Food, Nutrition and Health

Local Highlights

January 9, 2018

Are you looking for a way to help keep the Winter Blues as bay? Are you ready to tackle a fitness New Year’s Resolution? Do you need a little extra motivation to help keep you and your family active despite the cold weather? Check out the NE Iowa Beat the Blues Winter Marathon!

January 9, 2018

Beat the Blues Winter Marathon starts Sunday.....Keep track of your outdoor activity from Jan 7 to -March 3 for your chance to win a fun raffle prize!

December 27, 2017

The new Words on Wellness newsletter has lots of helpful hints including how to make your own salad dressing.

Help Wanted!
December 12, 2017

Unique opportunity for the right team member!

August 31, 2017

Online courses provide a convenient continuing education option for early childhood professionals, says Cindy Thompson, a human sciences specialist in the area of family life with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach.

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.

  • The Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP), Family Nutrition Program (FNP), and Loving Your Family-IA  are FREE programs that help parents provide nutritious food for their families, leading to healthy children and strong families

  • 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.

  • Human Sciences Extension and Outreach is all over the social media networks. Stay in touch with us through our blogs, Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest!

  • 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 -

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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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