Food, Nutrition and Health

Local Highlights

October 7, 2014

Is feeding your family breaking your budget?  Are you struggling for ways to feed your family a low-cost, healthy meal in a hurry?  If so, the Spend Smart. Eat Smart. blog is for you! Click here to see blog.

March 6, 2015

At the Waterloo Center for the Arts! Celebrate the local food treasures of our region! Free fun for the whole family! Read more...

March 4, 2015

Income Guideline for Food Assistance changed in Oct. of 2014. You can apply now at www.oasis.iowa.govRead more...

October 31, 2014

Black Hawk County Extension and Outreach is home to two FoodCorps service members for the 2014 – 15 school year.  FoodCorps (www.foodcorps.org) is a nationwide team of leaders that connects kids to real food and helps them grow up healthy.  Programming will occur in a variety of community settings, including Waterloo and Independence Schools, Boys and Girls Club, and pre-schools. Welcome Grace Rathert and Jake Geis! Read more...  • Summer 2014 Food Corps Newsletter

October 13, 2014

ServSafe training provides knowledge every food service professional must know regarding food hazards and proper food handling practices. See BROCHURE for up-coming classes held at Black Hawk County Extension  or Call Black Hawk County office, 319-234-6811.

Statewide Resources

  • Many consumers don’t realize how quickly leftovers can become unsafe.  Watch the videos and download the 4-Day Throw Away app to learn about the dangers of foodborne illnesses and the four-day guideline for eating, freezing or throwing away leftovers.
     

  • 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.

  • 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

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

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

  • 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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

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