Healthy Living

Encouraging a healthy lifestyle

Healthy living is more than just eating right and exercising — though these are crucial factors. It also encompasses physical, emotional, and financial issues. Family health extends beyond your kids to your spouse, parents and grandparents. Here, you’ll get the information you need to safeguard your loved ones and keep your family unit strong.

Looking for information on one of these topics?

Iowa State University Extension has Web pages of information on:


Blog with our experts

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Online Lessons

Only have a few minutes? Get quick tips from these short lessons that will help you stay healthy.

Online Courses

For more indepth learning, try these online courses:

  • Homebuyer Education - Helps you decide if now is the right time to buy a home, prepare for the home buying process and shop for a mortgage that works for you.
  • Take Control of Your Money -  Web course that focuses on five key steps in managing money, with additional information on dealing with debt, building financial security and family communication about money.
  • PowerPay Your Debt Away -  A computer analysis can help you chart a course for debt reduction.



Going mobile

ISU SafeFood©

Use SafeFood© to quickly find the right temperature for safe eating.
Available for iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad

Download "SafeFood" from the Apple Store

4 Day Throw Away - Leftovers

Use the Leftovers app to check if the food in your friend is safe to eat.
Available for iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad

Download "Leftovers" from the Apple Store

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Powerful Tools for Caregivers

Through this program, ISU Extension and Outreach educates caregivers so they can take better care of themselves and provide better care to their loved ones.