Health and Well-being
Iowa State University Extension and Outreach carries Iowa State’s land-grant mission beyond campus. We offer practical, how-to education based on powerful university research. It’s available to any resident of Iowa and is tailored to meet the needs of Iowans--needs we know firsthand because we have an office in every county.
Our work addresses four signature issues: K-12 Youth Outreach; Economic Development; Food and Environment and Health and Well-being.
Here are a few examples from our 2013 Stakeholder Report of how ISU Extension is helping Iowa become the healthiest state in the nation within our signature area of Health and Well-being.
Training Employees on Food Safety
Fifty-six food service employees in Region 4 attended ServSafe food safety training in 2013.
In addition to the traditional participants from restaurants, healthcare and school food service, eight registered childcare centers trained staff thanks to a grant from the Department of Human Services.
ServSafe® is a program of the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation. The training focuses on food hazards and proper food handling practices to keep food safe and protect the establishment against foodborne-illness outbreaks. Participants learned about prevention, regulatory requirements, and how to improve food quality. Participants have the option of testing for certification upon completion of training. The certification is good for five years.
Preserving Food Safely
The interest in home food preservation has dramatically increased. Equipment sales are up, cookbooks are selling and home cooks, from beginners to experts, are enjoying the pleasure of canning, freezing, jams, jellies and drying foods. Some are doing it for creativity or to give as homemade gifts. Others want to control salt, sugar and other preservatives in the foods they eat. Some want to save money by preserving the excess garden bounty.
Whatever the motivation, it is very important to use reliable recipes, instructions and equipment. ISU Extension offered four food preservation classes in Region 4 in 2013. Forty-eight people learned the basics of hot water bath and pressure canning, freezing and dehydrating foods using current research-based and safe methods.
Learn more about ISU Extension in northeast Iowa at www.extension.iastate.edu/winneshiek.
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