Food, Nutrition and Health

Local Highlights

WOW
May 19, 2015

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.

May 5, 2015

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 $1 each!

Spring
April 14, 2015

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

Mason City Community Garden
March 18, 2015

Mason City Community Gardens: Rent a plot and grow a garden! Two garden locations will be available offering two plot sizes: GARDEN ACRES – 900 block S. Kentucky and Willow Creek Garden - 1ST ST SW & MADISON AVE. 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.

Preserve
February 6, 2015

Don't know what to do with your excess garden produce? Do you want to learn how to preserve food safely at home? Come to Food Preservation 101: Introductory Course for Home Food Preservation at Cerro Gordo County Extension and Outreach on Tuesday, February 17, 2015!
 


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.

  • 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.

  • 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

  • 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.

  • 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!

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