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Extension Offers Diabetes Education Programs

AUBURN, Ala. –More than 634,000 people in Alabama, live with diabetes. According to the American Diabetes Association, another estimated 127,000 Alabamians have this disease but don’t know it. Alabama Extension offers various diabetes education programs to citizens across the state. Donna Shanklin, an Alabama Extension coordinator for Lawrence County, working in human nutrition, diet and health, said these programs go ... Read More »

Childhood Obesity in Alabama

AUBURN, Ala. – Childhood obesity has tripled in the last 30 years. Studies show that nearly 15 percent of American children ages 2 to 19 are considered overweight and 16 percent are considered obese. Childhood Obesity Problems Dr. Sondra Parmer, an Alabama Extension specialist in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program – Education (SNAP-Ed), said obesity can affect a child’s life in ... Read More »

Pet Health Vaccinations: Also Important for Humans

AUBURN, Ala.—Making sure pets are up to date on all vaccinations is a big part of overall pet health. Vaccinating pets is important not only for the pet, but also for the owner. There are a number of diseases animals can contract if they are not up to date on vaccines. This puts the animal’s and owner’s health at risk. Check-ups ... Read More »

Drying Out After a Flood

AUBURN, Ala. — Some Alabama counties received large amounts of rainfall over the past few days. Subtropical Storm Alberto is expected to bring large amounts of rainfall to South Alabama. Some areas are under an extreme, significant or elevated threat of flooding for this weekend and early next week. Flooding can cause major damage to buildings and homes. After severe ... Read More »

Identity Theft: Be Safe Not Sorry

AUBURN, Alabama — Identity theft was among the top three consumer complaints in the United States in 2017, according to the Federal Trade Commission. In today’s society, many purchases begin with one of the following statements. Swipe your credit card here. Insert your credit card into the chip reader below. Be Careful When Making Transactions “The Department of Justice reports the most ... Read More »

Exercise: Beneficial for Your Body

AUBURN, Ala. – Exercise is an important part of a healthy lifestyle. There are many ways that people can be active and get the exercise their body needs. Helen Jones, an Alabama Extension regional agent of Human Nutrition, Diet and Health, said that while they can help, gym memberships are not a requirement to be healthy. “Being physically active is ... Read More »

Managing Spring Pests

AUBURN, Ala.—Spring time brings warmer weather and blooming plants, but it also bring spring pests. Whether it is in the garden or at home, people needs to know how to deal with these pests. “Just as spring weather conditions change considerably from year to year, so can the time to take action against certain insects,” said Dr. Xing Ping Hu, ... Read More »

Beware of Building and Recovery Scams After Storm

Auburn, Alabama — Minutes stretch to hours as storm victims and volunteers work through the rubble and the mess to recover family heirlooms, items of clothing and other belongings. In these same hours, scam artists are devising recovery scams to swindle storm victims out of money. Storm victims want to get work done quickly and get their lives back to normal, ... Read More »

Families Need an Emergency Savings Account

AUBURN, Alabama—Having an emergency savings fund may be the most important difference between those who manage to stay afloat and those who are sinking financially. Emergency Funds Help Maintaining emergency savings of $500 to $1000 allows you to withstand unexpected financial challenges such as: Repairing the brakes on your car Buying your child a new pair of needed shoes Buying ... Read More »

March is National Nutrition Month

AUBURN, Alabama—National Nutrition Month® is a nutrition education and information campaign created annually in March by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. The campaign focuses on the importance of making informed food choices and developing sound eating and physical activity habits. Go Further With Food “Go Further with Food” is the theme for 2018. Its importance is timely for many ... Read More »