Youth Leaders Address the Issues of Poverty, Hunger and Food Insecurity

4-H Food and Fitness members gathered from 9 school districts around NE Iowa for the Regional Youth Leadership Team winter gathering on the Luther College campus this month. These youth and adults from area schools meet quarterly to learn about wellness issues in their communities, identify projects to help their school or community, and network by sharing experiences of their club projects and build ideas for future ones. Continue reading

Choosing to Stay

One of the challenges of investing in youth living in a rural area is that youth often move away, commonly called the “Brain Drain.” This drain contributes to an overall decline in population, a decrease in the number of families raising children in rural places (thus contributing to declining school enrollments), and a decrease in the number of new young farmers ready to take over operations from the older generation. It also means that efforts to invest in youth may benefit the cities they move to rather than the small towns they come from.

 

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Students Put a Fun Spin on Menu Names!

Sumner-Fredricksburg is working with the University of Iowa (UI) as part of a Team Nutrition grant to implement Smarter Lunchroom changes.  A team of students have been meeting with UI and their food service director, Nancy Wegner to complete the Smarter Lunchroom Scorecard and develop an action plan to implement “smarter” changes. Continue reading