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Body Quest Encourages Better Food and Drink Choices, Increase Physical Activity

Body Quest

AUBURN, Ala.— A group of anime characters, the Body Quest Warriors, are leading the fight to prevent childhood obesity. For the past seven years, thousands of third graders across Alabama have taken charge of their health by participating in Alabama Extension’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program–Education (SNAP-Ed) obesity prevention initiative Body Quest: Food of the Warrior. The innovative youth initiative brings technology ... Read More »

Folate: What to Know About This Vitamin

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AUBURN, Ala.—Folate is a vitamin that does not get much attention from current health trends, but it is an essential nutrient for our bodies that provides many health benefits. Folate, a water-soluble B vitamin, metabolizes amino acids and helps create red blood cells. The vitamin also helps synthesize DNA and RNA. Health Benefits  Folate has a great effect on neural ... Read More »

Everyday Eating: Foods to Add, Keep or Remove

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Auburn, Alabama —The saying “you are what you eat” couldn’t be truer when it comes to leading a healthy life. Christina Levert, an Alabama Extension Human, Nutrition, Diet and Health regional agent, says  “the food we eat can have a direct impact on our everyday health, energy levels and risks for chronic diseases. To maintain a healthy lifestyle, it is important to strive ... Read More »

Blood Pressure: What’s Your Number?

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AUBURN, Alabama — Approximately 75 million people in the United States have high blood pressure. This means one out of every three people is impacted by this disease, according to the Centers for Disease Control. If left untreated, high blood pressure can lead to stroke, heart attack, kidney disease, heart failure and other heath concerns. These illnesses contribute to approximately 1,000 ... Read More »

Statewide Extension Partners take steps to build a culture of health April 24-28

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Normal, Ala.—The Alabama Cooperative Extension System’s Urban Affairs and New Nontraditional Programs unit is taking its first steps toward “Building a Culture of Health” by leading a health and wellness initiative across the state of Alabama. During the week of April 24-28, Extension staff from Alabama Agricultural and Mechanical University (AAMU), Auburn University, and Tuskegee University will conduct various local or ... Read More »

Salads: nutritious and delicious

Auburn, Alabama—Salads are one of the best ways to pack many vegetables and nutrients into one meal, but all salads are not equally nutritious. A big bowl of lettuce with creamy dressing probably will not provide the health benefits you are looking for. A nutrient-dense salad depends on how you bulk it up with a variety of greens and toppings. ... Read More »

Gluten-Free Lifestyle: Is it Good for our Health?

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Auburn, Alabama — Nowadays, you can’t go anywhere without hearing the words gluten-free. You may feel pressured to jump on the bandwagon diet that celebrities endorse. Every grocery store, restaurant and many convenient stores offer a variety of gluten-free options to satisfy the growing popularity of this lifestyle. To understand what all the buzz is about, Dr. Onikia Brown, an ... Read More »

Healthy Fast Food, is this a Myth?

Auburn, Alabama—It’s Tuesday at 6 p.m. you just got off work, you  are hungry, tired and don’t feel like cooking and you are looking for healthy fast food. On your way home you see a McDonald’s. You’re trying to eat healthy. Instead of going home and eating you tell yourself you will order the grilled chicken sandwich, which is healthier, right? ... Read More »

Size Matters in Food Servings

Auburn, Alabama— It can be difficult to not only maintain a healthy diet but understand the correct portion size for each meal. With restaurants serving enormous plates of food, fast food serving a whole day’s worth of calories for one meal, and pizza slices being served in larger portions every year, it has become harder to know how much to ... 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 »