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Smart Choice
November 24, 2015

Changes in health insurance raise many questions for consumers.  Iowa State University Extension and Outreach is offering a FREE online workshop on Tuesday, December 1 from 6 – 8 PM.

November 17, 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.

Fall 2015
October 23, 2015

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

August 13, 2015

A source of help and information for Iowans in need: Legal, Finance, Caring for Yourself and Others, Crisis/Disaster, Overcoming Adversity, and learn more about Iowa Concern.

August 11, 2015

 If you or someone you know is interested in joining the 4-H program or would like more information, please contact the Cerro Gordo County Extension and Outreach office at 641-423-0844.  You can also e-mail Bobbi Jo Wild at bobbiw@iastate.edu  for more information.

Home and Family Resources:

  • Family Answer Line     (800) 262-3804 Questions relating to home and family
    (M-F, 8-11:50 a.m. & 1-5 p.m.)
    TDD (Telecommunications device for deaf persons) (800) 854-1658
  • Iowa Concern Hotline     (800) 447-1985 Financial questions, legal issues, family transitions (24 hours)
  • Healthy Families     (800) 369-2229
    Prenatal health care questions and information (24 hours)
  • Teen Line     (800) 443-8336
    Personal and health-related information and referral (24 hours)
  • ISU Continuing Ed.     (800) 262-0015
    Off campus credit courses and non-credit conferences (M-F, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.)
    Visit the Iowa State University and ISU Extension sites on the World Wide Web. http://www.iastate.edu http://www.exnet.iastate.edu

Statewide Resources

  • 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

  • Find reliable, high quality, research-based information for professionals and parents in CYFERNet’s clearinghouse of the best children, youth and family resources of all the public land-grant universities in the country.

  • Help children succeed at school by creating a home environment that promotes learning.  Find out how developing routines, setting limits, and providing good nutrition can help.

  • Are you an early childhood professional that provides care and education in your home, a center or a school? Check out our programs, resources, and trainings available to help you be the best early childhood professional you can be.

  • A 24-hour resource for legal, finance, crisis and disaster and personal health issues, Iowa Concern provides access to an attorney for legal education, stress counselors, and information and referral services.

  • A national resource that brings quality, research-based information to families at the time it can be most useful and make the biggest difference in their lives.

  • Powerful Tools for Caregivers

    A series of classes designed to empower family caregivers of older adults to take better care of themselves. Learn more about the six-week series and find a class near you.

  • Parenting can be fun, enjoyable and stressful! Check out our blog and podcasts for the latest research based information and resources to help parents in their important role of raising children.

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

  • Articles from Ag & Biosystems Engineering for housing issues.

  • Specialists have compiled a list of resources to help you prepare for and recover from natural disasters. Remember to take care of yourself and your family first; then deal with the things lost to the disaster.

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