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How to Keep Kids Safe at Halloween

Auburn, Ala.— It is time again to dress up as our favorite princess or superhero! That’s right, Halloween is upon us. Children (and adults) look forward to roaming neighborhoods for free candy the whole year. However, with great fun comes great responsibility. There are many general, food and clothing safety precautions that parents and homeowners should take before planning their trick ... Read More »

Alabama Extension’s Debby Mathews Active in National NEAFCS Leadership

Debby Mathews, Alabama Extension coordinator for Cleburne County, recently completed her year as president of the National Extension Association of Family and Consumer Sciences. However, her role as immediate past president with the national organization guarantees her continued leadership. Extension Experience Mathews has been with Extension since 1984. She began as an assistant county agent in Cleburne County  and moved ... Read More »

Be Safe After a Disaster

AUBURN, Ala. – While Alabama is dodging the fury of Hurricane Matthew, millions along the Atlantic coast from Florida to the Carolinas are in his path.  It is important for Alabama residents to remember the importance of being prepared for a hurricane or other severe weather. When natural disasters strike, take care of yourself and your family first. There are ... Read More »

The Way You Value Money Affects Your Savings

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Auburn, Alabama–According to the Making Money Count curriculum, people look at money in many different ways. Alabama Extension regional agents in Family Resource Development and Workforce Development use the Making Money Count curriculum to teach citizens throughout the state how to better manage their finances. The curriculum, developed by the University of Missouri Cooperative Extension, shows that some individuals view money as a sense of security or a ... Read More »

Extension Helps New Parents With Parenting Skills


Auburn, Alabama—When couples find out the wonderful news that they are expecting, most feel excited.The the news may also bring nervousness and concerns. Luckily, they have nine months to prepare for this life-changing event. “Pregnancy offers parents the perfect time to take proactive steps such as developing parenting plans with their partners, birthing plans with their doctors and nurses and learning ... Read More »

AlProHealth Cullman County Helping Limited Resource Families

Cullman, Ala.— Every month, 800 limited-resource families in Cullman County increase access to healthier food choices through the efforts of ALProHealth and its partners. AlProHealth Cullman County is a group of individuals working together to address obesity in the county. They use the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Programs to Reduce Obesity in High Obesity Areas research-proven strategies. ALProHealth ... Read More »

Exercise and your heart

Auburn, Ala.—The heart is one of the most important organs in the body.  It constantly pumps blood throughout the body so that the body receives the oxygen and nutrients it needs to function. Exercise, or a lack there of, and bad eating habits can negatively affect the heart and are linked to cardiovascular diseases and other conditions. Specifically, lack of exercise and bad eating habits increase ... Read More »

And The Eating Games Begin

AUBURN, Alabama — Starting with football season in September and going through Easter in the spring, there’s one eating event after another. According to Helen Jones, an Alabama Extension regional agent in Human Nutrition, Diet and Health, many social gatherings with family and friends center around eating. Unfortunately, many of these events promote overeating or unhealthy eating. If you prepare yourself ... Read More »

Building a professional resume

AUBURN, Ala. — Making a great first impression is crucial when applying for a new job position. Presenting yourself and your skills in the best way possible can be the determining factor in how a potential employer will consider your application. In most cases, the first form of contact that applicants will have with employers is a professional resume. A ... Read More »

6 Foods Pregnant Women Should Avoid

Auburn, Alabama—Whether you’re a 6-day-a-week yogi or a couch potato, your pregnancy is the time to be as health conscious as possible. What you eat not only affects your health but also your baby’s as well. Eating healthy foods and avoiding unhealthy ones will support your baby’s development and can even help it cultivate a preference for healthy foods. Katie Funderburk, ... Read More »