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

Participants will understand whom to seek medical care from if they, or someone they know, experience symptoms of Parkinson’s Disease (PD). Participants will learn about activities and tools that can aid in addressing PD symptoms.

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

Improve health outcomes for children in child care settings.

Healthy and Homemade

A series focused on strategies for using your time, money and skills wisely to save money and prepare nutritious and safe foods.

Is it Whole Grain?

Participants will be able to identify three health benefits of eating whole grains, define whole grain, and use a 3-step whole grain identification process.

Latinos Living Well

During this four-week program, participants will learn how to improve their health and stay fit by: (a) Discovering the types of foods that keep the body healthy; (b) Learning how to shop smarter; (c) Preparing and tasting great-tasting foods in class; and (d) Learning how to build physical activity into your day.


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

Participants will learn about the health benefits of eating well and moving more, sample healthy, tasty, low-cost recipes, and exchange ideas with peers to help them meet health goals.

What About Me? My Wellbeing

Enhance adult individual wellbeing and quality of life in ways that are personally meaningful to participants.