Food, Nutrition and Health

Local Highlights

March 6, 2018

Healthy habits and tasty meals that meet dietary guidelines are the focus of a workshop planned for families in March at the Extension office. 

Circle of Wellbeing
February 15, 2018

A program designed to enhance adult individual wellbeing and quality of life in ways that are personally meaningful to participants.  Attend just one or all in the's up to you!



$10 Challenge Information
January 22, 2018
Cooking Matters at the Store is a VIRTUAL guided grocery store tour that teaches participants to get the
most nutrition for their food dollar.
Cooking Matters at the Store ends with the $10 Challenge, an activity where participants use
the skills they learned to buy a healthy meal for a family of four, for under $10.
August 31, 2017

Online courses provide a convenient continuing education option for early childhood professionals, says Cindy Thompson, a human sciences specialist in the area of family life with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach.

pressure canner
August 22, 2017

Did you know that your pressure canner should be tested every year?  Dial guage pressure canners can become inaccurate over time.  Now, you can bring your canner lid in to the Chickasaw County Extension Office to be tested!

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 -

  • 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.

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