Food, Nutrition and Health

Local Highlights

November 18, 2014

AMES, Iowa – Daily news reports about Ebola infections, quarantines and death may have children worried that they may be stricken by this disease or other illnesses. Human sciences specialists offer suggestions for helping children cope with their fears in the Science of Parenting blog from Iowa State University Extension and Outreach.

October 14, 2014

AMES, Iowa — Farm life with its country setting often is idealized, but as the complications and pace of agriculture have increased, so have the physical and mental demands on farmers. Safety and stress during harvest season cannot be ignored, says Margaret Van Ginkel, an Iowa State University Extension and Outreach human sciences program specialist and Iowa Concern Hotline coordinator.

September 23, 2014

AMES, Iowa -- Iowans have two sources of information to help them prepare to select health insurance coverage when open enrollment under the Affordable Care Act begins again Nov. 15. Iowa State University Extension and Outreach is offering “Smart Choice: Health Insurance” classes throughout the state this fall. In addition, the Iowa Department of Human Services has a new website where Iowa Health and Wellness members can find information about premium free coverage in 2015.

January 23, 2014

The 15 percent of Iowans age 65 or older may be retirement age, but that doesn't mean they are retiring.  Many are remaining in the workforce or are looking for new opportunities.  Mid Life & Beyond: The Whole Picture, from Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, helps them examine how they want to live during their next stage of life.

August 14, 2013

Weekly ISUEO Family Finance Column written by Brenda Schmitt, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Family Finance Field Specialist.

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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