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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 »

Alabama Extension and Auburn University Awarded Grant to Tackle Chronic Diseases

New program aims to improve health in areas with high obesity rates The Alabama Cooperative Extension System and Auburn University were awarded a grant of $790,000 to battle obesity and chronic diseases in 14 Alabama counties. The Programs to Reduce Obesity in High-Obesity Areas awards are part of a U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) initiative to support ... Read More »

Common Cold: Five Ways to Avoid it This Season

What is the common cold? The common cold is one of the most frequent illnesses and the main reason for work and school related absences in the U.S. each year. Adults average between two and four, and children have an average of six to eight per year. Although the illness is often seen in mild cases, symptoms can include runny ... Read More »

Living on a Budget: How to Save as a Young Professional

Many young professionals are stunned when they graduate college, begin working and have an extremely small budget. These recent college graduates may panic when discovering they now need to manage their money after never really doing so before. However, there are a few ways that people, particularly young professionals, can save and spend wisely while keeping the future in mind. Research College ... Read More »

EFNEP Celebrates 50 Years in Alabama

What began as a pilot nutrition program in five Alabama counties in 1964, is now one of Extension’s most successful and best-documented programs. The Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP) began in Alabama as a five-year cooperative effort called “The Pilot Project Involving Young Homemakers in Low-Income Rural Areas of Alabama.” The project, conducted in Baldwin, Calhoun, Houston, Marion ... Read More »

October Is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Breast cancer is the second most common kind of cancer in women. About 1 in 8 women born today in the United States will get breast cancer at some point. The National Breast Cancer Awareness Month program is dedicated to increasing public knowledge about the importance of early detection of breast cancer. The national education campaign reaches out to the ... Read More »

What To Do If Identity Theft Happens To You

Identity Theft Prevention

At the time of identity theft, most victims are burdened with resolving the problem. It’s important to act quickly to minimize the damage. When dealing with the authorities and financial institutions, it is important to keep a log of all conversations, including dates, names and phone numbers. Note time spent and any expenses incurred, confirm conversations in writing, send correspondence ... Read More »

Top 10 Ways to Prepare for Retirement

Fewer than half of Americans have calculated how much they need to save for retirement. In 2012, 30 percent of private industry workers with access to a defined contribution plan (such as a 401(k) plan) did not participate. The average American spends 20 years in retirement. “Financial security in retirement doesn’t just happen. It takes planning and commitment and, yes, ... Read More »