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
(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
Service learning provides children with the opportunity to feel more connected to their school and community and enhance their concern for others. Here are some family-friendly volunteering ideas: Continue reading
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
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.
Nutritious free meals are available for children and teens 18 and younger at many locations throughout the nation throughout the summer while school is out of session. Some of the northeast Iowa sites are listed below, or click this map for more information.
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On Tuesday, May 10, Northeast Iowa hosted the W.K. Kellogg Foundation Food & Fitness Capstone Conference, an event made possible by a corporate gift form the W.K. Kellogg Foundation and hosted by Luther College and the Northeast Iowa Food and Fitness Initiative. Continue reading
The Surgeon General of the United Sates has made a call to action to promote walking and walkable communities. Iowa’s Healthiest State Initiative recognizes that there is a multitude of benefits tied to walking that enhances physical, social and emotional health. Walking is the one activity that touches all aspects of our mission and follows on the heels of the U.S. Surgeon General’s call to action.
Winneshiek County Development, Inc. is proudly partnering with Gundersen Health Systems, Winneshiek County Medical Center, 7 Rivers Alliance, Northeast Iowa Business Network and Decorah Area Chamber of Commerce, to launch the 2016 Business and Community Wellness Summit that will be held at Luther College on June 9 from 9:00 am until 3:00pm. This event is designed for business and community leaders that are seeking to improve the overall quality of life for their employees and communities. Continue reading
Luther College Center for Sustainable Communities, in partnership with the Northeast Iowa Food and Fitness Initiative (FFI), announced today plans to host community leaders from throughout the Midwest with an interactive three-day workshop, “Leadership for Community Health Improvement.” The goal of the program is to share best practices in community health innovation to bring about improvement initiatives to improve the health and wellness of local communities. The workshop is scheduled for June 15 – 17, 2016 in Decorah, Iowa. Continue reading