This week in Riceville and Waukon elementary schools I taught students about sugar. I started out with a presentation about how our bodies are engines and what we put in them determines how we feel and act. I had the students talk about what they had for breakfast and how they feel during the day before lunch and had them decide if their breakfast was healthy or not. Most students who ate a sugary breakfast, knew that it was unhealthy and admitted to feeling hungry during the morning. Then I had the students guess accurate portion sizes for all of the food groups and I showed pictures of what a serving of each actually looked like. The main part of the lesson, however, included talking about sugar and the effects it has on us. When I asked the students what sugar was to them the conversation went a little like this: Continue reading
The Food and Fitness team at Riceville sponsored a dodgeball tournament in February for the school where the students were able to have fun and be physically active during the school day. The students really enjoyed playing the game and just being able to participate in the event. Continue reading
The Riceville FFI team created the “Fruit and Veggie Referees” where the high schoolers from the youth team eat lunch with the elementary and middle school students and coach the students in eating healthy. The younger students really enjoy having the high school students eat with them and they are encouraged to eat their fruits and vegetables at lunch.
Through the winter, all three of my school districts have been developing school garden plans to initiate once warmer weather finally arrives. A few different approaches have been taken with each school. Continue reading
On Tuesday, Nov. 27, youth representatives and their coaches gathered again for the second of four Regional Youth Leadership Team meetings. Last month’s gathering engaged leaders in a local foods showcase that encouraged students to think about the food needs of their schools in the wake of the new federal lunch guidelines. In continuing to foster youth advocacy in our region, the November gathering focused on effective communications strategies. Continue reading
On Thursday, October 18, youth wellness champions and their adult coaches from sixteen area schools attended the first of four 2012-2013 Food & Fitness Regional Youth Leadership Team Meetings. The meeting was held at the West Union United Methodist Church. It was a day jam-packed with activities centered around school food. Continue reading
Last Tuesday, October 16, Mr. Green’s first hour class harvested radishes from the school garden to serve in the lunchroom that day. As part of Homegrown School Lunch week, we were able to enjoy these radishes planted and harvested by students from our very own garden. Riceville is currently in the process of forming a school garden club to plan a garden for next year that will help supply the lunchroom with more locally grown foods and also allow for education about nutrition.
The Northeast Iowa Food and Fitness Initiative (FFI) hosted a School Wellness Retreat on March 21, 2012 at Luther College. Continue reading
The Northeast Iowa Food and Fitness Initiative held its annual conference today at Luther College. The conference was an opportunity for Northeast Iowa K-12 schools to learn about the vast number of accumulating resources to help them accomplish their wellness goals. Food service directors, classroom teachers, parents, administrators, community members, P.E./health teachers, youth coaches and youth representatives from 19 different school districts attended mixer sessions, a keynote speaker, team-building sessions and enjoyed a locally produced low-budget lunch.