2017 America’s Health Rankings Report

America’s Health Rankings, published annually for the last 28 years, tracks progress the states and nation have been making on key measures covering behaviors, community and environment, policy, clinical care, and outcomes data. The 2017 report, just published, benchmarks Iowa with other states and the nation. The publication is especially helpful to organizations and advisory groups that contribute to Healthy Iowans 2017-2021: Iowa’s Health Improvement Plan along with many others committed to improving health outcomes for all Iowans. Continue reading

Harnessing the Harvest

It is harvest season here at Allamakee and boy do we have a bounty! In clearing the garden beds for a winter planting, we harvested beautiful beets and krafty kohlrabi to be used by the Waukon Middle School Cooking Club. We also pulled a few surprise carrots from the beds! Continue reading

Curly Green Things

As a child I helped my grandmother in the garden but I never took it upon myself to plant something on my own – That was, until I had to. October of 2016 is a time that I will always remember. It was the first time in my life that I independently planted a food crop. After watching several YouTube videos and speaking with more experienced gardeners, I decided to give it a try. Continue reading

I Don’t Like That!

Guest post by Jody Gatewood, ISU Extension, Registered Dietician


‘I don’t like that’ is heard more often than I’d like in my kitchen! Often my children tell me they don’t like what I’ve made for supper, even before they’ve tried it. It’s normal for young children to prefer foods they are familiar with and to have periods of time where they may only want to eat 1 or 2 different foods. However, there are ways you can help your child try new foods. Continue reading