Food, Nutrition and Health

Local Highlights

June 1, 2020

Beginning June 1, our office staff will return to working from our county office Monday - Friday 8:00 am to 12:00 pm and 12:30 pm to 4:30 pm. Staff will be working but our doors will be locked. Community members can call (712) 335-3103 to set up a time to enter our office as needed with only one community member being inside at that time. Thank you for your continued help as we work differently to ensure the safety of all Iowans.

July 4, 2020

As gardeners begin to harvest their bounty, they should consider these food safety tips from Iowa State University Extension and Outreach.

June 23, 2020

It is said that prevention is the best medicine, and that is the goal of a new partnership between Iowa State University Extension and Outreach and the Iowa Heart Center Foundation. The foundation will provide support for SWITCH, an evidence-based, school wellness initiative designed to help schools promote healthy lifestyles for youth.

June 17, 2020

In recent years, a number of the cruciferous vegetables, including cauliflower, have been hailed as "super foods." These vegetables have risen in popularity because of the phytonutrients they contain. Phytonutrients are plant-based compounds that may help lower inflammation and reduce the risk of cancer.

June 4, 2020

The newest Sow, Grow, Eat and Keep video from ISU Extension and Outreach talks about growing strawberries and making freezer jam.


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.

  • The Value Added Agriculture Program (VAAP) provides unbiased, science-based information to help establish or expand agricultural-related businesses in Iowa.

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