Food, Nutrition and Health

Local Highlights

5 jars of strawberry jam
July 6, 2021

Increased home food preservation is leading to shortages of canning jars and lids in some areas. Whether you can find canning supplies locally or online, ISU Extension and Outreach nutrition and wellness specialists recommend these tips on lids for safe and successful home canning

older man and woman looking at one another
June 9, 2021

Elizabeth Stegemoller, Sara Sprouse

Growing older is the greatest risk factor for acquiring Parkinson’s disease and many people live with symptoms for several years before being diagnosed. To learn about Parkinson’s disease, its effects and possible treatments, register now to participate in “A Journey through Parkinson’s Disease,” an online, educational series from Iowa State University Extension and Outreach.

2 people with grocery cart full of vegetables beside a Growing Together sign
February 16, 2021

Communities across Iowa will receive Master Gardener Mini-Grants to support food security and promote healthy food access.

Man and woman in kitchen
February 4, 2021

AMES, Iowa – Health often is the key factor in whether people can remain in their home as they grow older. Beginning Feb. 17, Iowa State University is offering a free online series to help Iowans remain healthy and independent as they age.

jars of preserved food on pantry shelf
May 22, 2020

To help Iowans safely preserve foods, ISU Extension and Outreach is hosting a virtual Food Preservation 101 course. Food Preservation 101 is a general overview that highlights the key information Iowans need to know to get started preserving food at home.

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.

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