Food, Nutrition and Health

Local Highlights

April 30, 2015

What have I learned from Eco Family in the last 4 years? A bazillion up-cycling ideas, rain water catchment techniques, de-cluttering tips and encouragement, meeting neighbors through sharing things, how to find local options for vacation transportation and lodging, and of course sourcing local food!

I hope you will join us for the 2015 Eco Family Project! This year we have 3 parts – 1. online ‘lessons’ you can view at your convenience, 2. live online conversations with other Eco Families (schedule starts March 26) and 3.  local activities. The cost is only $25 for your household to participate!

I can’t wait to hear what goes on your “I learned . . .” list!


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Linn County Celebrating 100 Years 1915-2015
January 14, 2015

During 2015 we're celebrating 100 years of extension work in Linn County!

Restaurant Food safety certification course Cedar Rapids Iowa
December 24, 2014

ServSafe is a one day certification course on food safety designed for restaurants and food handlers. It will be offered in Cedar Rapids during 2015.

CSA farms list Iowa
April 30, 2014

Consumers interested in eating local have more resources to do so with the updated directory, Iowa CSA Farms: 2014 Statewide List of Iowa CSA Farms and Organizers.

community garden cedar rapids marion iowa
April 24, 2014

With greater emphasis on eating fresh/eating local, and with Blue Zones designations for many area cities, we are also now hearing more about community gardens.  The label “community garden,” however, can mean a wide range of things.  Let’s discuss some of these and how they may best serve your individual interests.

ServSafe Training locations  |  What is EFNEP?
Words on Wellness newsletter features recipes and info about nutrition and fitness
Linn County Local Food Guide  |  Farmers' Markets Directory
Iowa Producers Directories -  fruits, vegetables, organic producers and corn mazes
Iowa Organic Producers Directory  |   Iowa CSA Farms
Cooking Basics: Food Yields  |  Measurement Equivalents - USDA measurement chart conversions
Ingredient Substitutions
  |  Can Size Equivalents
Storage Times for Fridge and Freezer or use a complete shelf life guide at:

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. 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 -

  • 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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