Food, Nutrition and Health

Local Highlights

June 18, 2020

In recent years, a number of the cruciferous vegetables, including cauliflower, have been hailed as "super foods." These vegetables have risen in popularity because of the phytonutrients they contain. Phytonutrients are plant-based compounds that may help lower inflammation and reduce the risk of cancer.

June 10, 2020

The nutrition/wellness and horticulture teams at Iowa State University Extension and Outreach continue the quickinar videos with garden maintenance and food preservation.

June 10, 2020

Iowa’s commercial horticulture industry contributes $48 million to the state’s economy each year and provides fresh fruits and vegetables to Iowa consumers. Recognizing the value of this segment of agriculture, Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds has designated June 22-26, 2020, as Iowa Fruit and Vegetable Week.

June 8, 2020

Certain professions, such as farming, emergency response and military service, have unique challenges and stressors. Such challenges can produce both short-term and long-term impacts. And now, Iowa’s communities and families are coping with additional stressors related to the imposed isolation and economic conditions produced by the COVID-19 pandemic.

May 28, 2020

Have you ever been told to eat your vegetables? If so, you've received good advice. Vegetable gardening provides a sense of pride associated with putting food on your table. In addition, there is nothing like the taste of fresh picked vegetables.

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 -

  • 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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