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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...

 

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,...

 

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