Food, Nutrition and Health

Local Highlights

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May 3, 2016

This workshop is designed for representatives of non-profits, local government, and school districts. Participants are asked to bring a laptop, iPad or tablet device, if possible. Training is from 1-4 PM at the Extension Office in Spirit Lake. Cost is $25 per person and registrations are due May 31. See the Grant Writing Flyer for complete details or give the office at call at 712-336-3488.

Picture of people playing human foosball
May 1, 2016

Get your team together and join the fun! The Lloyd Victors 4-H Club is sponsoring a Human Foosball Tournament from 4:30 - 7:00 p.m. on Saturday, July 16th during the Dickinson County Fair. They are taking registrations now for 6-person teams. No cost to register. Trophy for the Championship Team. See the Human Foosball Tournament Flier and Registration Form for details.

5K Announcement
May 1, 2016

The Dickinson County Youth Council is sponoring a 5K Glow Walk/Run on Sunday, July 17th at 8:30 p.m. at the fairgrounds in Spirit Lake. Cost is $10 if pre-registered by July 1st or $15 if later. T-shirts, glow sticks, and water guaranteed for all pre-registered. Prizes for each age division. Bring the family & friends and have some fun! Check out the 5K Flier for details and 5K Registration Form to register now.

Dickinson County Fair Book Cover
April 15, 2016

The 2016 Dickinson County Fair Book is available online, in the office, or from 4-H club leaders. We are accepting Fair Entries from now until July 1st. Mark your calendars for Static Judging on July 13th followed by Animal Check-in on July 16th and the Dickinson County Fair July 16th - 21st. A REVISED Fair Schedule is available here. Entry forms are linked here or available in the Extension Office. Static Entry Form; Pet, Dog, Poultry, Rabbit, and Horse Entry Form; Beef, Sheep, Goat, and Swine Entry Form

Image from Bill Northey Video Clip
February 12, 2016

Our hometown hero and Iowa's Secretary of Agriculture, Bill Northey, is awarded the Outstanding 4-H Alum Award at the 2016 Iowa 4-H Legacy Awards Gala. Hear his wonderful remarks about the 4-H Program. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=llsWP6q1oRA

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 - answer@iastate.edu

  • 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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