Food, Nutrition and Health

Local Highlights

November 23, 2016

Although the holidays can be a season of giving, sometimes the focus shifts to a season of getting, or so it may seem from a child’s perspective, says Cindy Thompson, a human sciences specialist with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach.

November 10, 2016

A visit from family and friends during the holidays can make life better for older adults in care facilities. Plan ahead to make the most of these visits. Iowa State University Extension human sciences specialists offer some tips for safe and healthy visits with older friends and relatives.

November 3, 2016

Helping children make healthier food choices is the goal of farm to school programming nationwide. According to the National Farm to School Network, more than 23.6 million students in 42,500 US schools currently participate in farm to school programming, which includes the creation of school gardens, classroom education on agriculture, food, and nutrition and procurement of fresh local foods from area farmers to serve in the school cafeteria.

October 5, 2016

Iowa State University Extension and Outreach will be offering an 8 hour certification course on food safety for food service managers. ServSafe is a national certification program made available through the National Restaurant Association. ServSafe is one of the industry’s strongest educational programs. Certification is good for five years. Brochure

August 17, 2012

Food Preservation Publications and Informational Links From ISU Extension and Outreach.

Statewide Resources

  • Get answers to your home and family questions from the specialists at AnswerLine. Connect with them on the phone, email, Facebook or Twitter for information about cleaning, food preparation, preservation, and safety, home environment, equipment, nutrition, textiles, and laundry. - 1-800-262-3804 or - answer@iastate.edu

  • Participate in these classes for child care providers focused on healthy, affordable food choices and physical activities for children. Department of Human Services-approved credit is available for those attending.

  • Safe Food

    Keep your family or your customers safe by following these food safety tips. The Food Safety Project offers resources for foodservice operators, consumers, and educators.

  • The Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP), Family Nutrition Program (FNP), and Loving Your Family-IA  are FREE programs that help parents provide nutritious food for their families, leading to healthy children and strong families

  • Preserve the Taste of Summer

    Interested in canning, freezing, and dehydrating foods? Join our food preservation program available online and through hands-on workshops to learn and practice safe food preservation techniques.

  • The number of overweight children (ages 6-11) has almost quadrupled in the past four decades and for adolescents (12-19) has tripled. This series of handouts is designed to help parents, communities, and childcare providers address the overweight issue.

  • Spend Smart. Eat Smart.

    Spending less on food often means investing time and effort in planning, shopping and preparing food.  Check out our blog, website, and Facebook page to learn skills and adopt habits to feed your family nutritious meals for less money.

  • Human Sciences Extension and Outreach is all over the social media networks. Stay in touch with us through our blogs, Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest!

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