Food, Nutrition and Health

Local Highlights

January 23, 2020

Horticulturist Patrick O’Malley will be speaking about fruit trees that are adaptable to Southern Iowa including apple, pear, plum, cherry peach and even pawpaw!

January 23, 2020

Horticulturist field specialist Patrick O’Malley will be presenting a class on how to choose, plant, tend to and nurture raspberries, strawberries, blackberries and blueberries. Join us to ensure that you have a bountiful harvest of berries of your own!!

January 15, 2020

Produce Safety Alliance courses will be held across the state during Fall 2019 and Winter 2020.

January 8, 2020

Food and nutrition exhibits involve fun and engaging food science and nutrition experiments. Exhibits should be prepared with food safety in mind. Using unsafe ingredients or recipes could cause judges who evaluate exhibits to become ill. Plan ahead for a successful fair experience. Use these guidelines to help you select an acceptable product for exhibit, find an approved recipe source, and identify the appropriate preparation method. 

July 29, 2019

Meet Sara Sprouse in August's Extension Spotlight!

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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