Food, Nutrition and Health

Local Highlights

November 30, 2016

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).  Find class and registration information here! 

November 30, 2016

Curriculum training based on the scientific foundation of the 2015 - 2020 Dietary Guidelines.  Teachers will become acquainted with the latest research in the field and the ability to employ various nutrition education tools and resources in the classroom.  Introduces Family and Consumer Sciences classrooms to hot topics in nutrition as well as career opportunities and includes 8 lessons designed for two 50-minute or one 90 minute class period. 

November 17, 2016

We are heading into the holiday season - family dinners, parties, and other gatherings where food served is definitely part of the holiday cheer. The merriment can change to misery if your turkey, stuffing or other food makes you or others ill.  Cindy Baumgartner, Nutrition and Wellness Specialist for Iowa State University Extension and Outreach talks food safety this holiday season!

November 15, 2016

Iowans can eat healthy and stick to a tight grocery budget. Iowa State University Extension and Outreach’s “Spend Smart. Eat Smart.” has been helping families do so for more than seven years, and a newly designed website makes it even easier.

November 11, 2016

Check out the December edition of the Words on Wellness newsletter.  Information on healthy gifts from the heart, popcorn trail mix, taking safe food to potlucks, and snowshoeing! 

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 - answer@iastate.edu

  • 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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