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Have a Healthy HAPPY NEW YEAR 2015

Every year Americans make New Year’s resolutions to lose weight, eat healthier and move more. But, for many people those resolutions don’t last more than a month or two into the New Year. As you start 2015, think positively about your health and set measurable and attainable goals for the year. Sharon Haynes, a regional health and nutrition agent with ... Read More »

Weight-Loss Fraud Abundant In The Marketplace

Weight loss

Weight-loss fraud is flooding the marketplace. Fraudulent weight-loss claims can be found in almost every communications medium — television, radio, print, mail and the Internet. Modern con artists annually cheat Americans out of an estimated $10-$40 billion in weight-loss fraud alone. They target and exploit vulnerable children, teens, and low income consumers desperate to find a solution to their weight ... Read More »

Dough Holiday Decorations: Easy to Make and Fun for Children

 It is holiday decorating time. A fun way to get children involved in the decorating process is to make homemade ornaments for tree or wreath trimming. “Dough holiday ornaments make unique decorations and gifts,” said Carolyn Bivins, a regional nutrition agent with the Alabama Cooperative Extension System. “Dough creations can be made fairly easily by using common household items such as flour, ... Read More »

Use Credit Cards Wisely During the Holiday Season

The holiday season is upon us and it is the busiest time of year for retail stores. It is also the busiest time for credit card companies. “The average American credit card holder charges nearly $1,000 or 40 percent of normal yearly charges during the holiday season, per account,” said Isaac Chappell, a regional consumer science and personal finance management ... Read More »

Amaryllis: A Dazzling Display of Indoor Color During the Winter

For a dazzling display of indoor color during the winter months, plant amaryllis bulbs in the fall. The amaryllis blossom commands attention with its bold color and its 8-to-10-inch diameter. Each bulb usually produces two stems. Each stem can produce up to six blossoms. Consumers often see amaryllis in small pots for sale at garden stores during the holiday season. ... Read More »

Extension Specialist Works to Improve Livestock Production in Myanmar

Urban Regional Extension Specialist Robert Spencer just returned from his second trip to Myanmar in Southeast Asia. Spencer is a volunteer with the Farmer-to-Farmer program in Myanmar that is funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and implemented by Winrock International. Targeting small-scale livestock farmers, he educated audiences on sustainable best management practices that will ensure efficient ... Read More »

Get Advice and Recipes from Food Hotlines and Websites During Holiday Season

Many food companies have opened their hotlines, offering help with holiday cooking and baking. “If you’re stumped on the best way to thaw, prepare or cook a turkey, have a baking-related question or are concerned about food safety, give the folks below a call,” said Dr. Jean Weese, a food safety scientist with the Alabama Cooperative Extension System. Many also offer ... Read More »


Fall leaves

Each year, yard waste accounts for more than a million tons of our state’s solid waste. What are alternatives to putting leaves out with trash? Burning leaves is not a good idea. Open burning generates hydrocarbons, which contain cancer-causing compounds and carbon monoxide. Recycle leaves either for mulch or as compost for improving soil is a good alternative. “Leaves make ... Read More »

Don’t Let the Flu Catch You By Surprise

Flu season is here and every person six months old and older should take precautions to avoid getting sick. Flu season runs from October through May but the peak season is December to March.  What is the Flu? Influenza, also known as the flu, is a viral infection causing acute respiratory sickness. The two common strains of influenza are types ... Read More »

Roses Welcome Cooler Fall Temperatures

Roses are tough plants when grown in well-drained soil, enriched with organic matter, and where there is good sunlight and air circulation. Fall is an excellent time to rejuvenate roses for a beautiful show of color before they rest for the winter. “Roses welcome the relief of cooler fall temperatures. It is one of the best seasons for plant growth ... Read More »