Food, Nutrition and Health

Local Highlights

Disaster scene
August 26, 2020

Considering all the catastrophes that Iowa is currently facing, it is fitting that the United States Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has named September "National Preparedness Month."

Canned Pickles
June 11, 2020

Love that fresh garden produce but have more than you can eat?  Preserve it!  It's not difficult, but you do need to follow safe methods.  You'll learn how to can, freeze, and dry foods safely at home.

Cherry Tomatoes
June 5, 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.

Grocery store shopper
April 9, 2020

Best practices while grocery shopping during the COVID-19 pandemic is a hot topic in the media, note food safety and nutrition and wellness specialists with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach.  Angela Shaw, Anirudh Naig and Shannon Coleman want Iowans to know some key considerations to safely shop for groceries and stay well.

Healthy Meal
April 6, 2020

As we learn more about this deadly virus, we question the impact it may have on our food supply.  Here are some of the questions that people have, along with answers from the FDA.

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

  • social media icons

    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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