Healthy Schools – Healthy Students Project, is an initiative of the Iowa Department of Education’s Team Nutrition Program that aims to empower elementary students through school-based nutrition education, healthy school environments, promotion of school meals, and engagement of school staff, parents, and the community. Continue reading
(Above) Thanks to a donation from the Bill Weigel Memorial, St. Joseph’s school purchased stationary bikes for their library. The students will be able visit the library, checkout a book and read while working out. They also purchased multiple exercise peddlers that the students can use in their classrooms while sitting at their desks. Continue reading
FFI 4-H members Macie Weigand from MFL MarMac (left) and Kaci Rausch from Turkey Valley recently attended the National 4-H Healthy Living Summit in Washington, DC. Behind them is a a futuristic newspaper heading declaring that “All communities in NE Iowa are food secure!” Continue reading
A home garden provides fresh produce that family, friends and neighbors can enjoy throughout the growing season. Inevitably, there will be excess produce harvested, providing an easy way to make an impact on a community. Continue reading
As demand for locally grown foods continues to rise, more Iowans are taking a look at the factors that affect the creation of expansion of local food systems in their communities. As the name implies, a local food system encompasses many factors, including producers, markets, nutritional education, institutional buyers such as schools and hospitals, built infrastructure, processing, and much more. Continue reading
Research has shown that children who play outdoors regularly are happier, healthier, and stronger.
If you have any children in your life I recommend you take time to read this book – this is a must read book and it good for adults as well. Continue reading
There is no way around the fact that cooking with children can be a little messy. Crumbs and spills aside, cooking with children is a great way to spend quality time and teach important skills like measuring, counting, fractions and following directions. Not to mention the fact that children will be more likely to taste something they helped to make. Below is a recipe roundup of dishes that are fun to make and eat with kids. Continue reading