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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 »

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 »

Milk Provides Much Needed Nutrients

AUBURN, Ala.—For most, milk is usually not the first beverage choice. However, because of the nutrients it offers, you should consider reaching for the milk before anything else. Milk contains nutrients such as calcium, protein, vitamins and minerals—almost every nutrient your body needs. There are many types, including soy, almond, fat-free (skim), low-fat (1%), reduced-fat (2%) and whole milk. No ... Read More »

Growing Herbs Indoors

AUBURN, Ala. – Growing herbs does not have to be a  complicated process. An easy way to get fresh herbs for cooking is to grow herbs indoors. This lets you be an amateur gardener, while eliminating the hassle of the grocery store. Here are a few tips that will help you grow herbs indoors. Although there are numerous types, there are six ... Read More »

Too Much Sugar Means Too Many Calories

 AUBURN, Alabama — Think you’re doing yourself a favor by indulging in fat-free cookies, nonfat yogurt and low-fat cakes and pies? Depending on how many sweets you’re eating, you may be contributing to unwanted pounds with every bite of that fat-free chocolate chip cookie. Karen Softley, a regional nutrition agent with the Alabama Cooperative Extension System, says popular low-fat and ... Read More »

Oats: Economical and Healthy

AUBURN, Alabama—Oats are an economical whole grain that can help with improving your overall health. High Fiber Content “Oat products have high soluble fiber content, which aids digestion, said Donna Shanklin, a Human Sciences Extension regional agentl  “They reduce cholesterol levels, which makes them good for heart health.” These whole grains are also high in protein. Shanklin says, to obtain ... Read More »

March is National Nutrition Month

AUBURN, Alabama—National Nutrition Month® is a nutrition education and information campaign created annually in March by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. The campaign focuses on the importance of making informed food choices and developing sound eating and physical activity habits. Go Further With Food “Go Further with Food” is the theme for 2018. Its importance is timely for many ... Read More »

Grow Your Own Salad

AUBURN, Alabama—Many homeowners grow their own foods at home. Some grow their own because they question what is in or on the products available at the grocery store or curb market. Others grow their own because they have the time and enjoy gardening. What can I grow? According to Bethany O’Rear, a regional Extension agent in Home Grounds, Gardens and ... Read More »

Produce Safety Alliance Training Workshops Continue

AUBURN, Ala.—The Alabama Cooperative Extension System will continue conducting Produce Safety Alliance training workshops in April and May. A new produce safety rule focusing on setting the first-ever federal regulatory standards for production, harvest and handling of fruits and vegetables will subject growers to inspection by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) or Alabama Department of Agriculture and Industries. The ... Read More »

February is National Snack Food Month

AUBURN, Alabama—Each person’s taste buds are different, so how you snack may differ from your peers. Many people have traditional go-to snacks that they grab when they get hungry. This month, ask yourself if what you are snacking on is the best option for your body. Below are a few snack options as well as some healthy, guilt-free alternatives to junk food snacks. It’s always a good rule ... Read More »