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hoopin' it up for spring break escape the winter chill at Iowa's hot spots for family fun PAGE 6
Nutrition in a glass: Why you shouldn't skip the milk page 4
Iowa farmer grows budding career as romance novelist page 5
Opera star Simon Estes gives wings to students' dreams page 8
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BY dirck steimel
helping iowa students to reach their dreams Simon Estes has performed for royalty, for world leaders and for audiences in famous opera houses across the globe. And now, as you’ll read in our March edition of Family Living, the southern Iowa nat ive is doing something very special for his home state — performing concerts he calls “Roots and Wings” in all 99 counties. It’s part of Estes’ quest to raise funding for his foundation that provides scholarships to Iowa students. Estes wants to give “wings” to Iowa students who are pursuing careers in the arts, but also in health care, business and science. It’s an inspiring story about a worldfamous Iowan who is generously giving back to his home state. You won’t want to miss it. So what else have we got in Family Living this month as we eagerly wait for
Volume 24 Number 3 A publication of the Iowa Farm Bureau for ag-supporting members.
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the big thaw and the first green shoots of spring? To get a head start on chasing the winter doldrums, we take a look at spring break destinations around Iowa. There are great spring break spots in every corner of the state, no matter your family’s interests. And if you are coming to downtown Des Moines for the state wrestling or basketball tournaments, you’ve got to take some time to visit the Iowa Hall of Pride. The hall, which is right next to Wells-Fargo Arena, is a true gem with displays that bring Iowa’s rich history to life and interactive exhibits that the kids, and their parents, will love. Best of all, as a Farm Bureau member, admission is free for you and your immediate family. This month, we introduce you to Warren County vegetable farmer Jan Walters, who is launching a second career as an author. We also catch up with Iowa Farm Bureau’s Renew Rural Iowa program, designed to promote entrepreneurship in our state’s rural communities.
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And remember what Mom told you about drinking your milk? Well, she was right, once again. Our food columnist, Teresa Bjork, explores the value of drinking milk, even as adults. She also takes the steam out of the misconceptions about milk that are being propagated these days in many fad diets. So enjoy our March issue of Family Living, and while you are out exploring Iowa this month, keep an eye out for something that would make a good Family Living article. If you find a great restaurant, a distinctive shop or an Iowan who would make a good feature article, please let us know. We are always on the lookout for good features, and many of our best come from reader suggestions. You can reach us at (515) 225-5416 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Features Growing a love story Indianola farmer Jan Walters finds time between planting and harvest to publish her first romance novel, "Believe." page 5
Iowa travel Escape the winter with one of Iowa's family-friendly destinations for spring break fun. page 6
Giving Iowa students wings Opera star and Iowa native Simon Estes is raising scholarship funding for Iowa students through his "Roots and Wings" concerts, sponsored by Iowa Farm Bureau. page 8
Healthy living Iowa's telemedicine system connects rural patients to specialists, saving miles and stress. page 12
Supporting Iowa's main streets Farm Bureau's Renew Rural Iowa program is enhancing its educational and mentoring opportunities for rural entrepreneurs. page 10
On the cover Education Coordinator Shelly Johnson leads a group of students on a tour of the Iowa Hall of Pride, a popular spring break destination, in Des Moines. The Iowa Hall of Pride offers interactive displays showcasing the history and favorite sports of Iowans.
Cover photo by Gary Fandel
Member benefits Farm Bureau supports Iowa students through its scholarship programs and as title sponsor of the Iowa High School Athletic Association and the Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union. page 3 Appetite for Iowa Don't let social media myths scare you from drinking a tall glass of milk. Dieticians say milk is a nutritional superfood that everyone needs. page 4
cheering for iowa's future supporting iowa students, both on and off the court Farm Bureau also helps distribute more than 1,400 commemorative basketballs to athletes, coaches and schools who qualify for the 2014 state basketball tournaments.
Iowa Farm Bureau is proud to support this next generation of Iowans as the sole title sponsor of the Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union (IGHSAU) and the Iowa High School Athletic Association (IHSAA).
Off the court, Farm Bureau funds scholarships and grants to outstanding young citizens engaged in academic leadership and student government. Farm Bureau also sponsors the annual Governor’s Scholar Recognition Program, which recognizes more than 400 of Iowa’s best students at a ceremony held in April in Des Moines. For additional information about Iowa Farm Bureau’s scholarship programs and more, visit www.iowafarmbureau.com.
