“It just helps me focus!”

I ate lunch with 4th graders at South Winneshiek this week and our conversation slowly moved away from what was being served for lunch and onto the physical activity currently being incorporated into their math curriculum. Mrs. Kuehner is making a conscious effort to ensure that math lessons on Wednesdays are an active learning opportunity. I have been working with her to creatively find ways to integrate movement and activity into math lessons with content areas ranging from divisibility to estimation. Continue reading

Food & Fitness on School Websites

I’ve been spending my holiday break catching up on some reading.  I subscribe to a number of blogs, newsletters and periodicals to keep abreast of current events.  Those articles tend to fit my lifestyle as I usually don’t often have large chucks of time to dedicate to anything longer than 50 pages.


I am also a regular stalker of school webpages–just to see what is new.  Schools have so much on their plate–I get really excited when I see a page dedicated to school wellness and Food & Fitness activities. Continue reading

Let Your Voice Be Heard!

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

School Food Heroes

“We couldn’t have done it without them!”

In anticipation of homegrown school lunch week four South Winneshiek high school students agreed to help food service director Laura Lectenberg prepare locally grown potatoes to be served at lunch.  Jordan, Payton, Darrik and Blaine arrived at school around 7:15am on Wednesday, October 17th and made their way to the kitchen for what they thought would be an hour or so of spud scrubbing.  However, the plan for the day changed when at 7:30am South Winn schools were placed on precautionary lockdown and students of all ages, pre-k thru high school were ushered into the high school building.   Continue reading

Regional Youth Gather for a FEEST

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

Eighteen School Wellness Teams Attend Food & Fitness Retreat

The Northeast Iowa Food and Fitness Initiative (FFI) hosted a School Wellness Retreat on March 21, 2012 at Luther College. Continue reading

FFI Spring Conference

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.
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