Food and Nutrition Education
Together with our millions of supporters, the American Cancer Society (ACS) saves lives by helping people stay well and get well, by finding cures, and by fighting back. The American Cancer Society is a nationwide, community-based voluntary health organization dedicated to eliminating cancer as a major health problem.
Athletics for Education and Success (AFES) is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization that strives to help the youth and families of Fort Dodge and Webster County by providing hope and motivation for them. We aim to do this by any means necessary, giving the youth and parents the power to decide what they need, want and what may help them be successful. We offer our youth after-school programs, sports teams, mentoring groups, drum line groups, educational and cultural opportunities and much more. In addition to providing exceptional programming, we provide our youth with a sense of belonging and the determination to succeed.
Elderbridge Agency on Aging provides support for the elderly, their families and caregivers. Our mission is to enable older Iowans to live with dignity, well being and independence. Our services include Elder Rights Specialists, a Senior Nutrition Program, Family Caregiver Support, Case Management, Senior Medicare Patrol along with Information and assistance and options counselors.
Family Foundations is a family support service available to all pregnant women and families with children up to age five in Calhoun, Pocahontas and Webster Counties. This is a free service provided by the Webster County Health Department. Nurses and family support workers can come to your home or an alternate location and provide information on pregnancy, new baby, toddler growth & development, family life skills and help you find available resources based on your family’s needs.
The Family Nutrition Program is a free program for households with children ages 10 and under and is put on by Iowa State University Extension & Outreach – Webster County. The program provides education on nutrition and healthy eating, food budgeting, saving money at the grocery store, hands-on cooking and food tasting, physical activity and free gifts. Graduates receive certificate and color cookbook. Lessons can be provided in the home. This series also satisfies 16 continuing education credit hours to qualifying childcare providers. Available in Webster and Humboldt Counties.
SNAP offers nutrition assistance to millions of eligible, low-income individuals and families and provides economic benefits to communities. SNAP is the largest program in the domestic hunger safety net. The Food and Nutrition Service works with State agencies, nutrition educators, and neighborhood and faith-based organizations to ensure that those eligible for nutrition assistance can make informed decisions about applying for the program and can access benefits. FNS also works with State partners and the retail community to improve program administration and ensure program integrity.
Gateway to Discovery is a nonprofit organization that has established a two-year residential faith-based recovery program to support women in their rise from the depths of chemical addiction, homelessness and related struggles. It offers a long-term sanctuary as a haven from the social, psychological and economic factors that drive women to desperate means for survival–along with an array of support services and educational opportunities, at no cost to them. They learn social and other life skills crucial to maintaining sobriety and becoming independent contributing members of society. It is based on the simple premise that “Love Changes Lives.”
UnityPoint Health – Trinity is a licensed 200 bed nonprofit hospital that serves Fort Dodge and surrounding communities. As a designated regional referral center, Trinity offers you and your family a wide range of primary and secondary care services. We employ over 1,000 healthcare professionals, technicians, and employees and boast a medical staff of 65 physicians. Trinity is accredited by DNV Healthcare Inc. and has achieved Pathway to Excellence designation by the American Nurses Credentialing Center.
Provides public health programs, home health services, nursing care, health counseling and immunizations and vaccinations. Additional services also include screenings, CPR/First Aid classes, nutrition programs, environmental health services, senior health, adolescent mental health, communicable diseases, maternal health, child health, developmental screenings, Breast & Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program and a child care nurse consultant program. Other programs managed by the Webster County Health Department include: Family Foundations, Healthy and Well Kids in Iowa (Hawk-i), I-Smile Dental Health, Prescriptions for Kids, Teen Information Pregnancy Prevention Program (TIPP), Tobacco/Smoking Cessation Program, Webster County Family Planning Clinic and the Women, Infants & Children (WIC) Program.
Call the Health Department with questions Monday through Friday from 8 AM to 4:30 PM. An on-call nurse is also available 24/7 for questions/concerns.
WIC is the nation’s public health nutrition program for pregnant and breastfeeding women, infants and children under 5 years old. WIC is designed to designed to strengthen families by influencing lifetime nutrition and healthy behaviors in a specific high-risk population and provides nutrition counseling and education, breastfeeding promotion and support, checks to buy nutritious foods, immunizations and dental health screenings. This program is managed locally by the Webster County Health Department.
The agency provides home-based services for pregnant women, infants and toddlers and center-based preschool services for 3 and 4 year olds. Services address health, nutrition and language development; social-emotional, physical and cognitive development. Programs support school readiness and family well-being. In providing services, Y.O.U.R., Inc. relies on additional community resource agencies to assist families in moving toward self-sufficiency and to help children reach their full potential. Sensory and development screenings are completed with each child and research-based ongoing assessment tracks their progress.