Food, Nutrition and Health

Local Highlights

Taco with lime
January 24, 2019

Healthy and Homemade is a nutrition and cooking series designed to help participants learn to save money while preparing great-tasting and healthy meals. Workshops will be held Wednesdays Feb. 6, 13, and 20 from 6:30-8:30 pm at Johnston Middle School.

Cookies on tray
January 24, 2019

ISU Extension and Outreach, Polk County to host an evening of nutrition education Tuesday, Feb. 12th from 6:30-8:30 pm at Urbandale High School. Participants will make healthy recipes to give as gifts to loved ones in time for Valentine's Day. 

Now hiring
January 4, 2019

The Department of Human Sciences Extension and Outreach with Iowa State University is seeking qualified applicants for the position of Extension Program Assistant I to serve in Polk County. 

November 15, 2018

A celebration of winter vegetables!

September 11, 2018

Register for ‘Stay Independent’ Nutrition and Wellness Program offered around Central Iowa
“Stay Independent” is a four-session nutrition and wellness program offered through Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, Polk County for adults age 60 and older. 

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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