Food, Nutrition and Health

Local Highlights

Four pressure canned jars of vegetables
June 19, 2018

Preserve your summer bounty through pressure canning! ISU Extension and Outreach human sciences specialist, Holly VanHeel will walk you through how to safely use your pressure canner, strategies for different recipes and answer your questions about canning!

Cherry Tomatoes in Bins at a Farmers Market
May 10, 2018

Join Lisa Schainker, a Story County Master Gardener, to learn about extending your vegetable crop season!  The session begins at 6:00pm on June 21 at the Story County Extension Office.

Water Rocks! Rain Barrel
March 12, 2018

Thirteen youth participated in the Water Rocks! day camp program March 8.  The program was held at the Story County Conservation Center at McFarland Par near Ames.

Stressed Man
February 21, 2018

Farm life with its country setting often is idealized, but as the complications and pace of agriculture have increased, so have the physical and mental demands on farmers. It’s set up for stress that cannot be ignored, says Malisa Rader, an Iowa State University Extension and Outreach family life program specialist.

Participants at Kids in the Kitchen
February 19, 2018

Kids in the Kitchen was held at the Colo Community Center February 12 in a partnership with ISU Extension and Outreach – Story County and the Colo Public Library.

Local Resources

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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.

  • Safe Food

    Keep your family or your customers safe by following these food safety tips. The Food Safety Project offers resources 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

  • Preserve the Taste of Summer

    Interested in canning, freezing, and dehydrating foods? Join our food preservation program available online and through 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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