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Drying Out After a Flood

AUBURN, Ala. — Some Alabama counties received large amounts of rainfall over the past few days. Subtropical Storm Alberto is expected to bring large amounts of rainfall to South Alabama. Some areas are under an extreme, significant or elevated threat of flooding for this weekend and early next week. Flooding can cause major damage to buildings and homes. After severe ... Read More »

Identity Theft: Be Safe Not Sorry

AUBURN, Alabama — Identity theft was among the top three consumer complaints in the United States in 2017, according to the Federal Trade Commission. In today’s society, many purchases begin with one of the following statements. Swipe your credit card here. Insert your credit card into the chip reader below. Be Careful When Making Transactions “The Department of Justice reports the most ... Read More »

Exercise: Beneficial for Your Body

AUBURN, Ala. – Exercise is an important part of a healthy lifestyle. There are many ways that people can be active and get the exercise their body needs. Helen Jones, an Alabama Extension regional agent of Human Nutrition, Diet and Health, said that while they can help, gym memberships are not a requirement to be healthy. “Being physically active is ... Read More »

Managing Spring Pests

AUBURN, Ala.—Spring time brings warmer weather and blooming plants, but it also bring spring pests. Whether it is in the garden or at home, people needs to know how to deal with these pests. “Just as spring weather conditions change considerably from year to year, so can the time to take action against certain insects,” said Dr. Xing Ping Hu, ... Read More »

Beware of Building and Recovery Scams After Storm

JACKSONVILLE, Alabama—Minutes stretch to hours as storm victims and volunteers work through the rubble and the mess to recover family heirlooms, items of clothing and other belongings. In these same hours, scam artists are devising recovery scams to swindle storm victims out of money. Storm victims want to get work done quickly and get their lives back to normal, but this ... Read More »

Families Need an Emergency Savings Account

AUBURN, Alabama—Having an emergency savings fund may be the most important difference between those who manage to stay afloat and those who are sinking financially. Emergency Funds Help Maintaining emergency savings of $500 to $1000 allows you to withstand unexpected financial challenges such as: Repairing the brakes on your car Buying your child a new pair of needed shoes Buying ... 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 »

Debit Versus Credit: How to Avoid “Falling Into the Trap”

AUBURN, Ala.— Purchasing decisions are ever present in our busy lives. Limited hard-cash assets and the growth of paperless payments are making the economy more controlled by debit cards and credit cards. Daily, U.S. consumers are faced with the challenge of budgeting such accounts properly. This task is not always easy. Although they are similar in appearance, credit and debit cards have many differences, said Theresa Jones, a certified ... Read More »

“Harvest for Health”—Healing Gardens for Cancer Survivors

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AUBURN, Ala.—Cancer recovery can feel like a long and lonely road. For the 14.5 million people living with and beyond cancer in the United States, daily struggles are a reality. Auburn University’s Department of Horticulture, the Alabama Cooperative Extension System’s Home Grounds Team, Alabama Master Gardeners and the University of Alabama at Birmingham’s Comprehensive Cancer Center have partnered together to ... Read More »

February is Healthy Heart Month

AUBURN, Alabama — Heart disease is the leading cause of death for men and women in most racial and ethnic groups in the United States. Every year, 1 in 4 deaths are caused by heart disease. Heart disease, including stroke and other cardiovascular diseases, claim more lives than all forms of cancer combined. According to statistics, someone in the United ... Read More »