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Nuts are a healthy snack, rich in lots of nutrients

Next time you are off for an early morning jog or you need a mid-afternoon pick-me-up, grab a handful of nuts on your way out the door. These tiny edible seeds have more nutritional value than you think. Nuts are very underrated as a food and...

 

Tips to observe February as your Heart Health Month

February is often considered the month of love, with couples and family members sending heart emojis, heart-themed cards and heart-shaped chocolates. But what's a better gift to your loved ones than taking care of your heart? February is American...

 

Everyone can get warm with a cup of hot cocoa

Who doesn’t enjoy drinking a warm cup of hot cocoa on a chilly day or night? Marie Heaton, a diabetic, likes to enjoy it as a late night snack before going to bed. When Marie, could no longer find her favorite instant cocoa mix in the grocery...

 

Tips to ensure food safety this big game day

Super Bowl Sunday is the second biggest day of the year for food consumption. Super Bowl parties feature food, fun, and more food – lots of finger foods, dips, beverages casseroles, and other snacks. Food-borne illnesses, better known as food poiso...

 

Here are some tips to reap the benefits of oatmeal

January is National Oatmeal Month. Oatmeal is a whole grain that can be a delicious, warm way to add whole grains to your eating patterns during the cold winter months. Oats are full of important nutrients like vitamins B and E, calcium, magnesium,...

 

Tips to raise healthy eaters in the new year

Ring in a healthy new year by teaching kids the importance of food, nutrition and eating skills: food to fuel busy, successful lives; nutrition to nourish strong bodies and smart brains; and eating skills to enjoy the social aspect of meals with...

 

Use these nutrition tips for a healthier you in 2019

Happy New Year! Do you usually make a New Year’s resolution? Millions of Americans make resolutions every January hoping to improve their health by losing weight, getting fit or eating healthy. Achieve your nutrition goals this year by making...

 

Adapting to social media as a society

Many of us received new and exciting “tech devices” for gifts during the Holiday Season. How very nice! Imagine a dinner table surrounded by a family of five in the 1950’s, 60’s or even the 90’s. It includes every family member sharing...

 

Tips to prevent scams on the elderly this holiday

‘Tis the season to be scammed! Fa la la la lalala la. Follow your money if you can-an. Fa la la la lalala la. Recently, an older friend of mine was almost scammed by the “nice voice” on the phone trying to gain her confidence in sending money t...

 

Follow these five steps to seasonal savings

When the holiday season is over you may find yourself saying: “Why did I spend all of that money? Why did I wait until the last minute to shop? I don’t even want to think about how long it will take to pay off the credit cards. I hope I didn’t...

 

Tips to help keep this holiday season healthy

Let the Holiday Spirit Move You! The holiday season is almost here. Trying to balance holiday parties, shopping, baking, cleaning, entertaining and work may lead to some stressful times. What about eating healthy or physical activity? Finding time fo...

 

Venison makes healthy delicious meal choices

It is officially that time of year where many of your friends and loved ones go missing for several hours at a time. There is nothing wrong; they are just sitting in the woods waiting to bring home the best buck (venison) of the year. Venison is...

 

Tips for keeping leftovers safe this Thanksgiving

It’s that time of the year! The holidays are upon us. A time when our thoughts turn to family, friends, celebrations, holiday feasts, and yes…leftovers! Holiday meal leftovers can be just as delectable as the original feast. The challenge is...

 

How to have your Thanksgiving pie and eat it too

The typical American may eat 4,500 calories on Thanksgiving Day with 3,000 calories consumed at the Thanksgiving meal alone. That’s more than two times the average recommended calorie load for a day! So many times, at Thanksgiving we see lists of t...

 

Tips to make salads healthy and low-calorie

What is the first food you think about eating when you go on a diet? Many people think about eating a salad because it is a low-calorie meal. Salads are usually a great high-nutrient, low-calorie meal to eat but adding some foods can make it a high-c...

 

Tips to extend the life of your Jack-O-Lantern

This time of year, people often ask me if there is a way to preserve their beautiful carved jack-o-lanterns, especially after putting in all their hard work. It’s true that jack-o-lanterns have a seemingly short life span. However, Dani Carroll,...

 

A few tips to help make this Halloween safe

For many people, autumn events like Halloween and Harvest Day are fun times to dress up in costumes, go trick-or-treating, trunk or treating, to a fall festival, and eat yummy treats. These events are also opportunities to provide nutritious snacks,...

 

Enjoy and celebrate National Seafood Month

There are many advantages of living so close to the gulf coast. One of them is, it’s easy for us to enjoy eating fresh seafood as we celebrate October as National Seafood Month. Fish and shellfish are easy to prepare and swimming with nutritive...

 

Tips on apples this October, National Apple Month

Oo-oooh! Finally, the early mornings are cool and crisp - and I love it! Fall is finally in the air! Fall signals the arrival of the bountiful apple crop. Hmm-m! The aroma of fresh baked apples, the crunch of a juicy fresh apple and the variety of...

 

October is National Breast Cancer Awareness month

October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, the perfect time to learn how to reduce your risk by eating right and engaging in physical activity. While there is no guaranteed way to prevent breast cancer, a healthy lifestyle can help reduce...

 

Tips to help to curb or address identity theft

The following is a very timely article written by one of my colleagues Dr. Theresa Jones, a certified financial education instructor and Alabama Extension regional agent in Human Sciences. It has some important information about Identity Theft I tho...

 

Tips to select and serve fresh produce safely

Fruits and vegetables are an important part of a healthy diet. Local markets carry a wide variety of fresh fruits and vegetables that are both nutritious and delicious. However, harmful bacteria that may be in the soil or water where produce grows...

 

September is National Cholesterol Education Month

Before biting into that juicy steak, take a moment to think about your cholesterol level. Is it high? High cholesterol usually has no symptoms but can increase the risk of heart disease. The month of September has been designated as National...

 

A nutritious diet can help promote healthy teeth

Eat Right for a Healthy Mouth and Teeth “Brush! Brush!” “Come on and brush your teeth! Make those pearly white’s clean” “Brush so your pretty smile can be seen”. (Children’s tooth brushing song) Young children with healthy teeth have...

 

Extension offers diabetes education programs

More than 634,000 people in Alabama, live with diabetes. According to the American Diabetes Association, another estimated 127,000 Alabamians have this disease but don’t know it. Alabama is the seventh (7) leading state in the United States to...

 

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