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October 8, 2020

Crawford County voters will have the opportunity to elect four members of the Crawford County Extension Council during the Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2020, general election. Individuals successful in being elected will serve either a four year term. Extension council members are elected at large, and all voters in the county are eligible to vote for four candidates.

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October 8, 2020

Thirty-nine percent of all adult Americans are caring for an adult with a chronic health condition. Caregiving can be a stressful responsibility leading to poor health, mental distress and less life satisfaction for the caregiver. It can be challenging for caregivers to find the support that they need, says Barbara Dunn Swanson, a human sciences specialist with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach.

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October 7, 2020

Iowa State University Extension and Outreach in Crawford County will be hosting a ServSafe® food safety certification class in Denison on Tuesday, November 17. Ann Parker, Extension Nutrition and Wellness Specialist and registered dietitian, will be teaching the class. Parker is an experienced ServSafe® instructor and exam proctor.

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September 15, 2020

Due to COVID-19 concerns, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach will offer several online trainings for child care providers this fall. Each training will be offered at two different times and taught by ISU Extension and Outreach human sciences specialists.

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September 15, 2020

Iowa State University Extension and Outreach will provide virtual Mental Health First Aid trainings throughout fall 2020. Due to the increased stressors produced by the COVID-19 pandemic, drought conditions and the derecho, this virtual program will be offered to provide adults with tools they can use to identify when someone might be struggling with a mental health and/or substance use problem.

Statewide Resources

  • 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 - answer@iastate.edu

  • 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.

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    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.

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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!

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    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.

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