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Category: Health & Nutrition

IMPROVING FUNCTIONAL FITNESS AND REDUCING RISK OF SARCOPENIA IN OLDER ADULTS.

W. Lynch, UF/IFAS Extension, Putnam County, East Palatka, FL. Situation: Florida’s 65 and older population is 19.9%[1] and is estimated to reach 32.5% by 2030 [22] ; 23.2% of Putnam[33] County residents are ages 65… Read More

AGING WELL IN FLORIDA, A TRI-COUNTY APPROACH

L. Duncan, UF/ IFAS Extension Sumter County, L. Spence, UF/IFAS Extension Marion County, M. Wilchcombe, UF/IFAS Extension Lake County. Situation: The population in The Villages Florida continues to grow. Following a series of programs called… Read More

IMPROVING CULINARY SKILLS THROUGH THE COOK SMART, EAT SMART PROGRAM.

V. Zabala, UF/IFAS Extension Orange County, Orlando, FL. Situation: In general, foods prepared away from home provide more calories, sodium, and saturated fats than foods prepared at home. The Food & Drug Administration reports that… Read More

THE SWEET STORY ABOUT SUGAR.

G. Sachs, UF/IFAS Extension, St. Augustine, St. Johns County, FL. Situation: Youth raised in urban settings tend to be less connected with agriculture, unfamiliar with where their food comes from, and lack basic nutrition and… Read More

INCREASING ACCESSIBILITY TO FRESH PRODUCE IN URBAN FOOD DESERTS IN VOLUSIA COUNTY, FLORIDA.

J. Sewards, University of Florida/IFAS Extension, Volusia County, DeLand, Fl. Situation: Many communities search for ways to increase access to fresh produce as a way to improve overall health outcomes and build a sense of… Read More

COVID-19 and UF/IFAS Extension

Updated 03/16/20 As we continue to monitor COVID-19 in Florida, I wanted to take a moment to update our UF/IFAS Extension community about our current status, best practices and next steps. Please call your local… Read More

ORANGE COUNTY EXTENSION HEALTHY LIVING EXPO: KID’S ZONE Souers, M, UF/IFAS Extension, Orange County, Orlando, FL.

Situation/Objectives: Statistics show that youth obesity and health issues such as diabetes are a growing problem across the U.S. (CDC, Healthy Schools, 2018). 4-H Healthy Living programs support the effort to change youth eating habits… Read More

I ATE MY HOMEWORK! AN INTEGRATIVE PROGRAM GROWING IN SCHOOLS H. Wooten, UF/IFAS Extension, Seminole County, Sanford, FL, K. McCormick, UF/IFAS Extension, Seminole County, Sanford, FL. K. Henry, UF/IFAS Extension, Seminole County, Sanford, FL. C. Woodard, UF/IFAS Extension, Seminole County, Sanford, FL.

Situation: School teachers in urban counties pursue activities growing plants that reinforce learning science, engineering, technology, and mathematics. Hydroponics in the classroom offers an affordable, reliable, and manageable hands- on activity for students to demonstrate… Read More

SHARING WISDOM: AN INTERDISCIPLINARY APPROACH TO MATTERS OF HEALTH AND WEALTH AS WE AGE. L. Duncan, UF/ IFAS Extension Sumter County, L. Spence, UF/IFAS Extension Marion County, M. Wilchcombe, UF/IFAS Extension Lake County.

Situation: AARP reports one in eight Americans who are over the age of 65 are the fastest growing segment of the aging population. According to the 2010 U.S. Census, in 2030 one in five Americans… Read More

LONELINESS: THE ELEPHANT IN THE ROOM. L. Spence, UF/IFAS

Situation: As we age, it’s natural for friendship connections to shrink. Considering health, mobility, and other constraints, initiating new networks is more difficult. Compounding loneliness, partners, friends, and family become infirm, die or move away…. Read More