Nutrition Education - Buy. Eat. Live Healthy & Loving Your Family-IA

Buy Eat Live HealthyBuy. Eat. Live Healthy & Loving Your Family-IA are FREE* programs that help parents provide nutritious food for their families, leading to healthy children and strong families. Request more information or find a program near you!

Loving Your Family-Iowa (LYF-IA) is designed to deliver nutrition education to low-income families with children under age 10 in Iowa counties where Extension and Outreach does not have Buy. Eat. Live Healthy. Staff, from partnering home visitation agencies, are trained by Extension and Outreach to teach basic to the families they work with.

Iowa State University Extension and Outreach’s Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP) and the Family Nutrition Program (FNP) help young, low-resource families with children develop the knowledge, skills, attitudes and behavior needed to improve their diet. Read more ...

What you'll learn

Buy. Eat. Live Healthy staff work with pregnant teens and families with young children. Program staff meet with participants one-on-one and in small groups. Lessons are selected depending on the needs and wants of the participants. The lessons include activities, worksheets, games, and cooking.

Participants learn how to:

  • Budget their food dollars
  • Save time and money by planning meals
  • Stay healthy by making wise food choices
  • Keep food safe to eat
  • Feed their children
  • Increase physical activity
  • Prepare healthy snacks

Families strengthen communication, decision-making, and problem-solving skills through the lessons. These life skills help participants obtain employment and nurture family relationships.

*income guidelines apply


Funding for Buy. Eat. Live Healthy in Iowa is provided by Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program, USDA's Food Stamp Program, and Iowa State University Extension and Outreach.

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