Food, Nutrition and Health

Local Highlights

Powerful Tools For Caregivers Logo
May 11, 2017

Do you help take care of a child with special health and behavioral needs? Powerful Tools for Caregivers is an educational series designed to provide tools you need to take care of yourself.  Sessions are scheduled every Thursday for six weeks and begin on June 8th.  Classes will be held at the Clay County Extension Office from 5:30 pm – 8:00pm  There is a no charge for the program. For more information or to register, contact the Clay County Extension Office at 712-262-2264.

Spencer Community Gardens Logo
March 31, 2017

Time to think gardening! SCG is now taking applications for the 2017 garden season.  Sign up before April 20th so we can get your plot reserved!

ServSafe Logo
March 1, 2017

The 2017 Spring ServSafe schedule for Northwest Iowa.  ***Note:  Online registrations only, up to three weeks prior to class date.

October 7, 2015

Iowa State University Extension and Outreach- Clay County is offering a food safety training for food service managers Wednesday, October 28, at the Clay County Extension office in Spencer.

February 20, 2013

Check out the latest "Words on Wellness" newsletter!

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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