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Stay Safe in the Sizzling Sun this Spring

  Auburn,Ala.—Spring is right around the corner, and with it comes warm temperatures and sunny skies. Many people will begin to ditch their winter-wear and spend their weekends away at the beach or the lake. These days by the shore may put you in a relaxed state of mind, but it is important to take proper measures to protect your skin. ... Read More »

Get Excited for Spring Cleaning

Auburn, Ala.—The groundhog has seen its shadow. You know what that means, spring is officially right around the corner. Spring is a season that brings new life and new opportunities: flowers are blooming, birds are chirping and everyone seems to have a certain hop in their step. With a new season right around the corner, one can feel the desire ... Read More »

Add E-Waste to Your Spring Cleaning List

Computer Recycling Drive

  Huntsville, Ala.—Electronic waste, or E-waste, is a significant and growing problem in today’s electronic era. According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), only 5 percent of the 40 million tons of E-Waste generated world-wide each year is ever recovered. Items considered to be E-Waste include old batteries, printer ink-cartridges, computers, cellphones, cameras and televisions among many other items. Toxins ... Read More »

Spring: Prime Time for Kudzu Bugs

Auburn, AL—Residential and rural areas will soon be filled with kudzu bugs making a comeback from their overwintering sites. Alabama Extension Entomologist Xing Ping Hu, said there are several ways for kudzu bugs to bother homeowners. “Kudzu bugs are a nuisance that invades homes, yards and landscapes,” Hu  said. “They are more problematic in later fall when they seek protected ... Read More »

Good Choice Program Offers Healthy Snacks at Convenience Stores

Auburn, Alabama—More healthy snacks may soon be coming to convenience stores and small grocery stores near you thanks to Alabama Public Health and Alabama Extension’s Nutrition Education Program (NEP). To encourage Alabamians to make better food choices and improve their access to healthier snacks,  the two agencies are partnering with store owners to get healthy snacks and foods into convenience stores ... Read More »

Planning for Retirement

AUBURN, Ala. – For many working professionals, retirement is the holy grail they all look forward to. What many people don’t realize until it is too late is that planning for retirement takes time. The first thing young professionals need to do is figure out their “number”. “The number is how much you will need in retirement to maintain your current ... Read More »

America Saves Week Feb. 22-27

Auburn, Ala.—America Saves is a nationwide campaign managed by the Consumer Federation of America that focuses on teaching individuals good saving habits and reducing debt. This year’s America Saves Week is Feb. 22-27. They strive to encourage individuals to “Set a Goal. Make a Plan. Save Automatically.” They coordinate a weeklong event each year called America Saves Week. During this week, organizations ... Read More »

Billboards Say Steph Curry Drains Threes and Eat Peas

Auburn, Ala.—The National Basketball Association’s 2015 Most Valuable Player and Golden State Warriors’ point guard, Steph Curry is featured on billboards throughout Alabama until Feb. 21 that create appeal for eating fruits and vegetables. The billboard campaign will reach all corners of Alabama making an estimated  35 million impressions on Alabamians, especially those living in underserved communities. The campaign 74 ... Read More »

Extension Offices Serving as Weigh-in Sites for Scale Back Alabama

Obesity is a problem in Alabama. In fact, Alabama has the sixth highest rate of adult obesity of any state in the nation. In its 10th year, Scale Back Alabama, a free statewide weight-loss competitive program, targets these adults.  The first SBA team weigh-in is Jan. 25-31, and the weigh-out is April 11-17. Scale Back Alabama 2016 ends April 29. ... Read More »

Enriching Health With Calcium

Auburn, Ala.—We all remember the times growing up when our parents made us drink glasses of milk. They said that milk would help us grow big and strong. As a child, we did not fully understand the importance of calcium, but now we know that calcium is an important part of our diets. “Calcium is needed for bones and teeth and also helps to regulate our nerves, muscle tone ... Read More »