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Seasonal Produce: Best Time to Buy

Auburn, Alabama — Buying and eating food in its correct season is a cost-saving way to enjoy the health benefits of  seasonal produce. It also puts money back into the local economy and reduces  environmental impact. Growing seasons vary around the country. Today’s food system gives the illusion that certain fruits and vegetables are in season year-round. What are the costs and benefits of ... Read More »

Billboards Say Eat Better, Move More, Make a Change 

Auburn, Ala.— Eat Better. Move More. Make a Change. Three key messages featured across billboards in Alabama until March 2017. Alabama Extension’s Nutrition Education Program (NEP), nationally funded by the USDA Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program–Education, created a series of billboards that aim to prevent and reduce obesity in underserved Alabama communities. The billboard campaign will reach all corners of Alabama ... Read More »

Body Quest Text Messaging Helps Parents Make Better Food and Drink Choices for Their Families

AUBURN, ALA—Year after year, thousands of third graders across Alabama take charge of their health while participating in Extension Nutrition Education Program’s obesity prevention initiative Body Quest. The innovative and effective youth initiative brings technology and healthy snacks into low-income schools as part of a 15-week intervention that empowers youth to make better food and drink choices and be more ... Read More »

What have you done for your heart lately?

Auburn, Alabama — 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. ... Read More »

Ways to Reduce Heating Bills This Winter

Auburn, Alabama—The price of natural gas has risen and will continue to rise, putting the bite on nearly every household in America.   The rising prices are due in part to natural disasters that affected the supply of natural gas, but also due in part that natural gas is a nonrenewable resource, and it is getting more expensive over time for ... Read More »

Five Commonalities in Healthy Marriages

Auburn, Alabama — No two people are exactly the same, just as no two relationships are exactly the same. However, the number one skill all couples must develop to ensure a long-lasting, healthy relationship is communication, according to an expert. Debra Ward, an Alabama Cooperative Extension System regional agent in human development and family studies, has guided multiple couples to healthy marriages. Ward advises ... Read More »

Credit Vs. Debit: How to Avoid “Falling Into the Trap”

AUBURN, Ala.- Young Millennials are hearty consumers. Everyday purchasing decisions surround our lives. With limited hard-cash assets and the growth in paperless payments, the economy is becoming more controlled by debit cards and credit cards. Daily, U.S. consumers are faced with the challenge of budgeting such accounts properly. This task is not always easy. Although they are similar in appearance, credit and debit cards have many ... Read More »

Vitamins and Minerals: How much of each do you really need

Auburn, Alabama — We hear so much about the value of vitamins and minerals in helping to improve our health — but how do we know what kind and how much is the right amount? Sufficient amounts of vitamins and minerals are essential because they perform hundreds of functions in the body. They help build strong bones, strengthen your immune system, ... Read More »

Preparing the home for cold weather

Auburn, Alabama — Cold weather is slowly making its way to the South and it’s time for residents to prepare their homes. Wil Golden, Alabama Extension coordinator for Macon County, said there are many steps homeowners should take each fall when planning for cold weather. “Homes here aren’t made the same as they are in the North because of climate ... Read More »

Resources to Ease Winter Storm Worries

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AUBURN, Ala.—As a winter storm moves across the South, Alabama Extension offers recommendations for how to prepare for ice, loss of electricity and other impacts from the storm. A free online resource is Extension’s Emergency Handbook is filled with information to help you weather this storm successfully.  You can download it to your iPad or iPhone from iBooks. The Emergency Handbook contains more than 100 pages ... Read More »