Health and Well Being Programs

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Nutrition and Physical Health

Iowans practice behaviors that lead to a high risk of obesity and increased incidences of heart disease, diabetes, cancer, and chronic diseases that can lead to disability and death. In Iowa, 28 percent of teens are overweight or obese and 49 percent are not physically active on a regular basis. At 12 percent, food insecurity (a lack of money or other resources to attain food) in Iowa is slightly less than the national average (13 percent). Extension programs provide education to improve these statistics.

A Journey Through Parkinson’s Disease

If you’re struggling with Parkinson’s disease or know someone who is, it’s helpful to know where to find support on the journey. Learn about the causes and symptoms of Parkinson’s disease, and how treatments work, as well as therapeutic activities to do at home.

Buy. Eat. Live Healthy

Participants with low-income reduce their health risks by increasing exercise, consumption of fruits and vegetables, whole grains, and low-fat dairy products. Families and youth strengthen communication, decision-making, and problem-solving skills to help obtain employment and nurture family relationships. Relationships between county extension and other agencies delivering families programming are strengthened.

Child Care Provider Nutrition Training

Learn about healthy, affordable food choices and physical activities you can offer for children in your care.

Healthy and Homemade

It is possible to save time and money and still prepare foods at home that are healthy and tasty. Whether you cook for one or for a few, you will learn and practice strategies for using time, money, and skills wisely when you eat at home.

Is it Whole Grain?

Is it a whole grain? This is a good question to ask as you make food choices. Learn how to identify whole grain foods and ways to add them to your meals. Discover the three steps to three servings of whole grains and experience tasting whole grain foods.   

Latinos Living Well

¡Bienvenidos! You are invited to learn how to improve your health and stay fit to reduce diabetes, heart disease, and obesity. Discover the foods that keep your body healthy, make and taste foods in class, learn how to shop smarter, and practice ways to be more physically active. You can do it! Make changes today for a healthier tomorrow!


Nutrition education about the new USDA's MyPlate and 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans.

Spend Smart. Eat Smart.

Participants identify three strategies to stretch their food dollar while improving their nutrient density and awareness of the Spend Smart. Eat Smart. website.

Stay Independent: A Healthy Aging Series

It’s never too early — or too late — to set realistic goals for eating well and moving more. Learn the health benefits of eating well and how to strengthen your muscles to stay independent for life. Sample healthy, tasty, and low-cost food and trade tips with peers.  

What About Me? My Wellbeing

Engage in hands-on learning to enhance your wellbeing and quality of life in ways that are personally meaningful to you. Learn strategies for taking time for yourself, building relationships, and improving physical and financial health.