Food, Nutrition and Health

Local Highlights

January 20, 2017

Likely you have noticed that food offerings, recipes, restaurant menus, and grocery products have changed a lot in the last ten years.  Health issues, dietary needs, convenience, consumer awareness, and waste reduction initiatives are just some of the factors that have driven changes in the culinary market. Marlene Geiger at the ISU Extension Answerline recently wrote about some ‘expert’ predictions of what we will likely see more of in 2017.

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January 5, 2017

Dear Dads (& Kids!),

Are you interested in freshening up your cooking skills and learning a trick or two in the kitchen? Maybe you’d like to expand your abilities past the typical dinners you prepare? Either way, I encourage you to sign up for this four part series of cooking classes!

January 4, 2017

Being physically fit, eating nutritious foods and getting enough rest are important, but not enough to make people truly satisfied with life. Purpose is the number one factor in living a fulfilled life, says Cindy Thompson, human sciences specialist with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach.

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November 2, 2016

Iowa State University Extension and Outreach will be offering an 8 hour certification course on food safety for food service managers. ServSafe is a national certification program made available through the National Restaurant Association. ServSafe is one of the industry’s strongest educational programs. Certification is good for five years. 

July 21, 2016

Iowa State University Extension and Outreach offers ServSafe®  food safety certification classes.  ServSafe® meets the criteria for an individual to become a "Certified Food Protection Manager" (CFPM).

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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