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
More than 80 Oelwein residents bright ideas for healthy living to the Work Café held March 9 and the Oelwein Community Plaza. Continue reading
Spring has always been one of my favorite seasons. Everything smells fresh and new and it is finally warm enough to get outside for some nice, long walks. I do cooking clubs once a month, but I was itching to do something to get the kids outside and moving. At New Hampton Middle School, I started a walking club for 6th grade students, and at St. Joe’s for 3rd-4th graders. Each club will go for six weeks, meeting once a week. I will be keeping track of how many miles we walk as a club, and at the end of six weeks, we will have a party to celebrate our success! Continue reading
With the nice weather and school coming to an end in May, kids have definitely started to get spring fever. Many teachers are noticing their students are having trouble focusing during the day. This month, I wanted to do an activity with the kids that would help them re-focus their thoughts. I found a story online that incorporated Star Wars and Yoga. As a fan of the movies, I was excited to try this with the kids. Continue reading
Jes Wegner, Community Health Nurse for Gundersen Palmer Community Health and West Union Walking School Bus champion, was recently honored by the West Union community during West Union’s annual Community Awards Banquet. Continue reading
Move over Batman, here comes the WSB!
This week brought some excitement for the Walking School Bus (WSB) program in Decorah as a very special guest tagged along on the walk to school. Continue reading
Upper Explorerland’s Safe Routes to School (SRTS) Program is piloting community active living programs in Decorah this school year. “Community Walks” debuted in October 2016 as part of the Healthiest State Initiative’s Annual Walk and continue monthly. Continue reading