Food, Nutrition and Health

Local Highlights

September 18, 2020

Ruth Litchfield, Suzanne Bartholomae

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.

August 12, 2020

August 11, 2020, 2:48 pm | Shannon M. Coleman, Anirudh Naig, Angela Shaw

When the electricity has been out for several hours or longer, Iowans rightly wonder whether the food in their refrigerators and freezers is still safe to eat. Food safety and nutrition and wellness specialists with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach share some key considerations for safely handling these food items.

May 29, 2020

Interested in canning, freezing, and dehydrating? Don’t use your grandmother’s recipe! Ensure a safe product by following researchbased, tested recipes. 

March 17, 2020

Lesia Oesterreich, a family life specialist with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, offers ways that parents can help their children cope with frightening events in the news.

March 17, 2020

Three Iowa State University Extension and Outreach specialists recommend one simple and important method for combating COVID-19: Properly wash your hands.

Tips from Spend Smart Eat Smart

Spice Cupboard Spring Cleaning      


  Interested in canning, freezing or dehydrating - here is a great reference - Food Preservation Resources

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 -

  • 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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