will be able to participate in these fun county-wide adventure hunts of natural, historical, cultural and educational treasures!
Driftless Safari (Winneshiek)
Turkey River Safari (Clayton and Fayette)
Allamakee Driftless Safari
SAFARI into the Land of the Headwaters (Howard)
YOUTH ENGAGEMENT – Laura Liechty
As her year as a FFI FEEST intern comes to a close, Sierra Gonzalez was quick to encourage others to become active in FEEST. She said, “I was asked to join by Molly (Brackett) and I have learned so much about cooking techniques and unique foods. It has really boosted my self esteem, too. I recommend the program for these reasons and many others.” As an intern, Sierra was responsible for recruiting particicpants and organizing the events. Each meal included a main dish, vegetable and a fruit. Along with learning creative cooking, knife skills and sanitation are also a big part of the program.
SCHOOL WELLNESS – FoodCorps and AmeriCorps Service members
The School Wellness Action Plan is a tool, to help your district determine the short-term goals for the upcoming year in order to achieve your long-term vision of school wellness. If you don’t have a long term vision, START here….What does a “healthy school” look like? Have access to? Feel like? How do you market it to parents/community? How does it impact students? staff? families? the greater community?
Whether you are hiring a full time wellness coordinator, part-time coordinator, or utilizing a AmeriCorps/FoodCorps member, the action plan is the direction, plan of work, and achievable benchmarks for the 2015/16 school year. It helps determine school priorities. The more you make your goals measurable, concrete and realistic, the more success you will see within your school. Contact your Resource Contact or FFI staff member for assistance and ideas.
Help Wanted. Luther College is currently accepting applications for AmeriCorps service members for the 2015/16 school year. Where will your year of service be?
Ann Mansfield, project coordinator for NE Iowa Food & Fitness Initiative, has been awarded a Walking College Fellowship from America Walks, a national advocacy organization that promotes walking and walkable communities. The Fellowship will enable Ann and 24 other advocates from around the country to participate in a five-month training program designed to strengthen local efforts to make communities more walkable and livable.
Oelwein elementary guidance counselor Barb Schmitz received the Champions Award at the recent Iowa After-School Conference. This award recognizes individuals who have been advocates for out-of-school time. The award winners were chosen through a nomination process that was available statewide and open to everyone. Nominations were then reviewed by advocates and stakeholders. Schmitz is a member of the FFI Leadership Council.
TIP OF THE WEEK:
You don’t have to hit the gym to get physical exercise! Guess how many calories gardening burns? Check out the answer in this eXtension.org article.