In addition to sponsoring the state tournaments, Farm Bureau supports the “On a Roll” academic recognition award for middle school and high school girls (grades 7-12) who participate in an Iowa Girls’ Athletic Unionsanctioned sport or cheerleading/drill team and who have increased their grade point average (GPA) from the previous semester.
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appetite for iowa
BY teresa bjork
dairy debate? why we shouldn't skip the milk Turns out, Mom was right. A tall glass of milk really is a nutritional superfood for kids and adults. You wouldn’t guess from its wholesome reputation, but that gallon of milk in your refrigerator has sparked a frothy debate among so-called health advocates, food activists and mommy bloggers.
Over the last 40 years, fluid milk sales have continued to decline, particularly among children and teens, as more non-dairy beverages compete for a place at the table. As a result, Americans now consume 1.5 cups of milk per capita each day, well below the 3 cups recommended by the Dietary Guidelines for Amer icans. Children, in particular, should consume milk and dairy products each day for bone strength and growth, Litchfield said.
Milk contains three essential nutrients — calcium, potassium and vitamin D — that are lacking in American diets, says an Iowa State University Extension nutrition specialist.
So I decided to call a few nutrition experts at Iowa State University (ISU) to help clear up confusion over milk’s role in a healthy diet. I discovered that a cold glass of milk is also a hot topic among ISU dietetic students.
Stephanie Clark, associate professor of food science and human nutrition, said milk isn't as trendy as some of the other beverages available today, such as almond milk or energy drinks, which might be why Americans are skipping milk.
Ruth Litchfield, an ISU state nutrition specialist who is teaching a spring class on communicating nutrition messages, said her students picked milk as their semester research project.
"So many people don't drink milk because it's not 'sexy,' it's not interesting, it's not exciting, it's just something we're so used to," Clark said.
Litchfield said her students are creating a VEISHEA display that will compare the nutrition and cost differences between milk and non-dairy alternatives, in cluding almond milk, coconut water and soy milk. The students want to help consumers make more informed choices when shopping at the grocery store.
“Just like you, they have seen a lot in social media right now about milk, so they wanted to address that topic,” Litchfield explained. Morton_IFB_FamilyLiving_3.1.14_Layout 1 2/14/14 4:24 PM Page 1
Clark and Litchfield both agreed that there are a lot of dairy myths and misconceptions floating around on
Maybe you’ve seen or heard the dairy debate on Facebook, talk shows or 24-hour news channels. A self-proclaimed nutrition expert will claim that drinking milk is unhealthy for you, that it causes obesity, food allergies or heart disease.
Teresa Bjork is a features writer for the Iowa Farm Bureau. In addition to baking and cooking, she also enjoys gardening and eating her way across Iowa.
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the Internet that may scare people away from milk. Yet as dieticians, they know that milk offers a powerful nutrition package that many other beverages don't provide. “The Dietary Guidelines for Amer icans has identified four nutrients of concern, and those are the nutrients that Americans are most likely to be deficient in,” Litchfield said. “Three of those four nutrients are found in milk: calcium, potassium and vitamin D. So (milk) is contributing some important nutrients that most of us are not getting recommended amounts of.” Litchfield also noted that, foodsafety wise, milk is one of the most thoroughly tested items in the grocery store. For example, all milk delivered to U.S. dairy-processing plants is tested for antibiotic residues. “Any dairy farmer will tell you, they are not going to (milk) an animal that
is being treated for an infection or disease; that milk will not go into the tank,” Litchfield said. “Because if that milk tests positive (for antibiotics), that entire batch of milk gets thrown out.”
Reading nutrition labels can help in making healthy choices, Clark noted. Often, juice drinks contain more sugar than milk and aren't a good source of calcium, vitamin D or calcium. “Make the choice based on fact. Don’t make your choice on fear,” Litchfield said. “Make the choice that suits your preference as far as flavor, cost and nutrition, because you’re going to find some differences between the non-dairy and the dairy products.”
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An Iowa page-turner Iowa Farmer harvests her ideas into a novel Indianola farmer and author shows what you can achieve when you "Believe."
n 1973, Jan Walters and her husband, Steve, traded in the city life for the gravel roads outside of Indianola. Today, in addition to growing five acres of produce, Jan is a published author with her first book, “Believe,” on sale now.
