Nutrition and health

Local contact

Pam Duitsman, MU Extension nutrition specialist serving Southwest Missouri


Quality for Keeps — A newsletter for those who produce and preserve food

Food preservation

MU Extension publication GH1451, Quality for Keeps — This is the introductory publication of the Quality for Keeps series.

National Center for Home Food Preservation — Your source for current research-based recommendations for most methods of home food preservation

USDA Complete Guide to Home Canning — 2009 edition available online, or order a printed version of the 196-page book

The "Ball Blue Book" of Preserving — This most comprehensive how-to book on food preservation features gourmet and special diet recipes, along with home canning classics and illustrated step-by-step instructions.

MU Extension publication MP909, Seasonal and Simple — A guide to help you select, store and prepare fresh fruits and vegetables
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More resources

SuperTracker — Track your foods and physical activities, and get your personalized nutrition and physical activity plan — An outline of what to eat each day for a healthful diet. Replaces the USDA Food Guide Pyramid

Food Safety Quick Answers — Search a listing of frequently-asked questions and answers from the state food and nutrition specialists at the University of Missouri

Your Guide to Diet and Diabetes — University of Illinois site covers food groups and eating right to maintain target blood glucose levels and cardiovascular health

Nutritive Value of Foods (USDA Handbook HG-72) (PDF) — This 103-page reference lists nutrient content of over 1,274 foods. Nutrients listed include water; calories; protein; total fat; saturated, monounsaturated, and polyunsaturated fatty acids; cholesterol; total dietary fiber; calcium; iron; potassium; sodium; vitamin A in IU and RE units; thiamin; riboflavin; niacin and ascorbic acid.

Healthy School Meals Resource System — Provides information to persons working in USDA's Child Nutrition Programs

WIC Learning Online — A series of 12 online modules designed to train all levels of nutrition educators working in the Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) Program. Approved as a self-study course by the American Dietetic Association

Nutrition and Your Health: Dietary Guidelines for Americans — Latest edition, released in 2015 by U.S. Departments of Health and Human Services and Agriculture

National Food Safety Database — A multi-state collection of consumer, industry and educator resources on food safety using research-based data. Includes USDA guidelines and recipes

Food Safety — Ohio State University site offers consumers, health professionals and those at high risk of food-borne illnesses easy-to-understand guidance for day-to-day living

USDA Food and Nutrition Information Center — Provides credible, accurate, and practical resources for nutrition and health professionals, educators, government personnel and consumers

Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics — Home food safety information in English and Spanish

USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service — Resources on food safety, regulations, recalls and food security

Nutrient Data Laboratory of USDA — Search the nutrient database, download software and learn about composition of foods