Food, Nutrition and Health

Local Highlights

June 2, 2020

Nutrition and wellness specialists with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach provide quickinar videos for ‘Healthy and Homemade’ meals while saving money and time in the kitchen. 

Many of us are preparing and eating more meals at home. Spending more time in the kitchen than you prefer? Spending more money at the grocery store too?

Learn strategies to manage your time and budget in the kitchen. These tried and true strategies are not only useful during a pandemic, but all the time! Who does not want to serve great-tasting, nutritious meals that do not require a lot of time or money?

Learn more about the 10 - 15 minute Quickinars!
 

May 12, 2020

Gardening to Give
All Iowans Growing a #StrongIowa

FOR ALL IOWANS! Master Gardeners too!


Feed your club, community, country, and world with weekly, hands-on, and research-based challenges and learning opportunities focused on gardening and growing, designed for all ages and abilities. By working together across the state to grow gardens, we can not only provide food for our loved ones, but we can donate our harvest to food pantries while engaging in the gardening experience. We are working across Extension to share information and learning opportunities for all of Iowa, and Gardening to Give is the youth-focused program for this opportunity.

The Gardening to Give program will run from May 15th-October 30th, 2020. Register for gardening and growing research-based weekly challenges and learning information.

Gardening to Give in a Snapshot.   Register HERE!

Pledge your hands to larger service by growing a garden with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach and Iowa 4-H Youth Development. Weekly challenges and learning information will come to your inbox after registering. Use #4HGrowNShow on social media to show off your work and tell us about your gardening experience with photos, numbers, and progress here: www.bit.ly/GardenHarvest2020

October 22, 2019


See the tested and researched Apple Recipes from the National Center for Home Food Preservation. Thanks to Jill Weber for sharing her demonstration. See recipes here!

October 21, 2019

Thank You to Jill Weber, Human Sciences Specialist, for teaching Extension, Food Corps and NFNEP staff the safe and correct way to can salsa! And for sharing her home for the class. For questions you can contact Jill at: jrweber@iastate.edu

It is important to use a tested or researched based recipe when canning homemade salsa.

The reason being, the ratio of low acid vegetables (tomatoes, peppers, onion and garlic) to acid (lemon juice, lime juice, or vinegar) has not been tested in a non-research based recipe. Recipes that have been tested will have enough acid to prevent the growth of the botulism bacteria and provide a safe product that everyone can enjoy straight from the canning jar. View the TEST Salsa Recipe here: Recipe from National Center for Home Food Preservation https://nchfp.uga.edu/how/can_salsa/chile_salsa.html 
Another great resource: Iowa StateExtension and Outreach Brochure, Preserve the Taste of Summer - Canning and Freezing: Tomatoes PM638 https://store.extension.iastate.edu/product/3990            See more instructions here:

March 19, 2019

In cooperation with the Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach will provide viewing for the Farmers Market Nutrition Program 2019 webinar training for new and returning farmers market vendors March 28 or April 11. Read more

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.

  • EFNEP and SNAP-Ed are free programs that help parents provide nutritious food for their families, leading to healthy children and strong families

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    Human Sciences Extension and Outreach is all over the social media networks. Stay in touch with us through our blogs, Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest!

  • Answer Line

    Get answers to your home and family questions from the specialists at AnswerLine. Connect with them on the phone, email, or Facebook for information about cleaning, food preparation, preservation, and safety, home, equipment, nutrition, and laundry. 1-800-262-3804 or - answer@iastate.edu

  • Keep your family or your customers safe by following these food safety tips for foodservice operators, consumers, and educators.

  • Interested in canning, freezing, and dehydrating foods? Join our 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.

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