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Debris Pile Open on 305th St

The debris pile between the school and public works building is now open to community members to take/collect firewood for personal use or ceremonial/clan house use.
Meskwaki Natural Resources will be burning the Battleground Road debris pile today, 02/25/21.
Please maintain caution when working around the brush pile as heavy logs may shift while working.
**As a reminder, in accordance with Tribal Codes, Meskwaki timber cannot be sold.
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Meskwaki Warrior Boys Basketball District Final VS Grundy Center Spartans

On Tuesday, February 23rd, The Meskwaki Warrior boys basketball team defeated the #1 seeded Grundy Center Spartans 64-54 in the District Final. For the first time ever, the Meskwaki Warriors are the new Class 1A District 10 District Champions! The Warriors advance to the Sub-State 5 Championship, which is this Saturday, February 27th against North Linn (24-0) at Jesup High School with tip-off starting at 7:00pm. There will be no online ticketing for this game, so all tickets will need to be purchased at the door. Go Warriors!!!

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MNR to Conduct Controlled Burn at Battleground Road Debris Pile

Meskwaki Natural Resources will be performing a controlled burn for a debris pile located on Battleground Road tomorrow, Thursday February 25.
This is weather permitting and will continue until the pile is burnt through. If you planned to gather fire wood from this location, all collections must be completed by the end of the day on Wednesday February 24th (today).
Reach out to Megan at (641) 484-3511 or by email at megan.dietrich@meskwaki-nsn.gov if you have any questions!
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SettFit Challenge Hits Midway Point

GREAT JOB to each of you for completing the first half of our SettFit Challenge (ends this Sunday). For those who competed, we’ll be awarding each of you with a SettFit Challenge Tee Shirt and a copy of our SettFit Challenge Cookbook. We’ll also be raffling off FIVE $25 Amazon gift cards. One raffle entry for each “Special Activity” you participated in during the last six weeks. Make sure all your activities have been completed and your apps are synced!
We’ll go LIVE to draw the names of the winners of the gift cards on Thursday, March 4 at 1 PM on our SettFit Challenge Group’s Facebook page.
To “kick-off” the second half of the challenge, the team will be offering (if you wish to participate in) a weigh-in for body composition (Impedance Testing). We’re offering this to anyone wishing to track body fat, weight, muscle mass, etc. during the 2nd half of this challenge. You can stop in to the Health Clinic anytime on Monday, March 1st through Wednesday, March 3rd for the weigh-in. It’s worth 750 points. (Masks and social distancing required). We will then offer testing again at the end of the challenge so you can see before and after results!
Stop by the Health Clinic on Monday, Tuesday, or Wednesday (March 1 – 3) between 7:30 AM – 5:00 PM to weigh-in. If you are unavailable during this timeframe, contact Ashley or Jennifer to set up an alternate weigh-in time.
Even if you choose not to participate in the weigh-in, please stop by the clinic next week to pick up your tee shirt and cookbook!
The Happiness Challenge – SettFit Part 2 starts on Monday, March 1st. Being happy and healthy go hand-in-hand, and this challenge provides an opportunity to learn about the many benefits of happiness and different ways to channel it. In addition to the current weight loss and healthy body goals you’ve been building toward over the last six weeks, the Meskwaki SettFit team will be working in collaboration with Meskwaki Behavioral Health Services to bring you fun activities and even more information to help you be the best you possible!
During this 2nd part of the challenge, you will earn Wellable Points for tracking physical and nutritional activity AND by practicing different Happy Habits. Check your emails for weekly prizes, grand prizes info, and how to earn points as points have changed for the 2nd half of this challenge.
Those who didn’t participate in the 1st half of our challenge, can join in on the fun and learning opportunities being offered during the second half of the challenge. Just log into Wellable to get started!
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March is National Nutrition Month

For Immediate Release – 2/22/21


Developing a healthful eating pattern is not a one-size-fits all endeavor. The key is tailoring your favorite foods to meet your individual nutrient needs.

In March, the Academy focuses attention on healthful eating through National Nutrition Month® and the Meskwaki Diabetes Prevention Program is happy to participate. This year’s theme, Personalize Your Plate, promotes creating nutritious meals to meet individuals’ cultural and personal food preferences.

“America is a cultural melting pot, so you can’t expect everyone’s food choices to look the same,” said registered dietitian nutritionist Su-Nui Escobar, a national spokesperson for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics in Miami, Fla. “Eating is meant to be a joyful experience. As supermarkets increasingly diversify their shelves to meet the needs of their customers, it’s becoming easier to create nutritious meals that align with a variety of cultural preferences.”

During National Nutrition Month®, the Academy encourages everyone to make informed food choices and develop sound eating and physical activity habits they can follow all year long. “Variety is the spice of life and that’s how people should view their meals,” Escobar said. Spice up your menus with the foods and flavors you enjoy and add new flavors to spark excitement in your cooking. “Developing healthful eating habits does not require drastic lifestyle changes. A registered dietitian nutritionist can help you incorporate the foods you enjoy into your life.”

At Meskwaki Health clinic Dietitian Jennifer Scales and the Wellness team will host some fun events to promote learning more about healthy eating including:

  • SettFit Challenge Part 2 will be starting March 1st.
  • Each week Jennifer will share Nutrition tips, recipes, or information on Wellness Facebook.
  • Iowa State stay Independent Series will be offered: This healthy aging series will be offered via Zoom noon on Wednesdays in March. See class schedule below:  (Contact Jennifer for the Zoom link).


March 3



Power Up with Protein


·         Food sources of protein

·         Recommendations for daily intake and portions of protein

·         The importance of eating protein

·         Ways to include protein food in the diet

March 10



Exercise Your Independence


·         Benefits of physical activity

·         Tips for staying physically active

·         Ways to incorporate physical activity into daily routine

March 17



Brain Health


·         Explain how aging affects the brain.

·         Review the MIND diet.

·         Provide resources that support brain health

·         Discuss ways to participate in brain simulating activities.

March 24 Noon


Cooking for 1 or 2


·         Recommended intake and how to incorporate different food groups according to MyPlate

·         Appropriate cooking tools to prepare simple, semi-homemade recipes

·         Importance of following safe food preparation methods

·         Planning for grocery shopping and items to stock up on


  • Take and Make Cooking demo on March 24 at 2 PM via the Meskwaki Wellness’s Facebook page. Jennifer and Health Educator Ashley Aylsworth be going “live” to showcase a quick and easy breakfast.
  • March 31 at noon the Diabetes Prevention Program will be playing Diabetes bingo virtual on zoom. (Contact Jennifer to obtain your bingo card.)
  • Let Jennifer know how she can help you Personalize Your Plate during National Nutrition Month! Call Jennifer Scales at 641-484-4094 or email at scales@meskwaki-nsn.gov

National Nutrition Month® was initiated in 1973 as National Nutrition Week, and it became a month-long observance in 1980 in response to growing interest in nutrition.  As part of National Nutrition Month®, the Academy’s website will host resources to spread the message of good nutrition and the importance of an overall healthy lifestyle for all. Follow National Nutrition Month® on the Academy’s social media channels including Facebook and Twitter using #NationalNutritionMonth.

Visit the Academy at www.eatright.org for more information.


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Cooking Demo Announced

Take & Make Cooking Demo with Jennifer is scheduled for February 24th at 2 PM. She’ll be making Easy Chicken Salad.

Sign up by Feb. 15th to reserve your groceries and then stop by the clinic on the 23rd and pick them up between 1-4:30 PM.

Call Jennifer at the Clinic for more info or to sign up! (641) 484-9421

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