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

Local group rallying for creation of YMCA in Decorah

(From News Reports)


Although plans for building a local community center have never come to fruition, a group of Decorah residents wants to revisit the idea. Decorah resident Sara Wientzen recently made a presentation to the Decorah Parks and Recreation Board regarding the need for a community center that would serve the whole county. Continue reading

2015 State of Obesity Report

U.S. adult obesity rates decreased in four states (Minnesota, Montana, New York and Ohio), increased in two (Kansas and Kentucky) and remained stable in the rest, between 2014 and 2015, according to The State of Obesity: Better Policies for a Healthier America, a report from the Trust for America’s Health (TFAH) and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF). This marks the first time in the past decade that any states have experienced decreases – aside from a decline in Washington, D.C. in 2010. Continue reading

Trio looks to promote good health

To promote healthy eating and a healthy community, Kathy Babcock, Jolene Rosonke and Jordan Anderson have banded together to be advocates for a healthy lifestyle in Chickasaw County.


The committee began when a Northeast Iowa Food and Fitness grant was awarded to the three women to help them improve their community. Kathy Babcock, the Chickasaw County Public Health administrator, said some of the goals of the group are to promote healthy eating and exercise in the community as well as hope to work with the school to get them to commit to spend money on locally grown food to serve in school.

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