“Publishing my first book has been really exciting,” said Walters. “This has been a lifelong dream of mine.” Walters began writing years ago when her children were young. She actually wrote her now published novel, “Believe,” back in the 1980s, but it wasn’t until later that she attempted to have the book published. “In 2000, I sent my book to traditional publishers,” said Walters. “I received some good feedback, but wasn’t successful at getting the book printed.” Last winter, after harvest when she found some time to herself, Walters decided to re-edit the book she previously submitted in 2000, hoping that this time she would be successful. After sending the book to a self-publisher and getting it prof e s s i o n a l ly e d i t e d , Wa l t e r s ’s dream came true. In August 2013, “Believe” was published and made available through the publishing company, iUniverse, Barnes and Noble, Amazon and Google Play. “Believe” is a romance novel with a twist — it involves time travel. Walters’s idea for the story, which is mainly set in 1870 England, originated from her interest in genealogy. “If I see an old photograph, my mind starts turning,” said Walters. “I wonder who that person in the photograph is, and I start creating a story in my head. That’s kind of where 'Believe' came from.” Walters feels the book is about second chances — a second chance for love and a different life. Fitting for a book that was given a
Good read The novel “Believe” by Iowan Jan Walters is available for purchase at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Google Play and the iUniverse website at www. iuniverse.com.
second chance to be published. Walters expects to have another book come out in late summer of 2014. Though she plans to continue writing, Walters will limit herself to one book a year so she can keep up with her other passion — growing produce. Walters currently raises pumpkins, Indian corn, winter squash, gourds, onions, peppers and tomatoes. “It’s therapeutic for me,” said Walters. “Working in the garden is great exercise and keeps me busy when I’m not writing.” The produce from her garden is sold to local restaurants and dispersed among friends and neighbors. She also sells at the Des Moines Farmers Market in September and October. “I love taking my 12-year-old grandson to the farmers market with me,” said Walters. “It’s a great opportunity for him to learn customer service skills and how to make change.”
When it comes to writing and working on the farm, Walters finds that the two schedules mesh together well. In the spring, Walters will work outside in her garden from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and write at night. In contrast, during the summertime she’ll write during the day and work outside when temperatures are cooler, in the morning and later in the evening.
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Warren County Farm Bureau member Jan Walters has published her first novel, "Believe," a time-traveling romance. submitted photos
The flexible schedule allows her to write when she desires. “When the mood strikes you, you write,” said Walters. “Sometimes I’ll begin to write and decide to stop because I don’t like where it’s going. Other times, I may begin writing at 8 p.m., and the next thing I know it’s 1 a.m.!”
time you can relax and feel like you’re doing something for yourself,” said Walters. “Books are great at giving you that mental break from everything that’s going on in your life.”
Walters has always made time for reading and feels it’s a good way for people to momentarily escape reality.
So far, Walters has received positive feedback from those who have read “Believe,” and she hopes for the same favorable reaction with her next book.
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spring break fun escape winter at Iowa's family-friendly destinations Kids can play virtual basketball, make a movie and learn about turtles at these Iowa spring break spots. Who isn’t sick of winter by now? With spring break and lots of sports tournaments just around the corner, you may be ready to try something new. Check into these family-friendly activities that will give you a dose of history, nature and just plain fun. If you’re in Des Moines for a basketball tournament, pop into the Iowa Hall of Pride and try out the Basketball Tournament Super Shot Challenge. Running from March 7-15 (closed Sundays), you can
compete for some fantastic prizes as you test your shooting skills. Also, you may want to make the call in an interactive exhibit that lets you be the referee or umpire. And in a nod to the wrestling tournament, visit an exhibit on legendary Wartburg College wrestling coach Jim Miller, who led his teams to 10 national titles. Iowa Farm Bureau members can receive free admission to the Iowa Hall of Pride if they show their membership card. Go to www. iowahallofpride.com or call (515) 280-8969. Up at the Grout Museum District in Waterloo, it’s all things farm-
Kristen Sanders and her son, Kian, of Ankeny, walk through the agriculture display at the Iowa Hall of Pride in Des Moines, one of many Iowa destinations offering spring break activities for kids and families.
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guests to “shop” at stalls selling everything from artisan cheeses to buffalo meat to vintage seeds. On March 15, a farm fair at the museum will showcase several of the
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The “Crash Landing” garden display in the Indoor Conservatory runs through April 12 and will transport visitors to the American Southwest deserts. Go to www.reimangardens. com or call (515) 294-2710. Kids who are into the Oscars can be part of making their own movies. The Iowa Children’s Museum in Iowa City will hold Movie Magic day camps throughout the Iowa City and Cedar Rapids school districts during spring break weeks. A different movie theme takes place each morning and afternoon — pick the ones you’re interested in. For more information on dates and costs, go to www.theicm. org or call (319) 625-6255. March is known as a windy month, and what better time to fly a kite? Make your own kite on Sunday, March 16, at the Prairie Heritage Center in Peterson, in northwest Iowa. A display that runs until the end of March focuses on really wild weather and includes lots of handson activities for kids. March is also a great month to see the eagles and hawks that frequent the valley at the center. Go to www.prairieheritagecenter.org or call (712) 295-7200.
