Local groups publish first-ever study of six-year obesity trends among school children

What’s the most effective way to reduce childhood obesity? That was the topic of research conducted by the Northeast Iowa Food and Fitness Initiative, Luther College and Mayo Clinic. The research examined the impact of the Northeast Iowa Food and Fitness Initiative on rates of increase in Body Mass Index in elementary school children families in Allamakee, Clayton, Chickasaw, Fayette, Howard and Winneshiek Counties over the course of six years. Continue reading

Farm to School Month Special Guest: Kohlrabi!

October is an exciting month in northeast Iowa! The leaves are changing color, the air is becoming crisp and harvest season is winding down for most farmers. As we enter autumn, we honor the summer of hard work by harvesting and sharing garden bounties with friends and family. Schools across the county have joined together to celebrate this time of plenty through Farm to School Month, a month dedicated to developing and applauding strong connections between schools and local foods. Continue reading

Area Schools Purchase $64,000 in Local Food

Northeast Iowa schools purchased over $64,000 in food from local farms in the 2016-17 school year. Fourteen school districts contributed numbers to the survey which is conducted annually by Iowa State University Extension and Outreach on behalf of the Northeast Iowa Food and Fitness Initiative. Continue reading

New Garden at Carrie Lee School

A garden has been planted outside Carrie Lee Elementary School in Decorah.

 

The garden, which was planted this spring and is being maintained through the summer, is an extension of the science curriculum at the school and a source of fresh produce for the school lunch program. Carrie Lee students prepared, planted, watered and weeded the garden this spring and summer. Continue reading

4-H and Iowa State Researchers Partner to Enhance School Wellness

The Iowa 4-H Youth Development Program has partnered with an interdisciplinary research team of Iowa State University faculty and students to strengthen in-school wellness across the state. They’re working together on an evidence-based obesity prevention program called SWITCH — “School Wellness Integration Targeting Child Health.” Continue reading