Food, Nutrition and Health

Local Highlights

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June 6, 2019

There is a new and friendly face in the Crawford County Extension office.  Charter Oak, Iowa farmer and teacher Tina Gress began her work as the Crawford County Program Coordinator on June 3, 2019.As Program Coordinator, Tina will have the responsibility of coordinating Crawford County Extension programs delivered by Iowa State University Extension and Outreach.

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April 25, 2019

A series focused on strategies for using your time, money and skills wisely to save money and prepare nutritios, safe foods.

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February 14, 2019

Healthy nutrition and physical activity behaviors need to begin early during the preschool years. Research suggests some health behaviors can be established before children begin school and the childcare setting can play an important and influential role. Iowa State University Extension and Outreach offers child care provider training, which is approved by the Department of Human Services. 

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December 6, 2018

So often we are told: “Don’t eat that, eat this!”  Focusing on restrictions can make eating stressful and lead to negative feelings surrounding food.

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December 6, 2018

During the holiday season, don’t forget to make time for family meals. Children who often eat dinner with their families are more likely to do well in school, have positive peer relationships, and resist the harmful effects of substance abuse. In addition, regular family mealtime improves communication and nutrition, builds stronger family bonds, and is an opportunity for parents to teach important skills to their children. Furthermore, meals prepared at home are often less expensive and more nutrient rich.

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.

  • Buy. Eat. Live Healthy

    The Buy. Eat. Live Healthy is a free program 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!

  • Answer Line

    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

  • 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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