Iowa Early Childhood Team attend Pediatric Obesity Mini CollN Conference

The Iowa Pediatric Obesity Mini CollN State Team recently attended the Pediatric Obesity Nutrition mini Collaborative Improvement & Innovation Network (CoIIN) meeting June 13-14, 2017 at the Courtyard by Marriott Downtown, Minneapolis, Minnesota. State team members are Erin Olson, Community Health Consultant -Iowa Department of Public Health; Carol Voss, Nutrition CoordinatorIowa Department of Public Health; Kelly Hanson, Farm to Early Care & Education Program Specialist -Iowa Association for the Education of Young Children and Haleisa Johnson, Early Childhood Program Coordinator – Northeast Iowa Food and Fitness. Continue reading

Bike Rodeos Abound

Nearly 2000 students were educated on bike and pedestrian safety education this spring through Upper Explorerland Regional Planning Commission’s Bike Rodeo events held in conjunction with area schools. During the Bike Rodeos, students learned many important safety skills and then practiced their new skills on an obstacle course and mini-roadway. Helmets (just about 600!) were also handed out to any student needing one free of charge. Continue reading

4-H and Iowa State Researchers Partner to Enhance School Wellness

The Iowa 4-H Youth Development Program has partnered with an interdisciplinary research team of Iowa State University faculty and students to strengthen in-school wellness across the state. They’re working together on an evidence-based obesity prevention program called SWITCH — “School Wellness Integration Targeting Child Health.” Continue reading

For Iowa’s food hubs, networking leads to solutions

by Kayla Koether
Food Systems Specialist

 

More and more, locally grown food graces the grocery lists of Iowans looking to support their local economy and purchase fresh, source-verified products. While local food is becoming accessible in more venues, most consumers don’t realize that many small food businesses are working very hard behind the scenes (and doing so in partnership with non-profits and extension) to bring those products to the marketplace. Their goal: to support more farmers and make local food accessible to a wider range of consumers. Continue reading

When kids become the teachers

Food is a part of our daily lives.  We eat to live and some of us live to eat!  Food is a cause for celebration and often a part of a celebration.  Kaleidoscope Kids Child Care Center’s preschool programs offered through Hippity Hop Preschool and KKCC 3 Year Old Preschool, in partnership with the Fayette County Food and Fitness Initiative, recently hosted their first food celebration.  In partnership with Fayette County Food and Fitness Initiative and the Northeast Iowa Food Hub students and families were able to enjoy snacks made with  locally grown foods which the preschool students learned about throughout the year. Continue reading