Food, Nutrition and Health

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January 27, 2015

Beans and legumes, part of the MyPlate protein group, are sources of both fiber and protein. Fiber is important for digestive health and feeling full for longer while protein is necessary for building and maintaining muscle and brain health.

 

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January 27, 2015

 Take a look around your local health market shelves or smoothie bar menu and you may notice products containing activated charcoal (also called activated carbon). Before you jump to try this latest fad, take a moment to understand what this product is, its intended uses, and health implications.

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January 6, 2015

The Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Master Gardener program will explore how Master Gardeners support local food systems during a winter webinar series. The 2015 series will offer Master Gardeners educational hours while taking a look at ways to support school gardens, food banks, community gardens and more. Sessions are scheduled for Thursday, Jan. 15, Feb. 12, and March 12, 6:30-8:30 p.m., at ISU Extension county offices across Iowa.

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September 23, 2014

If you have a child in school, you may have already heard about the new "Smart Snack" guidelines going into effect this year in Iowa schools that participate in the federal school lunch program. The 2010 Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids’ Act updated the nutrition standards for snacks and beverages sold in school vending machines, via a la carte sales in the cafeteria, and at school stores and some fundraisers.

Summer Food
June 23, 2014

Summer is a wonderful time for fun with family and friends. But add food to summertime get-togethers, and suddenly food safety can become a concern at these events. Food safety specialists with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach are offering six online sessions to answer food safety questions from educators, consumers and others who want to keep food safe this summer.

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

  • 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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