Food, Nutrition and Health

Local Highlights

Better Choices - Better Health
September 2, 2014

Put Life back into Your Life.  Consider a Better Choices Better Health Workshop.  Are you an an adult and have and ongoing health condition?

You'll get the support you need, find practical ways to deal with pain and fatigue, discover better nutrition and exercise choices, understand new treatment choices, and learn better ways to talk with your doctor and family about your health.

Food Preservaton 101
August 4, 2014

United Way of Muscatine has started a new program with Blue Zones project called Food Policy.  The Food Policy group wanted to collect canning supplies for those who have the supplies and are not using them anymore to give to those who want to start canning.  The group then is pairing with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach to provide a canning class to help those preserve their fruit and vegetable produce so they can be enjoyed throughout the year.

Health Insurance Marketplace
March 6, 2014

If you are a farm business owner or if you are interested in health insurance for your farm family and/or employees, learn more about: New health insurance options and requirements, Features of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) for farm families, and Resources to provide additional information about the ACA and health care decision making.  Iowa State University Extension and Outreach in Muscatine County will host a free online webinar.

February 14, 2014

Muscatine County Extension is offering the Homegrown Lifestyle course which is a 12-week Extension short course for folks eager to reconnect to the land, grow their own food, and create a sustainable personal farmscape. Weekly sessions will consist of webinars taught by state specialists and locally-coordinated activities at each site. The course also includes visits to local farms and gardens to experience sustainable food production first hand.

November 27, 2013

In the changing world of health insurance, understanding your options enables you to make the best choice for your situation.

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 -

  • 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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