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Have a Healthy Heart

What can you do to have a healthier heart? Teresa Forehand, a regional health and nutrition agent with the Alabama Cooperative Extension System offers a few tips to help you keep your heart healthy and strong.   Don’t smoke. Smoking is not only linked to lung cancer, it’s also a contributing factor to heart disease. Heart disease is the number one ... Read More »

Make Physical Activity Fun for Children

Inactivity is becoming an epidemic among children. Children today are less active than they were just a few years ago because of many factors, including less participation in daily physical education classes at school. The Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans recommend children get 60 minutes of physical activity five days a week for good health. “Lack of exercise and not eating ... Read More »

Getting Through the Terrible Twos

How do you deal with the terrible twos age group? Toddlers can be enough to stress out even seasoned parents. “Toddlers and two-year-olds want to try out the use of their growing independence and power,” said Dr. Ellen Abell, who serves as an Alabama Extension specialist in human development and family studies. “Saying no and showing resistance or defiance is ... Read More »

What Have You Done for Your Heart Lately?

Yes, it is already February. Where did January go and all those New Year’s resolutions? You were going to stop smoking and start exercising and eating better but then life happened and those resolutions went out the door. Just remember, “Today is the first day of the rest of your life,” and try again. Your heart will appreciate it. February ... Read More »

Simulated Reality Check Helps Students

There are many hard life lessons that cannot be effectively tought in the classroom. The perils of money mismanagement can drastically impact someone’s life. The fact of the matter is, there are many students who are not adequately taught how to manage their finances intelligently. The Alabama Cooperative Extension seeks to change this by using a hands-on financial literacy simulation ... Read More »

Extension Promoting Health Literacy in Alabama

When it comes to literacy, “health” is not the first word that comes to mind. Oftentimes, literacy is associated solely with education in the academic sense, discarding the notion of literacy for health. In a nation where 81 percent of patients over age 60 cannot read or understand basic materials such as prescriptions labels, health literacy has become imperative in ... Read More »

Have a Healthy HAPPY NEW YEAR 2015

Every year Americans make New Year’s resolutions to lose weight, eat healthier and move more. But, for many people those resolutions don’t last more than a month or two into the New Year. As you start 2015, think positively about your health and set measurable and attainable goals for the year. Sharon Haynes, a regional health and nutrition agent with ... Read More »

Generating Positive Parent-Teen Relationships

Parenting teenagers is full of ups and downs. As children get older, they seek independence and battle against their parents for control of their lives. Struggles between parents and teens can be difficult to overcome, but experts say there are various tips that can lead to uplifting relationships with your teen. Bretia Gordon, a family and child development regioinal agent with ... Read More »

Weight-Loss Fraud Abundant In The Marketplace

Weight loss

Weight-loss fraud is flooding the marketplace. Fraudulent weight-loss claims can be found in almost every communications medium — television, radio, print, mail and the Internet. Modern con artists annually cheat Americans out of an estimated $10-$40 billion in weight-loss fraud alone. They target and exploit vulnerable children, teens, and low income consumers desperate to find a solution to their weight ... Read More »

Winterizing Your Home

Alabama is considered to have mild winters in comparison to other parts of the country, but the state does experience some winter weather extremes almost every year. If you haven’t winterized your home yet, do it now before the temperatures settle into winter averages. Alabama Extension professional Virginia Morgan White shared some  tips to help cold proof and winterize your home ... Read More »