Articles related to Food, Nutrition and Health

Wednesday, April 11, 2012 - 12:02

Current Issues in Nutrition, a two-part online conference from Iowa State University Extension and Outreach and the Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition, takes a closer look at why and how nutrition professionals can get involved with regional food systems.

Thursday, April 5, 2012 - 14:03

Today the Wellmark Foundation presented over $400,000 to three grant recipients in Central Iowa. The organizations were chosen out of 111 applicants to receive funding to implement initiatives encouraging healthy lifestyles through programs that will teach healthy behaviors to children and school and community gardens.

Tuesday, April 3, 2012 - 13:46

In May 2011, Iowa farm women began sharing their experiences in central Africa, where 80 percent of the farming is done by women. The collaboration was developed by a farmer-to-farmer project through Iowa State University’s Value Added Agriculture program with cooperation from a Ugandan nonprofit organization, Volunteer Efforts for Developing Concerns (VEDCO).

Monday, April 2, 2012 - 11:14

Consumers have an important role to play in keeping food safe. Being smart shoppers and following good practices during purchasing, preparing, serving and eating will keep everyone healthy and lead to better food experiences.

Thursday, March 29, 2012 - 14:39

Older Iowans are getting a new lease on LIFE — Living (well through) Intergenerational Fitness and Exercise. Although only in its pilot phase, this Iowa State University Extension and Outreach program already is showing that older adults age 60+ can improve their flexibility and hand grip strength in just six months with appropriate aerobic exercise and resistance activity. And they’re doing it by playing video games — also known as exergaming — with college students.

Tuesday, March 27, 2012 - 13:24

It’s that time of year when grocery store shelves offer an abundance of pastel-colored, wrapped candy. Communities are advertising egg hunts, in which well-meaning adults hide candy-stuffed plastic eggs in public parks for eager children to discover. In these sugar-filled times, remember moderation, said Sarah Francis, an Iowa State University assistant professor and ISU Extension and Outreach nutrition specialist.

Thursday, March 22, 2012 - 15:25

Iowans can make their voices heard about creating a more vibrant food system at the Iowa Local Food Summit April 3. The summit will include conversations and workshops about how to meet the goals outlined in the Iowa Local Food and Farm Plan, developed by the Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture in response to state legislation passed in 2011.

Tuesday, February 28, 2012 - 09:42

March is National Nutrition Month, and this year the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics encourages Americans to “Get your plate in shape.” Sarah Francis, an ISU Extension and Outreach nutrition specialist, suggests reducing the amount of sodium in your diet.

Monday, February 13, 2012 - 17:11

Iowa State University Extension and Outreach is offering a course, Homegrown Lifestyle, for folks who want to reconnect with the land, grow food for their own use and create a sustainable landscape. Homegrown Lifestyle will be offered at 11 Iowa locations beginning March 29.