Food, Nutrition and Health

Local Highlights

July 15, 2015

ISU Extension and Outreach- Clayton County is accepting applications for a Full-Time AmeriCorps Member to work in the Clayton County School Districts with afterschool 4-H programs in STEM and Communications and the Arts and in-school programming at MFL Mar Mac working with Food and Fitness. High school graduate required, post-secondary education preffered. Valid driver’s license and transportation required. Send resume and cover letter to sdurbin@iastate.edu by August 1. Complete job description and duties  here.  Equal Opportunity Employer.  AmeriCorps is a year of service within the United States.  Benefits are listed here.

July 12, 2015

Join us again at the Adventure Tent for Free Fun for the kids at the Clayton County Fair.  

Wednesday- Fair Funtivities Day Camp 9-3  followed by Free Watermelon

Thursday- 5-7 - S.T.E.A.M. Day (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math)-  Lego Competition and Hands-On Fun

Friday- 5-7- Food and Fitness Day- Blender Bike Smoothies and Healthy Living Festivities

Saturday- 3-5- Working Exhibits Day- hands on take homes and education games led by 4-H members

July 7, 2015

Iowans can learn how to “Preserve the Taste of Summer” during online lessons and hands-on workshops from Iowa State University Extension and Outreach. “Preserve the Taste of Summer” provides the most current USDA-approved food preservation recommendations, said Jill Weber, a human sciences specialist in nutrition and wellness with ISU Extension and Outreach.

July 2, 2015

A research project by FFI and ISU Extension investigated the effectiveness of a cycle menu featuring Iowa-grown foods to increase local food purchases by schools. By the end of the project, local food purchases by four school districts increased 158 percent in two years.

May 5, 2015

Avian influenza is caused by an influenza virus that can infect poultry, such as chickens, turkeys, domestic ducks and geese, and is carried by migratory birds such as ducks, geese and shorebirds.  It does not impact the foods that consumers eat.   ISU Extension and Outreach has resources to help producers and consumers.

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. 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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