Food, Nutrition and Health

Local Highlights

April 8, 2014

The Iowa Senate has launched the centennial celebration of the Smith-Lever Act, the founding legislation of the nationwide Cooperative Extension System. Representatives from ISU Extension and Outreach took part in the event at the Iowa Capitol. Video is available with the story and from the Extension and Outreach YouTube channel, http://youtu.be/g75b0u45Qq0.  

April 1, 2014

On April 22, James Romer, Compliance Officer with the Iowa Department of Inspections and Appeals will be discussion best practices and guidelines for food handling of prepared and processed goods for Farmer’s Markets.   

March 21, 2014

Margaret Murphy Iowa State University Extension and Horticulture Educator will be sharing how to grow your own produce, what to consider when planting a garden, and tips to have a bountiful harvest.

February 14, 2014

Annie's Project is an educational program dedicated to strengthening women's roles in the modern farm enterprise.Through six educational sessions, Annie's Project fosters problem solving, record keeping, and decision-making skills in farm women.

April 15, 2014

People across Iowa are learning to thrive, not just survive, as they provide care to their loved ones who are chronically ill, aging or have a disability. “Powerful Tools for Caregivers,” provided by Human Sciences Extension and Outreach, gives participants the tools they need to address the challenges of caregiving.

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.
     

  • 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.

  • 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

  • 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. Raising Healthy Kids is designed to help parents, communities, and childcare providers address the overweight issue.

  • 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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