Annual Walk at Central Community Schools

This year marks the 2nd Annual Walk hosted by Central Community Schools!  The walk was well organized in partnership with the new school nurse at Central, Meghan Bergan.  All grades PreK-12 students and staff embarked on an adventure to Founder’s Park on Wednesday, October 4.  It was a beautifully sunny warm fall day and we were celebrating wellness by walking during the school day.  Elementary walked in the morning and Junior/High school walked in the afternoon.  The students returned to their classrooms with their brains ready to learn after activating them by walking and taking a short break outdoors. Continue reading

Farm to School Month Special Guest: Kohlrabi!

October is an exciting month in northeast Iowa! The leaves are changing color, the air is becoming crisp and harvest season is winding down for most farmers. As we enter autumn, we honor the summer of hard work by harvesting and sharing garden bounties with friends and family. Schools across the county have joined together to celebrate this time of plenty through Farm to School Month, a month dedicated to developing and applauding strong connections between schools and local foods. Continue reading

Fresh from the Courtyard Garden – Tomato Salsa

Today was a special day in the Waukon Middle School cafeteria. Not only was it quesadilla day (Yum!), we also had a special guest – tomato salsa entirely sourced from the courtyard garden! Continue reading

Area Schools Purchase $64,000 in Local Food

Northeast Iowa schools purchased over $64,000 in food from local farms in the 2016-17 school year. Fourteen school districts contributed numbers to the survey which is conducted annually by Iowa State University Extension and Outreach on behalf of the Northeast Iowa Food and Fitness Initiative. Continue reading

New Garden at Carrie Lee School

A garden has been planted outside Carrie Lee Elementary School in Decorah.

 

The garden, which was planted this spring and is being maintained through the summer, is an extension of the science curriculum at the school and a source of fresh produce for the school lunch program. Carrie Lee students prepared, planted, watered and weeded the garden this spring and summer. Continue reading

HSI Kick-off: Walk on Waukon

To the Editor:

 

Seven years ago the Iowa Healthiest State Initiative launched the “start somewhere” walk as an opportunity to engage Iowans to join us in making Iowa the healthiest state in the nation. Since 2011, hundreds of thousands of Iowans have walked on the first Wednesday of October and we’ve seen a growing increase in making Iowa communities more walkable. Communities are adopting complete street policies, hiring staff dedicated to incorporating walking, biking and transit in transportation plans and launching walking school buses so kids can walk or bike safely to school. Continue reading