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ISU Extension Helps Families Improve Their Lives

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This article is from the ISU Extension 2005 Annual Report.


Families across the lifespan connect with ISU Extension. Extension provides research-based information to help families make decisions that improve and transform their lives.


  • 117,236 individuals participated in Extension’s noncredit workshops, conferences, meetings and home study programs to increase their understanding and skills to improve their lives — a 5.2 percent increase over the previous year.
  • 127,131 Iowans received targeted newsletters, called Extension to Families hotlines or received individual consultations — a 7.2 percent increase over the previous year.
  • 14,363 Iowans participated in ISU Extension financial management programs; 97 percent of the participants in financial management workshops reported gaining greater control of their current spending, saving and financial security.
  • 3,401 childcare programs received education and technical assistance; 93 percent of participants completing follow-up evaluations had adopted recommended practices to improve early childhood program quality. As a result, more than 20,000 parents can be more effective employees, knowing their children are safe in stable, nurturing childcare environments.
  • 12,399 Iowans participated in ISU Extension parenting education workshops; 89 percent of participants reported adopting one or more recommended parenting practices.
  • For every dollar spent on ISU Extension’s Strengthening Families Program for Parents and Youth 10-14, $7.82 is saved by reducing substance abuse.
  • 67,200 Iowans participated in nutrition education programs, and 89 percent of those surveyed reported a health related behavior change. Informed food choices combined with increased physical activity are essential for a healthy, productive work force. 
  • ISU Extension provided food safety training certification courses to 900 food service employees and managers. Successful participation in these courses helps individuals become and remain employed, while ensuring a safe food supply.
  • In the past year, ISU Extension helped 1,535 individuals learn about universal design and accessibility features that make homes more convenient for all ages.


See ISU Extension’s 2005 Annual Report for more examples of how ISU Extension is advancing Iowa’s economic vitality and improving quality of life. Also learn more about ISU Extension to Families.



Contacts :

Laura Sternweis, Continuing Education and Communication Services, (515) 294-0775, lsternwe@iastate.edu