The Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) recognized wo individuals for excellence in physical activity and nutrition as part of the Iowa Governor’s Conference on Public Health April 9 and 10 in Ames.
“The basis of wellness is making good food choices and getting our bodies moving on a regular basis,” said IDPH Bureau of Nutrition and Health Promotion Chief Brenda Dobson. “Each year we’re honored to recognize Iowans who have shown commitment and passion in promoting these building blocks of health.” This year’s honorees are Peggy Martin, RD and Ashley Christensen, CHES.
Peggy Martin - Peggy is a registered dietitian and Extension Nutrition Specialist at Iowa State University. Peggy manages the Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program for ISU as well as the Family Nutrition Program (SNAP-Ed). During her 38 years with Extension she has spearheaded programs, developed cutting edge materials, and trained countless staff. In recent years, Peggy has been the creative force behind the Spend Smart. Eat Smart web page (www.extension.iastate.edu/foodsavings/) and the Healthy and Homemade calendar and cookbook project.
Ashley Christensen - Ashley serves as the Regional Safe Routes to School Liaison for Upper Explorerland Regional Planning Commission (UERPC) in Decorah, a regional council of governments helping communities build the future of Northeast Iowa. As the Regional Safe Routes to School Liaison (www.uerpc.org/safe-routes.html), Ashley is dedicated to increasing physical activity levels among youth by enabling and encouraging students to safely walk and bicycle to and from school. Partnering with the Northeast Iowa Food and Fitness Initiative, which promotes healthy, locally grown food and active living and play in the Northeast Iowa region, Christensen serves over 10,000 students in 20 community school districts and six private schools in Allamakee, Chickasaw, Clayton, Fayette and Winneshiek counties.