Smoothies and Sketches

Cooking with young students has become one of the most delightful and hilarious experiences I regularly have. The kindergarten and first grade cooking club in particular has established a great balance between loving the rules and sneaking food scraps during prep. They are very skillful at sprinkling grated cheese into their mouths without touching their fingers to their lips. Continue reading

Youth Leaders Address the Issues of Poverty, Hunger and Food Insecurity

4-H Food and Fitness members gathered from 9 school districts around NE Iowa for the Regional Youth Leadership Team winter gathering on the Luther College campus this month. These youth and adults from area schools meet quarterly to learn about wellness issues in their communities, identify projects to help their school or community, and network by sharing experiences of their club projects and build ideas for future ones. Continue reading

Not a Crazy Food Scientist

Hi! My name is Tess Bergman and I am a new AmeriCorps service member. I’m so excited to be serving with the Northeast Iowa Food and Fitness Initiative in partnership with Central Community School District in Elkader, Iowa. This school year I will be a resource to the Central Community schools in their mission to provide a learning environment that incorporates good nutrition, regular physical activity, and promotes overall wellness! Continue reading