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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Step It Up, Iowa!

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.

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2016 Business & Community Wellness Summit

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

Leadership for Community Health Improvement

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

Hungry? Food choices are often influenced by forces out of your control

By Christina Roberto, University of Pennsylvania and Mary Gorski, Harvard University


Following a healthy diet can be hard. From deciding when and what to eat to how much food you actually put on your plate, the average person makes over 200 food-related decisions each day, most of which are automatic. These automatic choices – dubbed “mindless eating” by some experts – happen when we eat and drink without consciously considering what kind of or how much food to consume. We’ll keep eating from a bowl of chips past the point of fullness simply because they’re in front of us.


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Obesity is Main Focus for Fayette Public Health

At least every five years, the Fayette County Board of Health leads a community-wide discussion with stakeholders and residents about the community’s health needs. After identifying needs in the community, the next step is to identify objectives and strategies to address those needs. This process is call the Community Health Needs Assessment & Health Improvement planning (CHNA& HIP). Through the Community Health Needs Assessment process, Fayette County Public Health identified the main areas of focus for this Health Improvement Plan: Childhood Obesity and Food & Nutrition.

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