Nutrition and Physical Health
Iowans practice behaviors that lead to a high risk of obesity and increased incidences of heart disease, diabetes, cancer, and chronic diseases that can lead to disability and death. In Iowa, 25 percent of teens are overweight or obese and 49 percent do not exercise regularly. At 11.6 percent, Iowa surpasses the national average (10.6 percent) for food insecurity -- a lack of money or other resources to attain food. Extension programs provide education to improve these statistics.
Participants increase consumption of fruits and vegetables, decrease consumption of high fat foods, and increase physical activity.
Improve health outcomes for children in child care settings.
Increase employee participation in prevention programs to increase physical activity and health promoting dietary behaviors and increased employee practice of preventive health promoting (dietary and physical activity) behaviors.
Low-income participants reduce their health risks by increasing exercise, consumption of fruits and vegetables, whole grains, and low-fat dairy products. Families and youth strengthen communication, decision-making, and problem-solving skills to help obtain employment and nurture family relationships. Relationships between county extension and other agencies delivering families programming are strengthened.
Youth will have improved access to healthy foods through gardening and connecting with local foods; try new foods; increase fruit and vegetable consumption; engage in physical activities; and participate in and/or lead service learning activities to improve the health and well-being of people, food systems, and the environment.
Nutrition education about the new USDA's MyPlate and 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans.
Participants identify three strategies to stretch their food dollar while improving their nutrient density and awareness of the Spend Smart. Eat Smart. website.