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“Harvest for Health”—Healing Gardens for Cancer Survivors

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AUBURN, Ala.—Cancer recovery can feel like a long and lonely road. For the 14.5 million people living with and beyond cancer in the United States, daily struggles are a reality. Auburn University’s Department of Horticulture, the Alabama Cooperative Extension System’s Home Grounds Team, Alabama Master Gardeners and the University of Alabama at Birmingham’s Comprehensive Cancer Center have partnered together to ... Read More »

February is Healthy Heart Month

AUBURN, Alabama — Heart disease is the leading cause of death for men and women in most racial and ethnic groups in the United States. Every year, 1 in 4 deaths are caused by heart disease. Heart disease, including stroke and other cardiovascular diseases, claim more lives than all forms of cancer combined. According to statistics, someone in the United ... Read More »

Exercise Can Help Reduce Stress in Your Life

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AUBURN, Alabama—In today’s fast-paced society, stress is a common factor in a person’s daily life. Whether triggered internally or externally, stress can mentally and physically affect our bodies. Most people struggle finding ways to reduce stress in their lives. The simplest answer is exercise.  Benefits of Exercise “Exercise increases endorphins, feel-good neurotransmitters in the brain which increases a person’s overall mood ... Read More »

Estate Planning: Leaving a Legacy

AUBURN, Alabama –Estate planning is planning in advance and identifying the individual(s) you want to receive your possessions after you die,” said Dr. Theresa Jones, a regional family resource management and workforce development Extension agent with the Alabama Cooperative Extension System Jones said the plan should include a will, a living will (health care proxy or advance directive), a trust, power of attorney and ... Read More »

Avoid Problems from Winter Weather

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AUBURN, Ala.—As an Arctic cold front moves in from the west, Alabama Extension offers recommendations for how to prepare for possible snow, loss of electricity and other impacts from the storm. The National Weather Service (NWS) has issued a winter weather advisory for much of central Alabama. NWS said the potential for light to moderate snow exists through early Wednesday. ... Read More »

Cold Snap Won’t Faze Insect Pests

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AUBURN, Alabama—If the recent cold snap had hopes of an insect-free season springing to mind, think again. Even after a week of frigid temperatures—uncharacteristic even for Alabama winters—insects will likely survive. Dr. Xing Ping Hu, an Alabama Extension entomologist said insects are not usually susceptible to cold temperatures. “Some crops, fruit trees and even livestock animals may fall prey to ... Read More »

Avoiding Stress During the Holidays

AUBURN, Ala. – While the holidays can be a time of fun and fellowship, they can also be a time of stress. There are some healthy ways to reduce stress and make the most of your holiday season. Synithia Flowers, a regional Alabama Extension agent who focuses on family and child development, offers some advice. “First, don’t try to control everything; ... Read More »

Insect Pests Want ‘In’

AUBURN, Ala.—Social media outlets detail stories of lady beetles invading homes through cracks, crevices and doors during the fall. These insect pests aren’t the only ones seeking warmer shelter during the cooler months. Stinkbugs and kudzu bugs are also likely to be found in homes as the weather begins to change. Alabama Cooperative Extension System entomologist Dr. Xing Ping Hu ... Read More »

Credit Card Spending at Christmas

AUBURN, Ala. – Many people now avoid the crowds and do their Christmas shopping online. Experts predict that this Christmas season consumers will spend more money that ever buying gifts on the internet. Last season set new records of internet spending, and this year, more of the large retailers are targeting internet shoppers with bargains. This means that there will be more ... Read More »

Exercise for 50+

Auburn, Alabama — Exercising might be easier said and done for many people. It gets harder when you get older. The most critical stage in life to maintain a healthy lifestyle is age 50 and beyond. Individuals in this age group sometimes have difficulty mobilizing as a way of exercise.  Many can still maintain a healthy lifestyle by just moving. What you can do ... Read More »