Food, Nutrition and Health

Local Highlights

June 25, 2014

Clayton County ISU Extension and Outreach is excited to host an upcoming educational class on safe home food preservation. Cindy Baumgartner, Nutrition and Health Program Specialist and Master Food Safety Advisor, will teach the basics of canning, freezing, and dehydrating food during the two-hour “Food Preservation 101” workshop to be presented from 5:30-7:30 p.m. on July 17. The workshop will be held at the Peace United Church, located at 301 N. Main St. in Elkader.

June 18, 2014

County Fairs are serving as the landscape to showcase the NE Iowa Food & Fitness Bike Blender! Youth and adults are using human power to pedal the bike to make tasty strawberry/banana fruit smoothies.  Watch for the bike blender in the next few weeks for the County Fairs! Join the bike blending-taste testing team in NE Iowa!

June 17, 2014

Northeast Iowa schools celebrated May, Beef Month in a special way this year.  NE Iowa Food and Fitness Initiative partners navigated the complex farm-to-table chain of sourcing a local beef animal that ended up on the plates of local school children.

May 22, 2014

Fourth through sixth grade students have the opportunity to participate in summer in Art Camps with hands on projects by local artists.  Click here for Registration Form.   Camps are Monday-Thursday 9 am -noon.  Elkader's Camp begins June 30.  Guttenberg's Camp begins July 7.

January 19, 2014

A new and innovative partnership between county extension councils and Iowa State University Extension to Agriculture and Natural Resources (ANR) will expand duties for two local Extension staff members.

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.
     

  • 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. 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!

  • 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

  • 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.

  • 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.

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