Food, Nutrition and Health

Local Highlights

July 22, 2021

Iowa State University Extension and Outreach in Pocahontas County will be hosting a ServSafe® food safety certification class in Pocahontas on September 21st. Holly VanHeel, Human Sciences Extension and Outreach Specialist, will be teaching the class. VanHeel has been a ServSafe® instructor since 2010 and has trained over 2,000 food service professionals in ServSafe®.

March 4, 2021

The Dietary Guidelines for Americans now include recommendations by life stage. ISU Extension and Outreach provides continuing education opportunities for child care providers and this spring, two training opportunities focus on feeding infants and toddlers. 

February 24, 2021

Iowa State University Extension and Outreach supports Iowa Food Hub Managers Working Group and local food in schools during the pandemic.

January 27, 2021

One month into the new year, many people may be ready to give up on their resolutions to improve their eating habits for better health. However, the newly updated Nutrition Facts label can help you change your habits and keep your resolution, says Jody Gatewood, nutrition state specialist with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach.

January 25, 2021

An Iowa Learning Farms webinar on Wednesday, Jan. 27, at noon will feature preliminary results from a survey about rural Iowa’s drinking water quality.

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.

  • The Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Farm, Food and Enterprise Development Program supports value-added agriculture enterprises, businesses and regional food systems through research, education and community engagement.

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