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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...

 

Be safe this season with these few tips

Sports fans are gearing up across the country to tackle tailgating. This season, the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics offers tips to defend your pre- and post-game gatherings from the most challenging opponent — food poisoning. Wash Wash hands...

 

The final hurrah of summer-eating watermelon

Mmm, mmm good! Mmm, mmm good! Home grown watermelons are Mmm mmm Good! Folks at the USDA Office Building in Brewton enjoyed strolling through the “watermelon patch” searching for the biggest, sweetest, watermelons that were perfectly ripe for...

 

Tips to make back-to-school easier this fall

This week school bells will ring announcing the beginning of the new school year! Children, parents and teachers are all excited about it! YEA! Some children are so excited that they are not conscious of their surroundings – including ongoing traff...

 

The difference between organic and natural

I am often stopped and asked the difference between buying organic foods and naturally grown foods I encourage them to the following timely Extension Publication: Buying Organic – What Does It Mean? ANR 1425. I am sharing parts of the pamphlet...

 

Fruits can be enjoyed year-round when stored right

I really enjoy eating fresh blueberry crunch and drinking strawberry smoothies in December. You can too! Fruits can be frozen and still be as appetizing and tasty as fresh fruit if they are properly selected, prepared, packaged, frozen, stored, and...

 

Your teeth need good nutrition to be healthy

If I knew then what I know now I would have a beautiful set of perfect pearly white teeth! Multiple trips to the dentist office through the years, remind me that it’s worth it to follow these tips to have healthy teeth for a life time. Daily...

 

Be aware of food safety when grilling this holiday

Happy Birthday to you! Happy Birthday To you! Happy Birthday Dear America on your 242nd Birthday! On July 4, 1776, we claimed our independence from Britain and Democracy was born. Each year on July 4th, Americans celebrate that freedom and...

 

Vacation can be challenging to diabetes control

Planning a trip this summer? Sure, that’s what vacations are all about. But, fun all goes by the wayside if you take a vacation from diabetes control. Some careful pre‐travel planning can help you manage your diabetes while on the road and allow...

 

June is Men's Health Month, tips to a healthy you

June is Men’s Health Month, and every year Men's Health Week is celebrated in the week including Father's Day. However, men should be aware of their ailments, symptoms and have them checked throughout the year, not just during the Month of June. An...

 

Blueberries celebrated at Saturday's festival

It’s Blueberry Picking Time! This coming weekend all roads lead to Jenning’s Park in Brewton, AL for the 38th Annual Alabama Blueberry Festival. We are inviting you to come and join us for this BIG EVENT! The Festival will be held Saturday, June...

 

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