Early Childhood Outreach
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. Our children's health is directly linked to the type and the quality of food they eat and to the environments in which they grow and play. We want to ensure that caregivers (family and others) of children from birth to age five provide health-promoting food and active play.
Kids who eat healthy food and get regular exercise:
- Tend to have better academic achievement
- Demonstrate improved classroom behavior
- Are absent or tardy less often
- Are ready to learn
NE Iowa Food and Fitness is partnering with Northeast Iowa Community College to focus on the integration of healthy local food and active play into curricula and their childcare development center. We are also working to form relationships with organizations and programs across the region that serve vulnerable children from birth to age five, and their parents.
- FFI Farm to Preschool Curriculum NEW!
- FFI Early Childhood Factsheet (Spanish)
- Early Childhood in NE Iowa
- Be a Healthy Role Model (Spanish)
- First Foods and Early Foods (Spanish)
- FFI School Garden Guide
- Eat and Play the 5-2-1-0 Way Poster