Food, Nutrition and Health

Local Highlights

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June 1, 2016

Spinach and other leafy green vegtables are a good source of vitamin K, which helps your body to clot.

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June 1, 2016

It's not everyday a new vegtable is introduced!  The newest vegtable to arrive in grocery stores is Kallettes - a cross between kale and brussel sprouts.

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May 4, 2016

Gardening: Top 10 Vegtables to Grow and Eat for Health.

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May 4, 2016

Farina, rice, wheat, barley, oats.......What do these all have in common?  They are all cereal grains!

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March 21, 2016

Have no space for a garden at your home?  A Community Garden plot is for you!  The plots are located off of 7th Street by the DMU water plant.  Contact the Crawford County Extension and Outreach Office at (712) 263-4697 today for more information or to reserve your gardening plot for the 2016 growing season!

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 -

  • 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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