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
August means evaluation time, and the FFI Operations Team has been reviewing the past year and comparing the progress to our benchmarks (or indicators). Continue reading
Cici Mueller has been a volunteer for Allamakee County Extension and the NE Iowa region for over fifteen years through her work with the Master Gardener’s program, inspiring young minds to explore this craft by creating a 4-H garden club, mentoring middle school and high school youth through Postville’s Food and Fitness club focusing work on wellness initiatives and coordinating the regional FEEST teams, and being a judge at local county fairs for horticulture and 4-H food competition. Continue reading
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
Keep your ears open! The “Pick a Better Snack” message will be hitting the radio airwaves soon in northeast Iowa. Continue reading
Hey Everyone! My name is Rey Mucia, I am a new AmeriCorps service member at Postville Community Schools. I am truly excited to be a part of the Northeast Iowa Food & Fitness team again and to be able to serve my community and be able to promote a culture full of health and wellness. Continue reading
Sierra Gonzalez, has been the FEEST intern at Postville High School for two years. Among her requirements are providing information for a newspaper article, as well as, having six FEEST events throughout the school year. Gonzalez also had to complete and intern project. Continue reading
Some days, I leave school feeling so empowered and energized about all of the amazing progress we’re making towards creating a healthy, equitable, exciting school food environment for the kids and staff in Postville.
The USDA has released data for the Farm to School Census. This is the second year of the census, which looked at farm to school activities in school districts across the nation for the 2013-14 school year. Nationally, the dollars spent on local foods increased by over 100% from the previous census (2011-12). State specific data reports that 75% of the school districts in Iowa completed the survey. From those that participated in the survey, 29% participated in farm to school activities. Continue reading
I scream, you scream, we all scream for WALKING CLUB!
Walking Clubs, also known as Mileage Clubs, are simple and fun ways to incorporate more physical activity into a student’s day. Continue reading