Food, Nutrition and Health

Local Highlights

August 15, 2014

This month’s Iowa Learning Farms webinar, Aug. 20 at 11:30 a.m., features Ajay Nair with Iowa State University Department of Horticulture. He will discuss the use of cover crops in conjunction with vegetable production.

August 1, 2014

Onions, garlic and shallots can add a lot to the home gardening experience. Iowa State University Extension and Outreach horticulturists offer tips for harvesting, drying and storing these popular garden items. 

July 18, 2014

Iowa State University’s Research and Demonstration Farms will kick off its series of Demonstration Home Garden Field Days July 21 in southwest Iowa.

GMO
April 14, 2014
Misinformation about the safety of GMOs is 
widespread today, especially on the Internet.
Dr. Ruth MacDonald, professor and chair of
the department of food science and human
nutrition at Iowa State University, answers
some common questions about GMOs.
Canning
March 31, 2014

Preserve the Taste of Summer - Home food preservation isn't difficult, but it does require following specific directions exactly.

Statewide Resources

  • Many consumers don’t realize how quickly leftovers can become unsafe.  Watch the videos and download the 4-Day Throw Away app to learn about the dangers of foodborne illnesses and the four-day guideline for eating, freezing or throwing away leftovers.
     

  • 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. Raising Healthy Kids 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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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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