Home and Family

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 series...it's up to you!



January 26, 2018

Caregiving Relationships: Conversations on Aging  is a program for adult children supporting their aging caregiver parents. 

$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.
January 5, 2018

Did you know?

71.6% of Iowa tested homes have radon above the EPA action level.  This is highest in the US (5 out of 7)
Radon is the No. 2 leading cause of lung cancer.
The average radon test levels in all 99 Iowa counties exceed the recommended radon mitigation level. (IA Dept.           Public Health)
The EPA recommends that every home be tested for radon.

Families Newsletter

Science of Parenting Resources

IowaDepartment of Human Services

Television Digital Signal - click here for information on your television signal changes.

Iowa Utilities Board - click on consumer info

Septic System Design and Maintenance



Statewide Resources

  • 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

  • Help children succeed at school by creating a home environment that promotes learning.  Find out how developing routines, setting limits, and providing good nutrition can help.

  • A 24-hour resource for legal, finance, crisis and disaster and personal health issues, Iowa Concern provides access to an attorney for legal education, stress counselors, and information and referral services.

  • A national resource that brings quality, research-based information to families at the time it can be most useful and make the biggest difference in their lives.

  • Powerful Tools for Caregivers

    A series of classes designed to empower family caregivers of older adults to take better care of themselves. Learn more about the six-week series and find a class near you.

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

  • Find reliable, high quality, research-based information for professionals and parents in CYFERNet’s clearinghouse of the best children, youth and family resources of all the public land-grant universities in the country.

  • Are you an early childhood professional that provides care and education in your home, a center or a school? Check out our programs, resources, and trainings available to help you be the best early childhood professional you can be.

  • Parenting can be fun, enjoyable and stressful! Check out our blog and podcasts for the latest research based information and resources to help parents in their important role of raising children.

  • Articles from Ag & Biosystems Engineering for housing issues.

  • Specialists have compiled a list of resources to help you prepare for and recover from natural disasters. Remember to take care of yourself and your family first; then deal with the things lost to the disaster.

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