Food, Nutrition and Health

Local Highlights

May 15, 2017

Want to learn the fine art of canning, freezing and drying fruits and vegetables?  Iowa State University (ISU) Extension and Outreach in Pocahontas County is offering a program that will benefit both beginning and experienced preservers.  Food Preservation 101 will be held Thursday, June 15, 2017.

May 12, 2017

Iowans have new tools to help them eat healthy and stick to a tight budget. “Spend Smart. Eat Smart.” from Iowa State University Extension and Outreach offers a redesigned website and new companion mobile app for use at the grocery store.

May 9, 2017

Agritourism is a growing contributor to the travel and tourism sectors of the Iowa economy, with 275 farms reporting more than $4.3 million in total agritourism and recreational services income, according to the 2012 USDA Census of Agriculture. May 7 – 13, 2017 is National Travel and Tourism Week and there are a myriad of ways to take part in agribusinesses across the state.

April 20, 2017

A traditional home garden is a popular way to grow vegetables, but it’s far from the only way. Growing vegetable plants in containers can also produce a bountiful crop, although care must be taken to ensure meaningful growth.

April 19, 2017

Iowans who want to protect their ash trees have options for a brief time this spring. However, the options apply only to valuable and healthy ash trees within 15 miles of a known infestation of emerald ash borer.


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.

  • The Value Added Agriculture Program (VAAP) provides unbiased, science-based information to help establish or expand agricultural-related businesses in Iowa.

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