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What Have You Done for Your Heart Lately?

Yes, 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. February ... Read More »

Extension Promoting Health Literacy in Alabama

When it comes to literacy, “health” is not the first word that comes to mind. Oftentimes, literacy is associated solely with education in the academic sense, discarding the notion of literacy for health. In a nation where 81 percent of patients over age 60 cannot read or understand basic materials such as prescriptions labels, health literacy has become imperative in ... Read More »

Have a Healthy HAPPY NEW YEAR 2015

Every year Americans make New Year’s resolutions to lose weight, eat healthier and move more. But, for many people those resolutions don’t last more than a month or two into the New Year. As you start 2015, think positively about your health and set measurable and attainable goals for the year. Sharon Haynes, a regional health and nutrition agent with ... Read More »

Weight-Loss Fraud Abundant In The Marketplace

Weight loss

Weight-loss fraud is flooding the marketplace. Fraudulent weight-loss claims can be found in almost every communications medium — television, radio, print, mail and the Internet. Modern con artists annually cheat Americans out of an estimated $10-$40 billion in weight-loss fraud alone. They target and exploit vulnerable children, teens, and low income consumers desperate to find a solution to their weight ... Read More »

Healthy Eating Habits Start at Home

Healthy eating habits

Obesity is a national issue that continues to affect millions of Americans, specifically children and adolescents. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, childhood obesity has more than doubled in children and quadrupled in adolescents in the past 30 years. To address this issue, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has recently mandated higher nutrition standards for ... Read More »

Common Cold: Five Ways to Avoid it This Season

What is the common cold? The common cold is one of the most frequent illnesses and the main reason for work and school related absences in the U.S. each year. Adults average between two and four, and children have an average of six to eight per year. Although the illness is often seen in mild cases, symptoms can include runny ... Read More »