Food, Nutrition and Health

Local Highlights

June 18, 2014

County Fairs are serving as the landscape to showcase the NE Iowa Food & Fitness Bike Blender! Youth and adults are using human power to pedal the bike to make tasty strawberry/banana fruit smoothies.  Watch for the bike blender in the next few weeks for the County Fairs! Join the bike blending-taste testing team in NE Iowa!

January 19, 2014

A new and innovative partnership between county extension councils and Iowa State University Extension to Agriculture and Natural Resources (ANR) will expand duties for two local Extension staff members.

November 21, 2013

A food and nutrition fair workshop was recently held in which youth were able to learn more about the judging process, learn more about a good place setting versus a bad place setting, and have an opportunity to work as a team to create a well-balanced meal using MyPlate.  Workshop Photos   

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March 12, 2013

Youth From West Central K-3 Afterschool program enjoyed making and tasting dips from the Mediterranean area with AmeriCorps RC, Katie Lay and Iowa State University County Youth Coordinator, Michele Kelly. Youth were given the opportunity to learn more about each ingredient and took turns measuring out the ingredients. After everything was mixed up they enjoyed tasting Hummus and Tzatziki Sauce on crackers.

March 9, 2012

Mmm…March was the theme at the West Central Afterschool program for 4-6 grade youth.

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.
     

  • 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. Raising Healthy Kids 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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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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