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Holiday Activities for Family Bonding

The holidays can be hectic. People are dashing from store to store to find the right gifts, sending Christmas cards to relatives and friends, and gearing up for the end of another year. Somewhere in between all of the busyness of the holidays, it’s important to find time to spend with your family and loved ones. There are many inexpensive, yet meaningful ... Read More »

Use Credit Cards Wisely During the Holiday Season

The holiday season is upon us and it is the busiest time of year for retail stores. It is also the busiest time for credit card companies. “The average American credit card holder charges nearly $1,000 or 40 percent of normal yearly charges during the holiday season, per account,” said Isaac Chappell, a regional consumer science and personal finance management ... Read More »

Holiday Budgeting 101

The holidays are a time full of laughter and joy, but also stressful at times. Stress creeps in due to many reasons, one of them being budgeting your holiday shopping list. When trying to give to all your friends and loved ones, money tends to disappear quickly. Budgeting your holiday shopping can reduce stress and anxiety and make the holidays ... Read More »

The Dreaded Christmas List

It is almost that time of year again-Christmas lists and Christmas gifts. The Christmas list, which should be fun and exciting, often becomes the dreaded list for parents. Children have expectations for their Christmas gifts, so for advice to help parents handle those expectations, Ellen Abell, an Alabama Extension specialist and associate professor at Auburn University provided some tips. Abell suggested ... Read More »

Forcing Bulbs for Winter

Bulb forcing

Winter can be a dull and dreary season for gardeners, but forcing bulbs can bring life and color back into the home and the hope of spring back into a gardener’s heart. Forcing bulbs is the process of manipulating a bulb into breaking dormancy early in order for the plant to bloom sooner than it would naturally. The process, often ... Read More »

Don’t Let the Flu Catch You By Surprise

Flu season is here and every person six months old and older should take precautions to avoid getting sick. Flu season runs from October through May but the peak season is December to March.  What is the Flu? Influenza, also known as the flu, is a viral infection causing acute respiratory sickness. The two common strains of influenza are types ... Read More »

Senior Adults Need Vaccinations

 Most seniors are aware of the need to receive an annual flu shot to minimize the potential for developing a deadly infection, but they often don’t ask their health care provider about other immunizations that may be available. Vaccines are available for disease such as pneumonia, tetanus, diphtheria and shingles.  Pneumonia Pneumococcal pneumonia is a serious illness, bacterial in origin ... Read More »

November is American Diabetes Month

November is American Diabetes Month. In the United States, approximately 26 million Americans have diabetes, including almost 7 million people who haven’t recognized the symptoms and don’t realize that they have the disease. Symptoms of non-regulated diabetes include increased thirst, frequent urination, unexplained weight loss, increased hunger and tingling of your hands or feet. The fasting plasma glucose (FPG) test ... Read More »

Breast Cancer – Not Just a Woman’s Disease

Breast cancer does not discriminate. Individuals from all walks of life have fought this merciless disease. According to the American Cancer Society, as many as 235,000 Americans will be diagnosed with invasive breast cancer this year. What may come as a surprise to most people is that 2,360 of those diagnosed will be men. While breast cancer is often characterized ... Read More »

Healthy Relationships Need Work

Maintaining a healthy relationship is challenging. It can be a struggle to know what a healthy relationship looks like. The Alabama Healthy Marriage and Relationship Education Initiative (AHMREI) offers programs to help people build needed relationship skills. After several years of funded pilot projects, the larger-scale AHMREI was founded in 2006 when the project was funded by the U.S. Department ... Read More »