Food, Nutrition and Health

Local Highlights

February 8, 2016

Local schools that want to build a strong team to start or continue to expand a school garden will benefit from a series of five weekly classes offered by Iowa State University Extension and Outreach. School Garden 101 provides teachers with horticultural skills and shows them how to connect gardening principles to school activities. It will help them develop the design skills they need to create a garden plan.
Dates: Tuesdays, March 22nd, 29th, & April 5th, 12th and 19th Time: 6:00pm – 8:00pm Location: George Washington Carver Middle School (located at 1505 Logan Ave., Waterloo, IA) Cost: $60 per school team Please Sign Up Here!

January 12, 2016

Created by the industry for the industry, the ServSafe® food safety training program is one of the industry’s strongest educational programs. It is administered by the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation. Iowa State University Extension and Outreach is offering special training to help you meet the industry standards and your obligation to consumers. ServSafe® is recognized by more federal, state and local health jurisdictions than any other food safety training program in the United States. 2016 SERVSAFE BROCHURE

December 16, 2015

GINGER! "Growing fresh ginger in the greenhouse has been an easy learning experience. The plant needs indirect light, watering one to three times per week depending on the temperature, and a well-balanced fertilizer weekly in the spring and summer months, monthly in the winter. They have multiplied quickly." Says Sheila Sartorius. Read more and see useful recipes. THANKS Sheila!

December 15, 2015

Featuring awesome instructing by Sheila Sartorius,FoodCorps Members Laura McInerney and Grace Margherio.

November 25, 2015

Students in Green Thumb After School Program sponsored by Black Hawk County Extension celebrated Thanksgiving with a special party last Friday!

Statewide Resources

  • 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. This series of handouts 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 -

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

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