Food, Nutrition and Health

Local Highlights

October 4, 2016

Join us for this no cost event featuring a balanced perspective on food processing and how it impacts the food system and human health. Topics include the purposes and risk/benefit of food additives and preservatives, organic and conventional food production, and the role of biotechnology in a sustainable food system.

September 23, 2016

The resources on this page and on the Human Sciences Extension and Outreach Finding Answers Now page provide information Iowans can use to plan before a flood situation, recover and clean up from flood water damage, and conserve water.  To find current conditions in Iowa, visit the DNR Current Disasters in Iowa website and follow flood and drought conditions in the state; find resources and assistance information. The national Extension Disaster Education Network (EDEN) provides additional resources for county extension offices on the Floods and Flooding webpage.

August 17, 2016

Your Extension connection to nutrition and fitness.  Find the latest up-to-date information, healthy recipes, and more!

ServSafe Certification Class/Training
April 6, 2014

Iowa State University Extension and Outreach offers ServSafe  food safety certification classes.  ServSafe meets the criteria for an individual to become a "Certified Food Protection Manager" (CFPM).  ServSafe training will provide knowledge every food service provider must know about food hazards and proper food handling practices in order to keep food safe and protect the establishment against the costly nightmare of a foodborne-illness outbreak. Participants will learn ways of prevention, regulatory requirements, and how to improve food quality.

Brittany Bethel Regional Foods Coordinator
October 4, 2013

ISU Extension and Outreach’s Regional Foods Coordinator, Brittany Bethel, is among the recipients of the Nourish Iowa Awards, established to recognize individuals and organizations who have made a significant impact on the advancement of food security, food access and health at the community, regional or state levels.  Bethel conducted a live food demonstration and recipe tasting at the Manchester Farmers’ Market in August.

Statewide Resources

  • 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 -

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Human Sciences Extension and Outreach is all over the social media networks. Stay in touch with us through our blogs, Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest!

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