Food, Nutrition and Health

Local Highlights

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October 14, 2016

Several sessions on topics such as Gathering Key Information, Need for Legal Documents, Caregiving and Retirement, Paying for Long Term Care and Communications. Call for more information 641-472-4166. Held at the Jefferson County Extension Office at 2606 West Burlington Ave., Fairfield. 

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October 14, 2016

Good nutrition does not have to be expensive. Learn strategies to save money on food expenses while  incorporating new ideas into menu planning and food shopping. Location at the Extension Office. Call Stan Hughes @ 641-472-4166 or e-mail

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October 14, 2016

Early Childhood professionals have access to cost effective and convenient online learning. Call Joy Rouse for more information. 641-842-2014

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September 29, 2016

Program: MyPlate in My Childcare: Four Easy Steps!! Date/Time: Tuesday, November 15th, from 6:00 to 8:00 pm Location: Jefferson County Extension Office, 2606 W. Burlington Ave., Fairfield, IA 52556  Registration: or call 641-683-5249/800-346-4413. Cost: No cost ot all childcare providers in the home daycare, community daycare and pre-school settings.

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September 14, 2016

Want to make sure your child is eating nutritious lunches at school?  Here are some tips to keep your child healthy and happy!

Statewide Resources

  • 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. This series of handouts 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 -

  • Safe Food

    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.

  • Preserve the Taste of Summer

    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.

  • Spend Smart, Eat Smart

    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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