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Extension Offers Diabetes Education Programs

AUBURN, Ala. –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 Extension offers various diabetes education programs to citizens across the state. Donna Shanklin, an Alabama Extension coordinator for Lawrence County, working in human nutrition, diet and health, said these programs go ... Read More »

Free Credit Freezes Coming in September

AUBURN, Ala. – Starting in September, a new federal law will give consumers free credit freezes and yearlong fraud alerts. According to Sharlean Briggs, an Alabama Extension regional agent in human sciences, family resource management and workforce development, here’s what to look forward to when the law takes effect on Sept. 21: Free Credit Freezes A credit freeze restricts access ... Read More »

Childhood Obesity in Alabama

AUBURN, Ala. – Childhood obesity has tripled in the last 30 years. Studies show that nearly 15 percent of American children ages 2 to 19 are considered overweight and 16 percent are considered obese. Childhood Obesity Problems Dr. Sondra Parmer, an Alabama Extension specialist in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program – Education (SNAP-Ed), said obesity can affect a child’s life in ... Read More »

Dwarf Shrubs in Landscapes

AUBURN, Ala. – Developing a functional and beautiful landscape can be difficult. When deciding how to build your landscape, there are two factors that come into play: space and expense. Mike McQueen, an Alabama Extension regional agent of home grounds, garden and home pest, said that when choosing plants for a space, remember that the plant should have a purpose for being in ... Read More »

Common Digging Pests In Yards

AUBURN, Ala. – Homeowners often find evidence of animals digging in their yards. Squirrels, chipmunks, armadillos and moles are often the culprits. An Extension specialist offers tips on controlling these animals from destroying yards. Identifying Pests Dr. Jim Armstrong, an Alabama Extension wildlife specialist, said the first rule of protecting a yard is identifying the animal. “Once you know which animal is causing ... Read More »

Freezing Vegetables Provide Fresh Garden Taste Year Round

AUBURN, Ala. – One of the best things about summer is eating fresh vegetables. However, summer is not the only time people can enjoy fresh vegetables. You can have fresh vegetables year round by simply freezing them. Janice Hall, an Alabama Extension regional agent in food safety and quality, said freezing vegetables is easy, “When properly selected, prepared and stored, ... Read More »

Sweet and Hot Peppers Popular in Home Gardens

AUBURN, Ala. – There are more than 20 species of peppers in the world and hundreds of varieties. North American growers, however, are most familiar with two kinds – sweet and hot. Sweet and Hot Pepper Varieties Sweet pepper varieties include bell pepper, paprika, pimento, banana and cherry pepper. Their name is a misnomer because not all sweet peppers are ... Read More »

Bird Feeding Tips for the Backyard Birder

AUBURN, Ala.— More than 62 million Americans enjoy feeding birds and attracting them to their homes. Alabama has a diverse gathering of different species of birds, making bird feeding in the state a popular activity. In addition to the birds that call Alabama home, many migrants birds flock to the area to spend their winter. Bird feeders provide many hours ... Read More »

Pet Health Vaccinations: Also Important for Humans

AUBURN, Ala.—Making sure pets are up to date on all vaccinations is a big part of overall pet health. Vaccinating pets is important not only for the pet, but also for the owner. There are a number of diseases animals can contract if they are not up to date on vaccines. This puts the animal’s and owner’s health at risk. Check-ups ... Read More »

Use High Quality Seed in Fall Vegetable Gardens

AUBURN, Ala. – If you missed the chance to plant a spring garden there is still hope to have fresh vegetables. Fall vegetable gardens are popular choices among gardeners. They not only provide nutritious food, they also act as a hobby for a lot of people. When planting a fall vegetable garden, choosing seeds of high quality is essential to ... Read More »