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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 »

Senior Adults: Eat Smart for Good Health

Americans are living longer, so good nutrition and regular physical activity are keys to good health. Smart eating means including a variety of foods in your diet each day. Foods provide the energy, protein, vitamins, minerals, fiber and water you need for good health. Nutrition is important through all stages of life — from childhood through late adulthood,” said Carolyn ... Read More »

Don’t Get Hooked by a Phishing Scam

“We suspect an unauthorized transaction on your account. To ensure that your account is not compromised, please click the link below and confirm your identity.”  “During our regular verification of accounts, we couldn’t verify your information. Please click here to update and verify your information.” Have you received email with a similar message? It’s a scam called “phishing” — and ... Read More »

Fostering Healthy Esteem in Children

In a world filled with cyber bullying, instant access to any picture, video or comment, parents’ role to build healthy esteem in their children is more vital than ever. Shannon Kish, a regional family and child development agent with the Alabama Cooperative Extension System, explains why parents need to foster healthy esteem in their children and provides strategies for parents ... Read More »

National Financial Literacy Month

April showers bring may flowers and financial documents galore. The United States proclaimed April as Financial Literacy Month in 2003. Many Americans lack sufficient knowledge about personal finances. This month gives people the opportunity to better their finances and reflect on how the country is managing finances. “Understanding money matters like creating and managing a budget, paying down debt while ... Read More »

Make Spring Break Healthy

High school and college students look forward to spring break every year.  Although it is a fun holiday, it is known to be extremely unhealthy. Between binge drinking, junk food eating and lack of sun protection, spring break can be overly dangerous to our bodies. Are there ways to keep spring break fun, but more on the healthy side? According to ... Read More »

Conquering Credit Reports

The mere words, credit report, often make people cringe and hide in their own pile of procrastination. It is no doubt that the report can be overwhelming without the ability to dissect what you are looking at, but after reading this easy to understand breakdown, you will be able to conquer it in no time. First, it is important to ... Read More »