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September is Child Obesity Awareness Month

Childhood obesity is one of the biggest health issues we have in the United States. National Childhood Obesity Awareness month aims to raise recognition of the severity of the childhood obesity issue in America and to share the benefits of healthy eating and active living so children of America can lead prosperous and productive lives. According to the Centers for ... Read More »

Local Honey Yields Sweet Benefits

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AUBURN, Ala. — September is National Honey Month, and Alabama is home to more than 600 registered beekeepers. According to the Department of Agriculture and Industries, this number has fallen but still provides Alabama residents with a variety of options to obtain local honey. A Rise in Popularity Alabama Extension Regional Home Grounds Agent Dani Carroll said the rise in beekeeping ... Read More »

Gardening Leads to a Harvest of Health

A research partnership between the University of Alabama at Birmingham, the Community Fund of Greater Birmingham, the Alabama Cooperative Extension System, and various groups of Master Gardeners of has led to a harvest of health among breast cancer survivors in Alabama. In 2010, the Comprehensive Cancer Center of UAB partnered with the Jefferson County Master Gardeners to begin a new ... Read More »

Beating Fire Ants This Fall

Falling into fall sounds like a great idea — unless falling includes a run in with the Imported Fire Ant. Pest-proofing your home is a multi-step process that includes treating outdoor areas as well as indoor areas. The following five tips can help you and your family avoid unwanted visitors this fall. Fall is a great time to treat fire ... Read More »

Making Money Count

“The number one reason marriages fail each year is due to financial problems that occur within the home. Taking control of one’s financial life creates a sense of independence and accomplishment. There are key ways to financially plan for your future, no matter if you are a student or an adult with a family and other responsibilities. The Alabama Cooperative ... Read More »

Emergency Handbook Available for Mobile Devices

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Alabama Extension and WSFA-TV Partner in Emergency Handbook AUBURN, Alabama—Every Alabama family needs to prepare for severe weather. In a single year, the gamut of extreme weather may range from tornadoes in the spring to violent thunderstorms and flash flooding in the summer to fall hurricanes and ice storms in the winter. The Alabama Cooperative Extension System has a new ... Read More »

Kostelecky Joins Alabama Extension as Assistant Director

Dr. Kyle Kostelecky has been named Alabama Extension’s new assistant director for family and consumer sciences programs. He will also serve as assistant dean for extension in Auburn University’s College of Human Sciences. Dr. Gary Lemme, Alabama Extension director, said Kostelecky brings extensive and diverse professional experience in delivering Extension programs addressing contemporary family issues. “Dr. Kostelecky’s leadership will enhance ... Read More »

Making the Older Years Golden

Selma, Ala. — The Alabama Cooperative Extension System partnered with senior citizen service providers from across the Black Belt to celebrate the 25th Annual Senior Citizen Day on May 27. Vendors providing home health care services, healthy meals, medicare assistance and healthy living tips gathered at the Carl Morgan Convention Center, where more than 350 senior citizens from Dallas, Perry, Marengo, Wilcox, ... Read More »

The Importance of Sun Safety: The Life You Save May Be Your Own

The arrival of summer means that many people will be spending long days at the lake, beach or pool. Sunny days are the perfect time to be active and soak up some Vitamin D, but be sure to protect your skin and prevent painful sunburn and skin damage. There are two types of ultraviolet rays associated with sun exposure: UVA ... Read More »

The Ins and Outs of Juicing

Juicing fruits and vegetables as a way to increase daily nutrition consumption has become increasingly popular the past several years. There are many resources on the internet that make various claims about the effects of juicing on our bodies, but with so much information, it is often hard to know what is true. Juicing is the process of extracting the ... Read More »