Food, Nutrition and Health

Local Highlights

February 27, 2017

Plans are in the works for the Plymouth County 4-H Foundation to host the Ready, Set, Glow with 4-H Fun Walk and 5K Run Fundraiser on Saturday, April 8th.  This event will kick off at the Plymouth County Fairgrounds.  There will be a 1 mile fun walk and a 5K run.    

March 22, 2017

Looking for ways to eat healthier, save money on food and reduce your stress?

March 6, 2017

Do you help take care of a child with special health and behavioral needs? If so, you are not alone. Over 43.5 million family caregivers in America provide a vast array of emotional, financial, nursing, social, homemaking and other services on a daily or an intermittent basis. 

March 1, 2017

The Plymouth County Extension Office has opening for a 4-H summer youth assistant.  

February 1, 2017

Registration will open at 5:00 p.m. on Feb. 5 for area 4th through 8th grade students to register to attend ‘Spring STEM Fest 2017’ hosted by Dordt College and Iowa State University (ISU) Extension and Outreach 4-H and Youth Programs. Spring STEM Fest 2017 will be held Saturday, Feb. 18 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Dordt College in Sioux Center.

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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