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For a sweet old-fashioned treat, you may want to head to the Indian Creek Nature Center in Cedar Rapids. On March 8 and 15, you and the family can learn how to use sugarmakers’ tools to tap maple trees and then how to turn that into delicious maple syrup. Each family receives a spile for tapping their own trees and handouts on how to collect and boil sap for syrup. On Friday, March 14, storyteller Darrin Crow brings Native American legends and pioneer folk tales of maple
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Continued from page 6 syrup making to life in a fun, family evening. For times and costs, go to www.indiancreeknaturecenter.org or call (319) 362-2876. For something a bit more…reptilian, try out the National Mississippi River Museum and Aquarium’s exhibit, “Turtles: Secrets of the Shell” in Dubuque. Live animal displays, audiovisual presentations and handson experience will let you and your kids get close up and personal with turtles. Go to www.rivermuseum.com or call (563) 557-9545.
Above: An agriculture exhibit at the Iowa Hall of Pride in Des Moines demonstrates the growth of Iowa corn. Above left: Emily Plorins, left, and Bailey Brewer play virtual soccer at the Iowa Hall of Pride in Des Moines. Left: A stained glass window at the Iowa Hall of Pride celebrates the extra-curricular activities enjoyed by Iowa students.
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For the past three years, Estes has performed with high school choirs in dozens of rural Iowa communities as part of his “Roots and Wings” concert series, a fundraiser for the Simon Estes Foundation scholarship program.
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foundation has awarded more than 100 scholarships totaling more than $120,000 to Iowa students. The Iowa Farm Bureau is a sponsor of the Roots and Wings concerts in 2014. From his studio at Iowa State University, where he teaches aspiring musicians, Estes explained why he decided to embark on a statewide concert tour to raise money for scholarships. “It’s so expensive to go to college today, and I don’t think children should be denied the opportunity to get a college education just because of a lack of funds,” said Estes, who has also started a scholarship foundation in Oklahoma and a school in South Africa. Estes knows first-hand how important education is to young Iowa students. Estes, 76, credits his Iowa “roots” for launching his international opera career. Estes grew up in Centerville and attended the University of Iowa, where he sang with the college’s Old Gold Singers. He planned to become a doctor, but vocal instructor Charles Kellis recognized that Estes had a voice for opera. Kellis helped Estes successfully audition for admittance into the Julliard School of Music.
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“I’m committed to (education) because my father couldn’t read or write, and his father — my grandfather — was a slave sold for $500,” Estes said. “I struggled hard at the University of Iowa. I scrubbed floors, shined shoes, cleaned toilets, whatever I could do to get through. And I thought if ever I was blessed, I would help children, because I know what it is like to struggle financially. “So when I decided to come back to Iowa, I thought, ‘What can I do?’ I thought why not try to sing in all 99 counties, and I’ll give scholarships.” And with his 99-county concert series, Estes is giving “wings” to Iowa students pursuing careers not just in music, but also in education, health care, business and science. When Estes performs in Iowa com-
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Continued from page 8 munities, he donates one-half of his performance fee to his foundation to help fund scholarships, explains Paul Ferrone, executive director of the Simon Estes Foundation. Simon Estes instructs David Sponder, a freshman in vocal music education at Iowa State University (ISU), on the proper dictation of an Italian opera song with the help of Michiyo Nakatani, a vocal and instrumental accompanist at ISU. In addition to mentoring students, Estes has provided 100 Iowa students with $120,000 in scholarships through the Simon Estes Foundation. Above right: Estes directs music student David Sponder during a one-on-one vocal lesson.
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Estes also said Farm Bureau’s partnership with the Simon Estes Foundation is a natural fit. Iowa farmers send their crops across the world, and Estes launched his opera career, which took him around the world, from Iowa. “The people in Iowa are very kind and generous and down to earth,” Estes said. “It’s fascinating, to see the enthusiasm that people have, and they are so dedicated to having me there. Each (concert) is so different, but it is so rewarding. I can’t tell you how touched I am in all these different places I go.”
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During the concert, Estes performs with local high school choirs, ending with the famous “Battle Hymn of the Republic.” Many communities will also invite Estes to attend a reception or dinner for donors.
