Youth Team Members Reflect on Food & Fitness Experience

It is hard to believe summer break is coming to a close and everyone will begin getting into school mode again. Growing up, I often loathed the thought of summer ending, but the annual trip to the store to purchase new school supplies somehow spurred up some anticipation for the new year. This year I am elated for school to start as it is my first year as the Regional Youth & Nutrition Coordinator. I am very excited to get started and looking forward to seeing all of our area youth in action! Continue reading

Pick a Better Snack Program Impacting Youth in Postville

“Pick a better snack” is a healthy initiative that the Iowa Nutrition Network markets in partnership with other key state organizations to encourage the consumption of more fruits and vegetables by choosing to eat healthier snacks. This marketing campaign is often displayed in grocery stores, school classrooms and cafeterias and in public health entities such as the Iowa Department of Public Health and the Iowa WIC program. It is grant funded by the USDA as part of the SNAP-ed program for nutrition outreach; it provides curriculum to introduce into school classrooms to teach children about the many varieties of fresh produce and encourages them to do “tastings” where they sample different fruits and vegetables, many they may have not tried before. Continue reading

My First Month of Fun with Food & Fitness

Today marks the end of my first month working with Food & Fitness and the Youth Engagement component. I have had the opportunity to help with a variety of events throughout the area and I have been impressed with the youth and their creativity, leadership and desire to learn. As it being county fair season, I have ventured to several of the fairs helping with the always popular Bike Blender which I have enjoyed seeing groups of people (of ALL ages) waiting to take their turn to pedal the bike to blend up the delicious smoothies. The big smiles on the little ones faces are always pleasing to see, but I realized this fun event where kids enjoy being physically active is also fun for their families to watch, even the elderly as they pass by stopping to watch in amazement. Everyone is impressed by the bike powered blender and the yummy samples! Continue reading