Annual Walk at Central Community Schools

This year marks the 2nd Annual Walk hosted by Central Community Schools!  The walk was well organized in partnership with the new school nurse at Central, Meghan Bergan.  All grades PreK-12 students and staff embarked on an adventure to Founder’s Park on Wednesday, October 4.  It was a beautifully sunny warm fall day and we were celebrating wellness by walking during the school day.  Elementary walked in the morning and Junior/High school walked in the afternoon.  The students returned to their classrooms with their brains ready to learn after activating them by walking and taking a short break outdoors. Continue reading

Local groups publish first-ever study of six-year obesity trends among school children

What’s the most effective way to reduce childhood obesity? That was the topic of research conducted by the Northeast Iowa Food and Fitness Initiative, Luther College and Mayo Clinic. The research examined the impact of the Northeast Iowa Food and Fitness Initiative on rates of increase in Body Mass Index in elementary school children families in Allamakee, Clayton, Chickasaw, Fayette, Howard and Winneshiek Counties over the course of six years. Continue reading

Farm to School Month Special Guest: Kohlrabi!

October is an exciting month in northeast Iowa! The leaves are changing color, the air is becoming crisp and harvest season is winding down for most farmers. As we enter autumn, we honor the summer of hard work by harvesting and sharing garden bounties with friends and family. Schools across the county have joined together to celebrate this time of plenty through Farm to School Month, a month dedicated to developing and applauding strong connections between schools and local foods. Continue reading