“When I was a little kid growing up in Centerville, Iowa, I never thought I’d get any farther east than Chicago,” he continued. “I look at it as a real, real blessing. God gave me a talent to sing, and what I want to do is use it to glorify Him and to entertain people.”
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“So what started out as Simon (Estes) wanting to help students has transformed into being a catalyst for generating additional dollars for other projects, whether it’s renovating a theater, starting an arts and culture endowment, helping to renovate a town square or expanding services at the hospital,” Ferrone said.
“I talk to them about education, values, principles, morality, character and what they need to do in life to be successful,” Estes said.
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Farm Bureau's Renew Rural Iowa helps mentor entrepreneurs Upcoming "Journey to Your Vision" seminar will help Iowa entrepreneurs find business success.
or seven years, Iowa Farm Bureau’s Renew Rural Iowa program has provided mentoring, education and financial resources to help rural entrepreneurs successfully grow their businesses. Now Renew Rural Iowa is enhancing its educational opportunities for small-business owners and entrepreneurs, starting with its “Journey to Your Vision” seminar March 11.
nities are the fabric of Iowa, and we are committed to helping them thrive for the long term. That's why we've invested more than $80 million in rural communities in the last decade." At the seminar, Iowa business leaders will learn how to cut through the confusion that comes with developing and growing a business and recognize the stages of business growth, their unique challenges and methods to overcome them. attendees will also have the opportunity to complete an online business assessment to help identify strengths and weaknesses in
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hospitals in Nebraska. UnityPoint Health-Des Moines, which includes Methodist, Lutheran, Blank Children’s Hospital and the John Stoddard Cancer Center, also has a telemedicine system, the Rural Iowa Telehealth Initiatives, working with four Iowa hospitals. The University of Iowa also has a system in place.
approximately 80,000 interpretations with eight rural hospitals they work with, providing 24-7 diagnostic imaging services,” Eastman said. “The real winners when we use telemedicine and teleradiology are rural patients and their doctors,” says Dr. Tom Mallisee of Diagnostic Imaging Associates at Mercy Des Moines. “In many cases, patients don’t have to leave their community to have access to the best diagnostics tools available. Telemedicine also allows us to have real time consults with rural physicians to help them deliver the best care possible.“ SUBMITTED PHOTO
MRTC Program Coordinator Fred Eastman said medical services heightened by telemedicine include teleradiology and other practices, such as dermatology, endocrinology and oncology.
Brian Wayling, director of the eHealth Center with University of Iowa Health Care (UIHC), said telemedicine has been utilized there for the past several years in the areas of pediatric nephrology, neurology, pediatric psychology, otolaryngology, radiology and pathology. Hospitals in Clinton, Grinnell and Van Buren County utilize UIHC’s neurology telestroke and emergency department eConsult clinical care.
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Houghton highlighted an incident where, in a recent snowstorm, a specialist was unable to travel to Clarke County Hospital, but thanks to telemedicine, the patients’ appointments weren’t rescheduled to a few weeks’ out, because the physician stayed in Des Moines and accessed patients via telemedicine.
specialists without traveling. “Our goal, when medically appropriate, is to have patients remain in their community with their network of family, friends and primary health care team. This in turn builds the local medical care expertise to treat
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“Through telemedicine, hospital transfers to Methodist and Lutheran for specialty care have significantly decreased, ultimately saving health care dollars. Through the use of inpatient consultations, specialists see patients at Clarke County Hospital while they are hospitalized. Certainly, if the specialist suggests a higher level of care, the patient will be transferred,” she said. Telemedicine also allows patients to more easily and quickly seek a second opinion from a physician currently unavailable in their hometown, Wayling said. “Patients receive this benefit of UIHC medical expertise and access to leading-edge research knowledge while staying locally. It saves everyone time, money and stress — from traveling in changing weather conditions, organizing transportation, taking time off from work and coordinating child care,” Wayling said. In the beginning, telemedicine used bulky and slow equipment compared to today’s tools. Now, the equipment is smaller, even miniaturized, Houghton said, and fiber optic networks have improved communications speed. “Mobile applications on wireless devices are being explored for many medical uses,” Eastman said. Dr. Dale Andres, MRTC's medical director, also noted: “The imagery and access is now so good that we had a dermatology clinic where he could clearly see a skin lesion and offer diagnosis, offering quality care and no length travel time for the patient. It’s just so much more convenient, especially for seniors, who don’t want to drive a great distance, find parking, worry about the weather. It’s less stressful.”
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