FOOD & NUTRITION
• Websites For Making Healthy Food Choices
Fruits and Veggies Matter
This site maintained by the Center of Disease Control has many neat interactive tools for evaluating and planning for healthy food choices.
Use this site to develop eating plans personalized for your activity level, age, and many other factors. There are interactive tools for evaluating food choices, and colorful age-appropriate information.
National Center for Health Statistics
U.S. Department of Health & Human Services
• Food Preservation
National Center for Home Food Preservation
This site provides USDA recommendations based on current research for most methods of food preservation. Included are canning freezing, drying, curing, smoking, fermenting, pickling, making jams, jellies and preserves. This is also the place to order your copy of "So Easy To Preserve." This 375-page book has over 185 tested, food-safe recipes with step-by-step instructions that will be a reliable resource for new and experienced food preservers. The National Center was developed with funding from the Cooperative State Research, Education and Extension Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture (CSREES-USDA) and is located at the University of Georgia.
• Links Regarding Food Preservation
Drying Foods at Home
University of Georgia Home Food Preservation Fact Sheets
Includes canning fruits, canning vegetables, jams, jellies, pickled products, sensational salsas, canning tomatoes/tomato products, jellies without sugar, and many more fact sheets
USDA Complete Guide to Home Canning
Utah State University Food Preservation Fact Sheets
• Food Safety
In the United States, approximately 76 million cases of food-borne illness occur each year. More than 325,000 people are hospitalized for food-borne illness and 5,000 will die from food-borne illness.
Following the four steps of Clean, Separate, Cook and Chill are essential for home food safety. These four steps used to be known as the "Fight Bac!" rules. The new message from USDA and the Partnership for Food Safety Education is "Be Food Safe: Harmful Bacteria Can Make People Sick."
• Websites & Publications on Food SafetyIndiana’s Emergency Food Resource Network
Addresses the educational needs of those who work to provide emergency food assistance throughout the state of Indiana. The website has a food assistance directory, newsletter, and resources for emergency food programs and the public.
Contact the HHS Extension educator in DeKalb County about the following programs for details. We would love to work with you!
Family Nutrition Program
This program is available to low income individuals and families in DeKalb County. Through programs in homes and community settings, participants develop the knowledge and skills in nutrition, meal planning, food purchasing, and food preparation/safety.
Have a Healthy Baby
Prenatal nutrition education program consisting of six lessons that emphasize nutrition and lifestyle choices — smoking, drinking, and drugs. The program is research-based and taught by trained, caring professionals. Offered periodically.
Drying Foods at Home
Freezing Fruit at Home
Freezing Vegetables at Home
Let's Preserve Apples
Let's Preserve Berries (Except Strawberries)
Let's Preserve Cherries
Let's Preserve Fruit Pie Fillings
Let's Preserve Jelly, Jam, Spreads
Let's Preserve Leafy Greens
Let's Preserve Peaches, Apricots, Nectarines
Let's Preserve Pears
Let's Preserve Peppers
Let's Preserve Pickles
Let's Preserve Sauerkraut
Let's Preserve Snap Beans
Let's Preserve Strawberries
Let's Preserve Sweet Corn
Let's Preserve Tomatoes
Spotlight on Cupboard Storage
Spotlight on Freezer Storage
Spotlight on Refrigerator Storage
• Personal and Family Fitness
The President's Council on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition
This site, for both youth and adults, will start you on the road to greater fitness and a more active lifestyle, while you earn awards from the President's Council. There is a link to the Let's Move campaign with helpful tips, tools and information to "raise a healthier generation of kids."
Hoosiers and their workplaces find a structure here for building improved health and fitness. Nutrition, weight loss, physical activity and tobacco cessation needs are among those topics addressed. You can even access a virtual trainer!