Food, Nutrition and Health

Local Highlights

June 16, 2017

Bike-N-Bite is a community bike event that celebrates local food in Siouxland. Connect on two wheels with folks who are excited about fresh, local flavors! Bike around Siouxland biting into free samples of locally-grown food prepared by area restaurants, vendors and shops.

June 2, 2017

A five session learning experience for kids who have completed Kindergarten and 1st grade, Kids in the Kitchen will give your child hands-on kitchen experience, with knowledge of the 5 basic food groups and how to prepare them from locally-grown foods!

May 12, 2017

Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, with the help of the Rising Star Interns, is proud to present an all-day camp for children! Your child will grow their gardening knowledge, cooking skills and enthusiasm for healthy living by learning garden basics in our teaching garden, exploring healthy food choices and preparing their own snacks and lunches, and participating in fitness activities with local high school star athletes. We will also be teaching children how to make their own drawstring bag and superhero mask. While the camp is planned in part by Woodbury County 4-H, it is open to all children who have completed kindergarten through third grade, not just 4-H’ers!

January 10, 2014

Iowa State University Extension - Woodbury County is excited to announce that a new building is in the works!  The building will help Woodbury County Extension better meet the needs of the residents of Woodbury County and the region. 

December 4, 2013

Local foods are making an economic impact in Iowa. In fact, sales of food produced in northwest Iowa added $312,441 to the local economy in 2012 as reported by eighteen farmers in the northwest region.

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.

Share |