Food, Nutrition and Health

Local Highlights

September 26, 2016

Iowa State University (ISU) Extension and Outreach will host a Harvest Dinner featuring local foods and local producers on Thursday, Oct. 20, beginning at 5:00 p.m. at Willow Creek County Park and Recreation Area (5945 HWY 9, Ocheyedan, IA). The evening will feature the following local producers:  GoodEetens Produce Farm, Seven Wilson Farm, Boernsen Bees and Calico Skies Vineyard and Winery. Reserve your seat today!

March 1, 2016

Need help with meal planning? Kids stressing you out? Looking for some financial guidance? 

The Human Sciences department from ISU Extension and Outreach wants to help! There are seven active blogs in Human Sciences Extension and Outreach featuring these and other topics. 

February 25, 2016

Each year Iowa State University recognizes the excellence of faculty and staff accomplishments through university awards. Cheryl Heronemus, regional extension education director for counties in northwest Iowa, was honored with the 2015 R.K. Bliss Award. The award, named for the director of extension from 1912 to 1946, recognizes outstanding achievement of an Iowa State University Extension and Outreach staff member for developing an overall or continuing extension education program. 

February 23, 2016

Healthy lifestyle changes are hard to make but with the right information and support these changes can come more easily. 'Words on Wellness,' a Human Sciences Extension and Outreach newsletter from Iowa State University, has been providing Iowans with that support and useful information on staying healthy for the past six years. 

February 11, 2016

Have you ever wanted to learn from Human Sciences Extension and Outreach, but didn’t want to wait until the next program is offered?

A part of what we do in Human Sciences Extension and Outreach addresses just that – with a personal touch to reach each and every one of you! If you are “plugged in” to the online world, you can check out any of the SEVEN blogs, NINE Facebook pages,  SEVEN Twitter accounts, FOUR Pinterest pages, and ONE Youtube page that all feature different aspects of Human Sciences Extension and Outreach in our region.

Check out this PDF with hot links for access directly to any or all of our social media pages in Human Sciences Extension and Outreach!

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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