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.

The Food and Fitness Initiative consistently works to meet four main goals:

  1. Establish school district policies and practices that support healthy living of children, families and community members.
  2. Ensure that caregivers and parents of children from birth to age five provide health-promoting food and active play.
  3. Ensure that local, health-promoting food is available and affordable in all communities, neighborhoods and institutions.
  4. Ensure that people use the natural and built environment for physical activity, play and active transportation.

The 2014 Annual Report lays out the projects and proposals that were enacted to help the organization and the schools involved meet these goals.

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)
Kids showing radishes in North Fayette.