Food, Nutrition and Health

Local Highlights

July 10, 2017

Join us to support Pocahontas County 4-H Endowment 11th Annual Pie Auction!

July 10, 2017

 The Pocahontas County 4-H & FFA programs would like to invite you to the 2017 Fair Auction!!

July 7, 2017

Humboldt County Extension and Outreach will be holding Grocery Store Tours with Fareway in Humboldt. A guided grocery store tour teaching skills for buying healthy foods on a budget. Want to save money at the store? Want to buy healthy food for your family? Need some tasty and healthy recipes?

June 8, 2017

Women, Land and Legacy Buena Vista and Pocahontas Counties Presents a Learning Session a “Crop Walk” with Paul Kassel, ISU Extension and Outreach Field Agronomist. This Learning Session with be held at the Kahl’s and Ecker’s Farm (5647 60th Ave. Alta, IA). On Friday, June 30, 2017 at 10am. To register, please contact Holly Frerk, Program Coordinator at Pocahontas County Extension and Outreach Office at 712-335-3103 or email hfrerk@iastate.edu.

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.


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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