Food, Nutrition and Health

Local Highlights

February 16, 2015

March is Nutrition Month and an eating pattern that meets your nutrient needs within calorie limits is vital to maintaining good health and quality of life.  That’s why the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics is encouraging everyone to ‘Bite into a Healthy Lifestyle’ with informed choices.

January 21, 2015

– The prevalence of food allergies among children is rising. They have increased 18% in the last 10 years. Food allergies are more common among children, affecting 6-8% of children under age 4 whereas 4% of the adult population has food allergies. 

January 21, 2015

January marks the start of a new Live Healthy Iowa 10 Week Challenge.  The annual team-based weight loss and physical activity program encourages Iowans to make lifestyle changes to improve their health.  

December 5, 2014

People who make decisions about school meal programs need to understand the changing school environment, specifically school meal requirements and goals, nutrition education and children’s needs for physical activity. They’ll find that information in a newly revised publication from Iowa State University Extension and Outreach.

April 23, 2014

The Family Nutrition Program (FNP) is a FREE program available to families in Wright County to help parents provide nutritious food for their families, leading to healthy children and strong families.


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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