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Reaping the Benefits of Eating Breakfast Regularly

AUBURN, Ala.–We’ve all heard the saying, “Breakfast is the most important meal of the day.” What are the reasons behind this? What are all the health benefits? What is considered to be a good, well-balanced breakfast? Those with busy schedules may feel as though they don’t have the time to sit down and eat a good breakfast, while others simply ... Read More »

Fall into Fitness with These 8 Easy Tips

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AUBURN, Ala.—  Research shows that seasons can have a direct effect on your physical activity. For many people, staying active and remaining motivated about fitness during the fall months can be a difficult task. The transition from warm summer days to the cool autumn season often brings about a change in routine for individuals. Whether that change includes going back to school, participating in a team sport, ... Read More »

Money Saving Tips: Energy efficiency in the home

AUBURN, Alabama–For many, opening the monthly power bill can be a stressful experience. If you are one of those people constantly wondering why your power bill  is so high, take a moment to reflect on your daily routines. You may find that too often you wake up hot in the middle of the night, run to the thermostat and turn ... Read More »

Keep the Scare in your Jack-O-Lantern this Halloween

AUBURN, Alabama–With Halloween rapidly approaching, millions of people are headed to the pumpkin patches to select that perfect pumpkin for carving the family jack-o-lantern. The life span of the jack-o-lantern is a short one. The day after carving the pumpkin, there is a noticeable difference in the pumpkin and by the next night that scary face that you carved, is ... Read More »

Communicate with Your Kids

AUBURN, Ala. – October is National Communicate with Your Kids Month. Communication can be challenging, particularly between parent and child. No matter what age or situation, there are hurdles one must overcome to keep a comfortable environment for verbal and nonverbal interactions. In the month of October, we celebrate the sometimes difficult, but always fulfilling task of communicating with your kids. ... Read More »

How to safely reheat chili this October

October is National Chili Month, and while many people know of the tasty hot dish, many people are not aware that it can be frozen for many months and then reheated. While it is convenient to save chili for a later date, there are also safety concerns with cooling and reheating chili. “It will keep a good while in the ... Read More »

Don’t Get Tricked When Trick or Treating

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AUBURN, Ala.–It’s time for pumpkin patches, jack-o-lanterns, hay rides, colorful leaves–and most exciting for the kids–trick or treating on Halloween! As a parent or as an adult who will be handing out candy to trick-or-treaters, it is important to know how to keep children safe on Halloween. The following are a few tips for parents and homeowners from Leigh Akins, ... Read More »

Spice Up the Fall with Pumpkin

Auburn, Ala. —In case you haven’t noticed, it’s getting a little cooler outside. It’s autumn, and more than just the leaves on the tress are changing. It’s time for fall decorations, recipes and celebrations, and what better fruit to incorporate into all things fall than pumpkins? Pumpkin is a fruit native to America. It was introduced to the pilgrims by Native ... Read More »

Think Pink (for Breast Cancer) in October and Beyond

In October, which is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, there is an increase of pink across the nation. With the increased visibility of the color pink, there also comes a hope of spreading awareness of breast cancer education. Dr. Jatunn Gibson, an Alabama Extension specialist and assistant professor in Human Development and Family Studies at Auburn University, believes the topic of breast ... Read More »

Extension Leads Memorial Garden Effort at Historic Bethel Baptist Church

BIRMINGHAM, Ala.—New growth is springing up around the original sanctuary of historic Bethel Baptist Church in Birmingham’s Collegeville neighborhood, thanks to a partnership led by the Alabama Cooperative Extension System. Alabama Extension, the Alabama Green Industry Training Center, Auburn University’s Department of Horticulture and NuFarm Americas guided the effort of creating a Memorial Garden adjacent to the church. Bethany O’Rear, ... Read More »