Food, Nutrition and Health

Local Highlights

WOW
August 27, 2014

WOW stands for Words on Wellness – Your extension connection to nutrition and fitness. It is a newsletter for families developed by Iowa State University Extension Nutrition and Health Specialists. Published monthly, it promotes a healthy lifestyle for Iowans.

August 8, 2014

Whimsy - 2015 Garden Calendar - Gardens bring tasty food, delightful color, refreshing fragrance, rustling leaves, and enervating prickles and tickles. Sometimes they even tickle the fancy. This year's calendar captures the sense of playfulness found in many gardens. Take a whimsical journey through the seasons in photography, verse, and quippy garden quotes. Makes a great gift and a handy garden journal too! Only $6 each!

Newsletter
July 16, 2014

Our Quarterly Newsletter contains information on Agriculture, Communities, Families, Horticulture, and 4-H & Youth programs!

Mason City Community Garden
April 29, 2014

Mason City Community Gardens - 2014 Launch, Wednesday, May 7, 6-8 pm, Garden Acres, 900 block of S. Kentucky (rain site Trinity Lutheran Church). Public welcome. Come learn about your own garden and sign up for a garden plot. Mason City Community Garden-Garden Acres. Rent a plot and grow a garden! Garden Acres is located in the 900 block of South Kentucky Avenue by the water tower. Plot fees are required before the plot can be assigned. The fee will cover water and rough tillage costs. Look here for more information or call Cerro Gordo County Extension & Outreach at 641-423-0844.

Jody Gatewood
June 11, 2013

When you’re planning your meals and writing your grocery list, do you ever wonder how many fruits and vegetables to buy or how to get the best deals on them? If so, check out our new series of 2-3 minute ‘how to’ videos.


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.
     

  • 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.

  • 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

  • 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.

  • 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!

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