Food, Nutrition and Health

Local Highlights

May 2, 2021

The Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) along with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach and University of Iowa announce their collaboration to host information sessions about the COVID-19 vaccine later this month. The sessions will provide a virtual forum for Iowans to learn about the safety and efficacy of COVID-19 vaccines and have an opportunity to ask questions of medical experts.

March 10, 2021

Fayette County 4-H Council hosted a project workshop helping 4-H members prepare “Healthy Snacks.” The group of participants, six youth, 4th through 8th grade, were very interested in learning how to select healthy recipes, how to properly measure ingredients and how to mix ingredients together. The participants were thrilled that they each got to mix up their own recipe to take home to share with their family members to enjoy!

October 9, 2020

Fayette County 4-H'ers and community members "Walked for Wellness" on October 7 as part of the state’s healthiest walk initiative. Michele Kelly, Fayette County Youth Coordinator states, “Although we were a rather small group, believe me we were nothing but mighty as the 6 individuals trekked over 2 miles, within an hour.” Registration began at the Extension Office in Fayette.  The group decided that the route we would be walking would be Fayette’s west trail. The group left from behind the Fayette County Extension Office, headed towards the trail passing by the newly painted Freedom Rock and out to Klocks Island park located on the west edge of Fayette along Hwy 93. We swooped the park loop, got back on the trail and headed back to the office. Andy, a member of the Harlan Fremont 4-H club and his parents joined the group and as we returned Andy replied, “This was the best day ever. You picked a great day to conduct this walk.” Others chimed in and agreed with him.

Pedometers were made available by Iowa 4-H and given to the participants. Michele Kelly encourages others to stop in at the Extension Office, 218 South Main, Fayette to pick up one of the leftover pedometers. 

Pictured: Katrina Lane, Andy Nelson, Michael Mahoney, LeAnn Popenhagen, Patricia Baumler and Michele Kelly

May 11, 2020

Over the past several weeks, many Iowans have been self-isolating to protect themselves and their communities from COVID-19. However, self-isolation can lead to increased loneliness and social isolation, particularly for older adults, according to Jeongeun Lee, an Iowa State University assistant professor and extension specialist in human development and family studies.  Because older adults are at high risk for severe illness from COVID-19, self-isolation is important for their safety during this pandemic. At the same time, social connection is important for their wellbeing.  “During ordinary times, any regular contact with family, neighbors, friends, faith communities and social services – such as meal delivery or home care assistance – can serve as important points of social contact and support. These can be a lifeline for social connection,” Lee said.

April 8, 2020

The outbreak of COVID 19, a disease caused by the new coronavirus, and closure of dine-in eating establishments have prompted many Iowans to cook at home for family meals. However, some have also found they were missing a few ingredients for some of their favorite recipes.

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.

  • EFNEP and SNAP-Ed are free programs that help parents provide nutritious food for their families, leading to healthy children and strong families

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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!

  • 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

  • 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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