Food, Nutrition and Health

Local Highlights

Photo of girl with broccoli
July 20, 2016

Do you have picky eaters? Wonder how to incorporate MyPlate with small children?  If so, join us for some classes this fall at the Expo Center in Spirit Lake. ISU Nutrition Specialist, Renee Sweers will lead participants through activities to help picky eaters get involved in the kitchen, try new foods, and make mealtime more pleasant. Check out our Fall Childcare Training Brochure for details. 

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July 20, 2016

Take part in a hands-on workshop featuring easy cooking tips and recipes using fresh garden vegetables and herbs. ISU Nutrition & Wellness Specialist, Renee Sweers, will lead cooking demonstrations and food tasting samples. Recipes and locally-grown fresh veggies are included. The program is FREE and Open To The Public. Call (712) 336-3488 to pre-register by Sept. 5th.

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July 19, 2016

This is an 8-hour food safety training for foodservice managers and workers. Participants learn current best practices related to safe food handling and cleaning and sanitizing as well as tips on how to implement essential food safety practices and create a culture of food safety. The training includes a resource workbook and concludes with a certification exam. Please click on the ServSafe Registration Form for complete details.

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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

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February 28, 2015

In a statewide needs assessment survey conducted by Iowa State University Extension and Outreach at the end of 2013, Iowans identified priority community needs that ISU Extension and Outreach should address with educational efforts.
 

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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