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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 attention on the importance of making informed food choices and developing sound eating and physical activity habits. This year’s theme is “Put Your Best Fork Forward,” which acts as a reminder that each ... Read More »

Posts, Tweets, Pins Encourage Healthier Lifestyle Choices

AUBURN, Ala. – Live Well Alabama is a Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program–Education (SNAP-Ed) initiative developed by the Alabama Cooperative Extension System at Auburn University. The new initiative launched in early 2017 to better reach residents across the state with research-based education. Live Well Alabama, which focuses on nutrition and physical activity, can now easily be found on Facebook, Twitter and ... Read More »

Seasonal Produce: Best Time to Buy

Auburn, Alabama — Buying and eating food in its correct season is a cost-saving way to enjoy the health benefits of  seasonal produce. It also puts money back into the local economy and reduces  environmental impact. Growing seasons vary around the country. Today’s food system gives the illusion that certain fruits and vegetables are in season year-round. What are the costs and benefits of ... Read More »

Billboards Say Eat Better, Move More, Make a Change 

Auburn, Ala.— Eat Better. Move More. Make a Change. Three key messages featured across billboards in Alabama until March 2017. Alabama Extension’s Nutrition Education Program (NEP), nationally funded by the USDA Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program–Education, created a series of billboards that aim to prevent and reduce obesity in underserved Alabama communities. The billboard campaign will reach all corners of Alabama ... Read More »

Body Quest Text Messaging Helps Parents Make Better Food and Drink Choices for Their Families

AUBURN, ALA—Year after year, thousands of third graders across Alabama take charge of their health while participating in Extension Nutrition Education Program’s obesity prevention initiative Body Quest. The innovative and effective youth initiative brings technology and healthy snacks into low-income schools as part of a 15-week intervention that empowers youth to make better food and drink choices and be more ... Read More »

Valentine’s Day Dinner

AUBURN, Ala. – With Valentine’s Day right around the corner, many people will be looking for something to do for their special someone. Nothing could be more special than a home cooked romantic dinner. The following recipes are sure to make your Valentine’s Day a special one. Sirloin Steak Ingredients 1 ½ to 2 pound sirloin steak, about 1 inch ... Read More »

Blooming Chocolate Not Harmful

Auburn, Ala.– If you are buying chocolates for someone special on Valentine’s Day and notice some whitish discoloration on the surface of the chocolate, don’t be alarmed. The chocolate is safe to eat. Fat Bloom The whitish discoloration is called “fat bloom” which occurs when cocoa butter separates from the crystallized chocolate mixture and comes to the surface, say Dr. ... Read More »

New Year’s Resolution Recipes

AUBURN, Ala. – With the beginning of each year comes a wave of new year’s resolutions. The one that seems to be on everyone’s list is to eat healthier. Eating healthier doesn’t always mean giving up your favorite foods. It may mean just preparing them a different way. These recipes can help you keep your resolution of eating healthier this ... Read More »

Stress Eating Not Good For You

Auburn, Alabama — In times of a trouble, economic or otherwise, stress becomes a major factor in many people’s lives. News reports tell of the vast increase of people being treated for panic attacks due to stress.  Almost everyone is familiar with the term “stress eating,” which simply means to eat everything in sight without having any control.  It may ... Read More »

Warm Soup Recipes for a Cold Day

AUBURN, Ala. – With winter just getting started, people will be looking for any way to keep warm. One way that always seems to do the trick is making a nice hot pot of soup. These recipes are sure to help keep you warm on those cold winter days. Beef and Vegetable Soup Ingredients 1 quart defatted beef stock 1 ... Read More »