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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 »

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 »

The Long Term Effects of Bullying

Auburn, Alabama — Is your child being bullied or bullying others? The American Justice Department reports that one out of every four children will be bullied sometime during their adolescence. (bullyingstatistics.org.) With busy schedules and scattered brains, it is possible to overlook what a child or someone close to you might be enduring at school, extracurricular activities or even online. But what does ... Read More »

In-Home Poisons: What You Need to Know

Auburn, Alabama —Have you ever called one twin by the other twin’s name? Or accidentally used baking powder instead of flour? These are simple mistakes that are easy to fix. Some mix-ups, however, are not as easily reversed. Several common items in the home look strikingly similar to poisonous items and can easily be accidentally used or consumed. It is ... Read More »