Northeast Iowa Food and Fitness Initiative

A growing number of people in Allamakee, Chickasaw, Clayton, Fayette, Howard and Winneshiek counties are working together to create vibrant communities where the healthy choice is the easy choice. The healthy choice means that every day all people in NE Iowa have access to healthy, locally grown foods and abundant opportunities for physical activity and play. Food and fitness is important because no matter where we are, the places where we live, learn, work and play affect our health and quality of life.

FFI is collaboration of four CORE Partners that each play a specific role in making the healthy choice the easy choice:

  • Iowa State University Extension & Outreach (Food Systems)
  • Luther College (School Outreach)
  • Northeast Iowa Community College (Early Childhood Outreach)
  • Upper Explorerland Regional Planning Commission (Active Living)

FFI is one of nine projects across the country working to transform our food and fitness systems through the efforts of the W.K. Kellogg Foundation Food & Community program. The mission of the WK Kellogg Foundation Food and Community program is to work "with national, regional, and local partners to transform school food systems, improve community access to good food and physical activity, and shape the national movement for healthy eating and active living." The foundation's Food and Community program initiates positive changes in community health through investments in community-driven policy and system change projects.

Kids showing radishes in North Fayette.