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Tips to help you make healthier dairy choices

Are You Drinking or Eating Enough Dairy Foods for the Health Benefits? Did you know June is National Dairy Month? It is a great time to learn more about dairy foods and how they fit into a healthy-eating pattern.  All age groups except for young...

 

Tips on pickling food and the perfect pickle

When people hear the word “pickle”, many automatically think of cucumber pickles. However, there are many foods that can be pickled. Pickling foods at home may sound difficult or time consuming, but there are both quick and traditional options fo...

 

Brewton Blueberry Festival is this Saturday

It’s time to paint the town BLUE! This coming weekend all roads lead to Jenning’s Park in Brewton, AL for the 39th Annual Alabama Blueberry Festival. We are inviting you to come and join us for this BIG EVENT! The Festival will be held Saturday,...

 

Tips to avoid dehydration these summer months

“Whee, it’s Hot!” “Oh, Boy it’s HOT out here and it’s not even summer yet!” These are a few of the sentiments I have heard lately about the weather. Amy Mullins, Family and Consumer Sciences Agent in the Panhandle has the perfect tips...

 

Tips to stay healthy while traveling this summer

Staying Healthy While Traveling – 15 Brilliant Ideas Hooray! The last school bell has rung. School is finally out and it’s time for vacation. Do you have vacation or travel plans? Getting sick while traveling can be such a drag.   Trust me… I...

 

Tips to help prepare for hurricane season

Congratulations 2019 Graduates! Just saying Congratulation seems hardly enough, For the hours you spent studying and all that stuff. But, hey, it’s a word nevertheless. Graduates, we are proud of you for doing your best! So all the long hours have...

 

Lessen your chances of a stroke with these tips

"I will not have a stroke."  That small sentence is a powerful declaration. A promise of change. A focus on prevention. I will make changes to my daily life that help prevent stroke. I will help my family make changes that prevent stroke.  Whether...

 

Tips to keep women healthy for Mother's Day

Mother’s day is this Sunday, May 12th. We would like to extend Best Wishes and a Happy Mother’s Day to all the “Special Women” in your life that have shown you some “Motherly Love” through the years. It could be your Aunt, Auntie,...

 

Asthma Awareness Month brings helpful tips

May is Asthma Awareness Month, and it’s time to bring awareness of a chronic incurable, inflammatory disorder of the airways.  Did you know that Asthma is one of our nation’s most common and costly diseases? There is no known cause and over 20...

 

Don't panic over bed bugs-tips to respond well

A man stopped by the office the office the other day to get some “bugs” identified. He discovered the pests crawling out of his recliner. The County Agent quickly identified the bugs as “Bed Bugs” Yikes! He was the third person to bring this...

 

Tips for Easter egg safety this Easter season

“Here comes Peter Cottontail Hoppin' down the bunny trail Hippity hoppin', Easter's on its way”. That little “song” is running through my mind now, as I remember that most “children” young and old, are looking forward to the traditional E...

 

Tips to help you move more for a healthy heart

April is “Move More Month,” and the American Heart Association encourages all Americans to commit to being more active on a regular basis. One of the most important things you can do to improve your health is be physically active. Research shows...

 

Tips to use your tax refund as debt relief

On your mark! Get set! Ready! -GO! The race is on! It’s countdown time … to TAX DAY!! However, what are you planning to do with your BIG REFUND? Here are some great suggestions from AmericaSaves that will help you get debt relief: PAY DOWN YOUR...

 

Tips to keep your immune system healthy

Ah-choo! Although you may not be able to fully prevent a cold or flu this season, a healthy immune system is one way to give your body extra protection. Focusing on nutrient-rich foods and healthy lifestyle behaviors can help you and your family...

 

It's National Poison Prevention week, here are tips

This week, March 17th – 23rd is recognized as National Poison Prevention Week. It is the perfect time to raise awareness among families to reduce unintentional poisonings, and promote poison prevention in our corner of the world. We believe...

 

Spring is in the air-time for more fruits,vegetables

Days are warmer! Birds are chirping! Flowers are blooming, and bees are buzzing! Spring is in the air – it’s the perfect time to - go green! No not green as in earth friendly (though that’s important too) but green as in adding more green...

 

Healthy foods give you energy, here are some tips

Spring is in the air and in celebration of the new season that’s coming here are some quick recipe ideas that include most of the food groups (fruit, vegetables, dairy, protein and grain). The foods you eat can make a big difference in your health...

 

Breastfeeding benefits both mother and child

Alabama ranks in the bottom three in the United States for breastfeeding initiation and continuation. Breastfeeding allows many health benefits for both a child and mother. To encourage more breastfeeding families, Alabama Extension’s Human...

 

Healthy tips for this Heart Health Awareness Month

Did you know that heart disease is the leading cause of death in America? According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), an American has a heart attack every 40 seconds. Fortunately, many risk factors are things we have control...

 

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...

 

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