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Family Gardening: Growing Together

AUBURN, Ala. — Many people look to gardening for the produce, stress relief or profit, but why not make it a family learning project.  Incorporating children into a gardening project offers several benefits including life lessons, practical knowledge about vegetables and closer families. Learning Children learn responsibility when the family plants a garden. They will have to water and check the ... Read More »

Fitness this Fall

Auburn, Alabama — Tis the season of chilly weather, big comfy sweaters and relaxing breaks from work and school. With the changing weather, the busyness of the holidays and holiday indulgences, a good fitness regimen and healthy eating habits can be difficult to maintain. But this season can actually be a perfect time to begin a new exercise routine that will ... Read More »

Planning Ahead Can Help Keep Santa Out of Debt

Auburn, Alabama — Every year, thousands of Americans go into debt during the holidays because Santa and his elves went a little over budget. With Christmas shopping, increasing prices and hosting holiday parties, it is no wonder consumers have trouble staying out of debt. Plan Ahead Gloria Marks, a regional Extension agent with the Alabama Cooperative Extension System, says it is easy ... Read More »

Holiday Traditions

AUBURN, Ala.- It is the most wonderful time of the year! Holiday season is full of joy, decorations, family, friends and gatherings. As early as   Dec. 1, Christmas music is playing, getting people in the holiday spirit. Holiday season brings holiday traditions. Wanda Carpenter, a family and child development regional agent with the Alabama Cooperative Extension System says, “Traditions are important ... Read More »

AlProHealth – A Win-Win Partnership between CDC, Alabama Extension’s EFNEP Program and SNAP-ED

Auburn, Alabama — A perfect example of the win-win partnership between a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention grant, Alabama Extension’s EFNEP program and SNAP-Ed is found in Tuskegee, Alabama, a rural community of 8,800 residents. The poverty rate there is 29 percent and 96 percent of the population is African-American. Similar to a three-year CDC grant, Alabama Preventing and ... 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 »

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

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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 »