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

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

Rainbowland’s Annual Food Celebration

Miss Jesse Waller and the kiddos at Rainbowland worked hard to create a wonderful event for their parents and families.  Miss Jesse’s class spends time learning, experimenting, and trying recipes and activities in conjunction with the Farm to Early Education curriculum.  Farm to Early Education offer guidance and resources for teachers to help their young students learn about locally grown foods.   This year’s food model included foods such a poultry and eggs, cucumbers, asparagus, and potatoes as well as a few other local treasures.  With Miss Jesse’s guidance students reviewed the recipes they tried throughout the year and chose their favorites to prepare and share at their celebration.  Offerings included pumpkin cookies, peanut butter yogurt dip, cucumber water with cucumber slices, pumpkin graham cracker frozen treats, and energy bites made with oats. Continue reading

Featured Donor: Robert and Ruth Walker Charitable Foundation

Northeast Iowa Food and Fitness continues to work to increase awareness of local produce and healthy food choices in Fayette County.  In Fayette County, the Food and Fitness Initiative has been working with preschools and daycare centers to utilize the Farm to Early Education Curriculum and its programming resources as a means to increase children’s exposure to foods which are grown in Northeast Iowa.  Many preschools in Fayette County have been using the Farm to Early Education Curriculum with their students, but with the generosity of a grant through the Walker Foundation the Fayette County Food and Fitness Initiative was able to expand their outreach to more preschools and daycare centers in Fayette County beginning in October of 2016. Continue reading

Building a Farm-to-Early Care and Education Community of Practice


NE Iowa Food and Fitness Early Childhood and Iowa Association of Education of Young Children recently attended the Farm-to-Early Care and Education Community of Practice National Meeting at the Kaiser Permanente Center for Total Health in Washington D.C. the end of March. The meeting was sponsored by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation and The Policy Equity Group. Continue reading