Northeast Iowa Food & Fitness Coalition
In April of 2007, the Northeast Iowa Food and Fitness Initiative received a grant of $500,000 from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation to help communities embrace active living and healthy eating.
The Northeast Iowa Food and Fitness Initiative, co-led by Northeast Iowa Resource Conservation and Development Inc. and Iowa State University Extension, is one of nine projects nationwide selected as pilot sites by Kellogg. Each will work for two years to create a community action plan to create community environments that support healthy children, youth, and families by making available and promoting the procurement and consumption of local healthy food and by creating space and structure for physical activity and play.
During the two-year planning process the Northeast Iowa Food and Fitness Initiative will have the opportunity to map out how to address issues such as increasing the availability of healthy local foods in school, restaurants and grocery stores, improving opportunities for residents to incorporate physical activity into their everyday lives, strengthening the publics understanding of the economic, health and environmental benefits of leading healthier lifestyles, and helping local, state and federal legislators understand how policy impacts health in rural America.
RSVP volunteers are serving on the team and attend monthly planning meetings. For more information on the Northeast Iowa Food and Fitness Initiative, click below. Be aware that by clicking on this site, it will take you away from the RSVP and Decorah Library web page.
To go to the Northeast Iowa Food & Fitness Initiative web site, click here.