Food, Nutrition and Health

Local Highlights

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April 24, 2017

What to eat?  Snack attack!!

Snacks are foods eaten outside of a scheduled, structured meal setting.  Snacking can be part of  a healthy meal plan.

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April 24, 2017

May is National Stroke Awareness Month.  A stroke occurs when blood flow to the brain is blocked or reduced.  Among other factors, your diet plays a role in your risk of having a stroke.

March 31, 2017

Online Tools for Healthy Choices

The ChooseMyPlate website,, includes a list of reliable online tools for making healthy choices:

March 31, 2017

Everyone experiences some form of stress.  Stress can cause various aches and pains, sleeping problems, anxiety or depression.  Some people turn to food for comfort.  This may lead to weight gain, which in turn can increase the risk of heart disease or diabetes. 

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March 15, 2017

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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