Grow an Extra Row

Calling on all Gardeners!

Join us this growing season and “Grow an Extra Row” to help alleviate hunger in your community.

Fight hunger from home!

The Grow an Extra Row campaign, encourages gardeners to grow a little extra produce to donate to your local food pantry. Donations of any freshly picked fruits, vegetables, and herbs are always welcome and much needed. The fresher the better! Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, more people are in need….and what they need are healthy options to fight off disease!

If you are in the Waukee or Clive area and are unable to drop off your food, contact Adria Huseth at for assistance.

* No place to plant?  Inquire about community gardening opportunities at Eat Greater Des Moines

* For information about food pantries in Iowa, please visit: to find a local pantry near you.

* For more information about our Grow an Extra Row Campaign, contact

Get your hands in the soil and start growing to fight hunger!

Our Grow an Extra Row campaign is being coordinated by the Clive Community Health and Wellness Initiative whose mission is to address Obesity, Inactivity, Poor Nutrition and Mental Health in our community. Over 40 different businesses and organizations across Iowa are part of the Clive Community Health and Wellness Initiative where we reach all across central Iowa.

Check out the webinar held on September 28th, 2020

Listen to a discussion of community-based strategies to support older adults in managing mental health, in recognition of Suicide Prevention Awareness Month. This webinar discusses the prevalence of suicide among older adults as well as the unique risk factors present for an aging population both before and during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Click Here

For a copy of the slides from the presentation, check HERE

The Program to Encourage Active, Rewarding Lives (PEARLS) is a national evidence-based program for late-life depression. PEARLS brings high quality mental health care into community-based settings that reach vulnerable older adults.

For more information about the PEARLS program, check it out HERE

The Rx Abuse Leadership Initiative (RALI) of Iowa partnered with CHPcommunity and the Iowa Department on Aging to help prevent the misuse of prescription medicines by providing seniors across Iowa with drug deactivation disposable kits through a home-delivered meals program. 

As a collaborative effort, 5,800 drug deactivation disposable kits will be delivered through the home-delivered meals program at four Area Agencies on Aging.  Those participating agencies include Milestones Area Agency on Aging, Heritage Area Agency on Aging, Northeast Iowa Area Agency on Aging, and Aging Resources of Central Iowa.

Milestones Area Agency on Aging

See Article by RadioIowa here LINK

The Arthritis Foundation is actively listening to people with arthritis in their ongoing scientific study, Live Yes! INSIGHTS  

Now more than ever, managing your arthritis is challenging to say the least. With COVID-19 keeping us more isolated, limiting our ability to stay active and interrupting our regular doctor visits, we realize it is not easy to deal with arthritis pain.

Help the Arthritis Foundation understand how COVID-19 is impacting your physical and emotional health, as well as your experience of care.  Please find 10 minutes to take the Live Yes! INSIGHTS assessment and share your voice.

For the past three summers, the National Pork Board and its employees have planted and harvested a Corporate Giving Garden.

The National Pork Board purchases supplies for the garden and employees volunteer their time as part of the organization’s wellness program.

The National Pork Board works with the Clive Community Services staff to select vegetables to plant based on the preferences of the clients at the food pantry.

Since 2018, more than 1,000 pounds of produce has been donated by the National Pork Board to food insecure neighbors in the Clive community.

The Clive Community Health + Wellness Initiative supports organizations and local businesses in starting community gardens. We provide the expertise and guidance through our Eat Well Task Force partners such as Eat Greater Des Moines. We can also help coordinate volunteers through other Task Force team members such as our Waukee APEX student team. We usually like to connect local food pantry sites with your excess food and will help facilitate the set up as needed.

Contact us if you are in the Clive or surrounding area and would like help getting a garden established.

RALI Iowa Co-hosts Webinar with CHPcommunity to Address Substance Misuse During COVID-19

Clive Mayor Scott Cirksena, UCS Healthcare, and Employee & Family Resources Discuss Ways to Help Combat the Opioid Epidemic in the State


CLIVE, IA – The Rx Abuse Leadership Initiative (RALI) of Iowa hosted a webinar on June 25 with local
partners CHPcommunity, UCS Healthcare, Employee and Family Resources, and special guest Mayor
Scott Cirksena, to discuss the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on Iowans struggling with substance use
disorders, and how all Iowans can help.

RALI Iowa is an alliance of local, state and national organizations dedicated to finding solutions to address
the opioid crisis. As Americans continue to fight the COVID-19 pandemic, RALI is continuing efforts to
safely address the opioid epidemic across the state.

Mayor Cirksena opened the event with welcoming remarks and thanked RALI Iowa for facilitating the
discussion and their continued efforts to combat opioid and substance misuse in communities across the
state. “We lead by example,” said Mayor Cirksena. “It’s important for people to know that we’re in the
fight with them… We know COVID in general will spawn a series of mental health conditions with a lot of
people in response to the pandemic, so we have to be in the fight with them. They have to know that
they can turn to their local leaders that can help guide them to resources like our team here this

Panelists included representatives from three local partner organizations, CHPcommunity, UCS
Healthcare, and Employee and Family Resources, who discussed the resources and support they are
providing to Iowans during the era of COVID-19.

Joe Abdalla of Code 3 took participants on a virtual tour of the RALI CARES experience, a program designed
to educate parents, educators, and community members working with teenagers and young adults about
the early signs of substance misuse that often go unnoticed.
The entire webinar discussion was recorded and is available for viewing (here). To learn more about RALI,
early warning signs, the virtual trailer, and more visit

The Rx Abuse Leadership Initiative (RALI) supports programs that help prevent the misuse of prescription
medicines so that more lives can be saved from the opioid crisis. We do this by bringing together
community leaders and elected officials who are committed to finding effective solutions and sharing
ideas that will make a difference across the state.

The adoption and sustainability of physical activity are critical for blood glucose management and overall health in individuals with diabetes and prediabetes. The more muscles that are used during exercise, the greater the benefits.

Check out Iowa Diabetes live video on their Facebook page where CHPcommunity partners with Iowa Diabetes to provide two great tools in helping you get started walking to better manage your diabetes or prediabetes.

Could you have Prediabetes? Take this short test to find out.

Check out this recorded webinar focused on Active Living for Cancer Survivors featuring Urban Poling, Above + Beyond Cancer and CHPcommunity! And check out the link below for more information about a package special for Cancer Survivors!

Webinar Here

Here is a video of some exercises you can incorporate into a dynamic warm up before you go out and walk with your poles.

Remember, the purpose of a dynamic warm up is to wake up your body before you exercise. It helps to protect against injury and promotes a better exercise experience. The exercises are not meant to be held for a length of time like static stretches. Just work through body movements that will prepare you for your physical activity and it will begin to increase your heart rate, stimulate your nervous system, and you may even start to sweat a little. The video shows just a couple of reps of each exercise. To make the warm up last about 5-8 minutes, you can add more reps.

Dynamic Warm Up With Your Poles