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

HSI Kick-off: Walk on Waukon

To the Editor:

 

Seven years ago the Iowa Healthiest State Initiative launched the “start somewhere” walk as an opportunity to engage Iowans to join us in making Iowa the healthiest state in the nation. Since 2011, hundreds of thousands of Iowans have walked on the first Wednesday of October and we’ve seen a growing increase in making Iowa communities more walkable. Communities are adopting complete street policies, hiring staff dedicated to incorporating walking, biking and transit in transportation plans and launching walking school buses so kids can walk or bike safely to school. Continue reading

Get Out and About in Our Neck of the Woods – Fayette County

Step into another world by stepping out just a few miles outside of West Union.  Echo Valley State Park is located just a few miles from West Union on Echo Valley Road. This beautiful treasure offers walking and hiking trails, camping, and trout fishing.  Limestone bluffs and outcroppings create wonderful backdrops and scenery.  There is a stone shelter house with a fireplace, a great local for family reunions, picnics, and sleep overs. 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