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After the Storm: Exercise Caution During Clean Up

AUBURN, Ala.—Residents in north and central Alabama are surveying the damage left by a wave of strong storms that spawned tornadoes and pummeled the area with very large hail. Henry Dorough, who leads Alabama Extension‘s severe weather response efforts, said   residents should heed safety warnings when they venture out to assess damages. Fallen trees and downed power lines are the ... 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 »

Exercise Can Help Reduce Stress in Your Life

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AUBURN, Alabama—In today’s fast-paced society, stress is a common factor in a person’s daily life. Whether triggered internally or externally, stress can mentally and physically affect our bodies. Most people struggle finding ways to reduce stress in their lives. The simplest answer is exercise.  Benefits of Exercise “Exercise increases endorphins, feel-good neurotransmitters in the brain which increases a person’s overall mood ... Read More »

Estate Planning: Leaving a Legacy

AUBURN, Alabama –Estate planning is planning in advance and identifying the individual(s) you want to receive your possessions after you die,” said Dr. Theresa Jones, a regional family resource management and workforce development Extension agent with the Alabama Cooperative Extension System Jones said the plan should include a will, a living will (health care proxy or advance directive), a trust, power of attorney and ... Read More »

Avoid Problems from Winter Weather

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AUBURN, Ala.—As an Arctic cold front moves in from the west, Alabama Extension offers recommendations for how to prepare for possible snow, loss of electricity and other impacts from the storm. The National Weather Service (NWS) has issued a winter weather advisory for much of central Alabama. NWS said the potential for light to moderate snow exists through early Wednesday. ... Read More »

Cold Snap Won’t Faze Insect Pests

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AUBURN, Alabama—If the recent cold snap had hopes of an insect-free season springing to mind, think again. Even after a week of frigid temperatures—uncharacteristic even for Alabama winters—insects will likely survive. Dr. Xing Ping Hu, an Alabama Extension entomologist said insects are not usually susceptible to cold temperatures. “Some crops, fruit trees and even livestock animals may fall prey to ... Read More »