Food, Nutrition and Health

Local Highlights

October 24, 2016

Buy. Eat. Live Healthy program helps parents provide nutritious food for their families, leading to healthy children and strong families. Designed to deliver nutrition education to low-income families with children under age 10 in Black Hawk County. Must meet income guidelines. Learn more here. See Brochure.

September 28, 2016

  Come and meet community leaders in our region who are working hard to create a community food web that improves access to good food for all, promotes healthy eating, and supports a diversity of thriving local food & farm businesses in our region. Read more... RSVP BY OCT. 5th!

August 16, 2016

What do happy kids, healthy foods and messy tables have in common? They are all part of the new Kids in the Kitchen program offered through ISU Extension and Outreach.   Contact Grace Margherio margh@iastate.edu to see if your agency meets eligibility criteria for this FREE program!

  See BUY EAT LIVE HEALTHY Brochure, Visit website

April 15, 2016


The 2016 Black Hawk County Farmers Markets will be located at many places throughout the county this season. If you are not familiar with farmers markets, they are a location where local vendors come together to sell freshly grown fruits and vegetables, baked goods, flowers, crafted items and much more. The markets usually take place in an outside setting, so you will need to dress accordingly for the weather that day. It’s also good to bring reusable bags or cooler to carry your new purchases around. Lastly, the majority of purchases are done with cash, so be prepared to have some on hand when headed down to your local market this year. If you have further questions about a farmers market in your area, please contact the market manager. See local list...

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 - answer@iastate.edu

  • 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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