Weekly Bits – January 6, 2017

Over 80 people joined the Allamakee County Conservation Board and the Iowa DNR to start 2017 outside with a First Day Hike at Yellow River State Forest and Pikes Peak State Park. ACCB will be hosting a Fullmoon Snowshoe on January 12 at Yellow River State Forest. Contact the office at (563) 586-2996 for more details!


EARLY CHILDHOOD – Haleisa Johnson

What are the Healthiest Low Cost Eats for your Family?
According to the University of Washington’s recent research certain fruits and vegetables offer the biggest nutrient benefit for your budget. These produce items are full of vitamins and minerals we all need to be healthy and are relatively inexpensive – especially when in season. Apples, Bananas, Broccoli, Celery, Kiwi, Onions, Oranges, Potatoes, Spinach and Watermelon Next time you go shopping – take this list of produce and try to incorporate it into your family’s meals and snacks. It will help with your health and financial wellness.


ACTIVE LIVING – Ashley Christensen

FFI is teaming up with schools and area AmeriCorps members to host community service events in the spirit of MLK Jr. Day this January. In addition to a fun community service activity, some events will even include a community walk followed by sledding, which can count towards Winter Marathon miles.



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 last month. This gathering focused on Poverty, Hunger & Food Insecurity; a topic many weren’t very aware of. Students and staff participated in a State of Poverty Simulation and a Hunger Banquet. The object was to sensitize the participants to the realities faced by low-income families and then brainstorm ways the youth could help make a difference in their own communities.


The Allamakee and Winneshiek County 4-H Citizenship Clubs conducted a Food Drive for their Citizenship in Action Project to help local citizens in need. The clubs donated over 400 pounds of food to the Allamakee and Winneshiek food pantries!


FOOD SYSTEMS – Teresa Wiemerslage & Kayla Koether

NEW SURVEY  More than 167,000 U.S. farms locally produced and sold food through direct marketing practices, resulting in $8.7 billion in revenue in 2015, according to the results from the first Local Food Marketing Practices Survey released by the USDA. According to the report, Iowa has 4000 farms selling $194 million of food directly to consumers.


SCHOOL WELLNESS – FoodCorps and AmeriCorps Service members

If you give a kid a vegetable,
They might say, “I don’t like it” or “ew.”
They might make a face or scrunch up their nose
They may refuse to even try a small bite
If you give a child a fruit or vegetable….
They might just try it!
They may love it!
(Read more)



LIVE HEALTHY IOWA CHALLENGE  The 10 Week Wellness Challenge is a simple and affordable opportunity for Iowans to improve their health while engaging in a fun, friendly competition.  Over the course of 10 weeks, teams (2-10 people) track activity and/or weight loss through the Live Healthy Iowa website.  Each participant receives access to a personal dashboard to record progress, set and monitor goals, communicate with team members, and much more!


For just $20, participants receive a Challenge T-shirt, personal online dashboard, ability to sync with Fitbit devices, one-year magazine subscription, weekly motivational emails, $10 discount on LHI 5K registration, chances to win weekly prizes, and more! Challenge starts Jan. 24. For more information, visit www.livehealthyiowa.org



Did you make any New Year’s Resolutions? Check out some simple New Year’s Resolution ideas from one of our partners, Gundersen Palmer Community Health.

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