Food, Nutrition and Health

Local Highlights

May 24, 2017

Are you an avid gardener or a local foods fan? Do you and your family enjoy learning about where your food comes from and/or how to eat healthy? If so, please consider joining us for any and/or all of our upcoming Summer 2017 Garden to Table events taking place throughout Lyon, Sioux, Osceola and O'Brien Counties. From kids to adults, we've got something for the whole family!

May 10, 2017

Would you like to have a first-hand look at where your dairy products come from? If so, join the Stensland Family and ISU Extension and Outreach Regional Food Coordinator Margaret Murphy for a tour of this local dairy on Friday, June 2 from 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Receive an up-close look at dairy operations, the creamery and the Stensland's store. 

March 1, 2017

Clippings now includes more diverse topics that go beyond horticulture, though horticulture will still be an occasional and timely topic. The column will remain focused on research-based information written by ISU Extension and Outreach program specialists.

May 23, 2017

Iowa State University (ISU) Extension and Outreach is searching for volunteers to help with harvest of produce at the ISU Research and Demonstration Garden this summer. The garden is located at the Lyon County Fairgrounds in Rock Rapids. Produce from the garden is donated to area pantries as part of ISU Extension and Outreach’s efforts to fight hunger in Iowa. 

May 11, 2017

Iowa State University (ISU) Extension and Outreach Osceola County recently announced that a free Powerful Tools for Caregivers course will be held at the Osceola Community Hospital every Tuesday night, Sept. 12 through Oct. 17, from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Powerful Tools for Caregivers is an educational series designed to provide caregivers - family members, hospital staff, nursing home staff, volunteers and anyone else - with the tools they need to take care of themselves.

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 - answer@iastate.edu

  • 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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