Food, Nutrition and Health

Local Highlights

October 2, 2019

Times have changed since great grandma was canning for her family.

October 1, 2019

Human Sciences Extension and Outreach newsletter encourages positive life-style changes in nutrition and wellness

January 25, 2018

Congratulations! Rachel Wall, Human Sciences Specialist, Nutrition and Wellness 
4-H Legacy Awards 
Outstanding Young Alum: Rachel Wall
Starting from her days working with 4-H Nutrition projects, Rachel Wall has become an influential dietian in Eastern Iowa, now working for ISU Extension & Outreach. Rachel actively promotes healthy lifestyles through her work with schools and community health.

September 6, 2016

The University of Wisconsin–Madison published research saying that an Atmospheric Steam Canner is safe to use for home canning of acidic foods such as fruits, or acidified foods such as salsa or pickles, as long as the following guidelines are observed.

August 1, 2016

The ServSafe certification meets the new food safety rules that were adopted by the Iowa Department of Inspection and Appeals and went into effect January 1, 2014. Health inspectors are best suited to interpret these rulings.

Statewide Resources

  • 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

  • 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.

  • Keep your family or your customers safe by following these food safety tips for foodservice operators, consumers, and educators.

  • 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

  • Interested in canning, freezing, and dehydrating foods? Join our hands-on workshops to learn and practice safe food preservation techniques.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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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