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7 Foods Pregnant Women Should Eat

Auburn, Alabama— Most moms-to-be try and eat as healthy as they can, but how do you know if you’re eating enough of what your baby needs? What you eat directly affects your baby’s growth and development. Eating healthy foods can prevent some birth defects, aid in a baby’s development and keep the mother healthy through the pregnancy. Dr. Onikia Brown, ... Read More »

Parents: Be App Savvy to Keep Children and Teens Safe

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AUBURN, Alabama —  Pokémon Go is  taking the world by storm. It has soared to the top of app charts as people engage in nostalgia for the original Pokémon games and play games in public. In addition to Pokémon Go, teens are also online playing games, posting, commenting and sending images. While the Internet can be a fun way to occupy time, there ... Read More »

Acid Reflux Disease: A Growing Problem in United States

Auburn, Alabama—Gastroesophageal reflux disease, commonly known as acid reflux disease, is a growing problem throughout the United States. However, many people are not aware of what actually triggers acid reflux disease, and that just because you have occasional heartburn, doesn’t mean you necessarily have acid reflux disease. The first thing that has to be understood is the difference between some of these ... Read More »

Today’s Mom Program Helps Moms and Their Babies

Auburn, Ala.—The Today’s Mom Program teaches nutrition and healthy lifestyle choices to moms-to-be. It was developed in 1987 in an effort to help lower infant mortality in Alabama. Being that Alabama had the highest rate in the nation at this time, this program was in high demand. In the beginning, 615 moms-to-be enrolled in the program. The Today’s Mom program is an ... Read More »

Alabama Extension Scientist Explains Advisory Issued for Several Alabama Water Systems

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AUBURN, Ala.—A scientist with the Alabama Cooperative Extension System says that the health advisory issued by the Environmental Protection Agency related to several Alabama water systems focuses on two compounds, perfluorooctane sulfonate (PFOS) and perfluorooactanoic acid (PFOA). The Alabama Department of Public Health and the Alabama Department of Environmental Management have identified several water systems in north Alabama that had ... Read More »

Extension’s Master Gardeners Making a Difference in Lives of Cancer Survivors

Auburn, Ala.—June 5 is National Cancer Survivors Day. It is a CELEBRATION for those who have survived, an INSPIRATION for those recently diagnosed, a gathering of SUPPORT for families and an OUTREACH to the community. There are nearly 14.5 million people living with and beyond cancer in the U.S. today, and more than 32 million cancer survivors worldwide. According to Kerry Smith, ... Read More »

Fire Ant Stings Can Be Deadly

SELMA, Ala.—An Alabama woman recently died of anaphylactic shock after sustaining numerous fire ant stings. Allergic reactions to fire ant bites are rare, but require immediate medical attention. Fire Ant Stings May Cause Anaphylactic Shock More than one fire ant sting can result in serious medical problems, even in people with normal immune systems. While most people can tolerate stings, ... Read More »

Extension iBook Helps You Prepare for Storms and Clean-Up After They Pass

AUBURN, Alabama—Saturday, April 30 is National PrepareAthon Day. Individuals, families and communities are invited to participate in this grassroots effort for preparedness action. Every Alabama family needs to prepare for severe weather. In a single year, the gamut of extreme weather may range from tornadoes in the spring to violent thunderstorms and flash flooding in the summer to fall hurricanes and ... Read More »

ALABAMA EFNEP PROGRAM HAS SUCCESSFUL YEAR AND IMPACTS

Auburn, Alabama—For more than 50 years, the Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP) has been an integral part of Family and Consumer Science with the Alabama Cooperative Extension System. EFNEP teaches limited-resource individuals how to improve their dietary practices and become more effective managers of available resources. “EFNEP, a USDA flagship nutrition education program, is strategically poised to address ... Read More »

Still Following Your New Year’s Fitness Goals?

AUBURN, Alabama—According to a study performed by Nielsen in 2015, more than 50 percent of U.S. consumers made New Years goals concerning health and wellness.  However, there tends to be a disconnect between wanting a healthy lifestyle and the genuine behavior. Another Nielsen study done in 2014 said 75 percent of consumers felt they could manage health issues through proper nutrition, but 91 ... Read More »