Food, Nutrition and Health

Local Highlights

garden plant photo
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!

News to use photo
March 3, 2016

Canned foods provide an easy and inexpensive way to include fruits, vegetables, and meats in a healthy diet.  Canning allows food to be safely stored for a longer period of time.

Food specialist photo
March 3, 2016

The first step in having safe leftovers is to cook the food safely.  Cook the food to the proper  temperature by using a food thermometer.  Bacteria grows rapidly in the temperature danger zone, (40◦F to 140◦F), so be sure your leftovers are safe.

Elderly Photo
February 1, 2016

Beans are an easy-to-chew source of protein, which is important for muscle health. Strong muscles mean that you can continue doing what you need to do in order to stay independent. Beans are also good for intestinal health. Did you know kidney beans are named after their shape, which looks like a kidney? Kidney beans range in colors, including red, white, and pale green.

FNP photo
February 1, 2016

Move aside coconut oil; avocado oil is taking center stage! According to Pinterest, avocado oil is projected to be their top food trend for 2016. You can expect this oil to not only pop up in your Pinterest feed, but also at farmers markets and specialty grocery stores.

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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